George Miller has been talking quite a bit recently about Mad Max sequels, so news that he will not make any further Mad Max sequels should be taken with a grain of salt. But when George Miller himself is the one saying George Miller is done with Mad Max movies, perhaps attention should be paid.
“I won’t make more Mad Max movies,” Miller tells Page Six. “Fury Road… was forever getting completed. If you finish one in a year, it’s considered a leap of faith… those Mad Maxes take forever. I won’t do those anymore.”
One might hasten to note that the definition of the words “make” and “do” are a bit hazy here. Miller has already stated that, although he has elaborate ideas for future Mad Max movies, he might hand off the directing gig to someone else. This would be roughly equivalent to the role George Lucas took in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi — or, for a more modern comparison, the role JJ Abrams seems to be taking in all future Mission: Impossible/Star Trek/Star Wars movies. (Miller did not immediately respond to EW’s request for further comment.)
Actually, it’s worth pointing out that Miller has already handed off a Mad Max movie to another filmmaker: He co-directed Beyond Thunderdome with George Ogilvie. “Co-directing” is unusual in general, but Miller’s process is unique. He’s generally credited with making the Babe films and was the credited director on Babe: Pig in the City, but the first film was officially helmed by Chris Noonan.
Also, after many years of making a new Mad Max movie, Miller is currently in the middle of a neverending campaign to get Fury Road nominated for some Oscars. (He scored a Directors Guild nomination on Tuesday to help further the cause.) The man may just not want to talk about Mad Max right now, is what we’re saying. Still, as of right now, this moment, Miller sounds more likely to make Happy Feet Three than Mad Max: The Wasteland.
(That’s right: The director of Mad Max: Fury Road made the dancing penguin movies. Life is strange.)