Does Director George Miller Suddenly Not Want to Make Any Mad Max Movies?

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After everything we’ve heard about how the original plan was to film Fury Road and its sequel at the same time and about how the George Miller already wrote the sequel, you’d expect him to go ahead and make it. What’s this now? Suddenly Miller’s out?


A statement from Miller appears on Page Six and, due to the way the copy is formatted, it’s kind of hard to figure out what’s going on. Here it is, as originally published:

Australian director of the snubbed “Mad Max: Fury Road” George Miller: “I won’t make more ‘Mad Max’ movies. ‘Fury Road’ with Charlize Theron, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Riley Keough was forever getting completed. If you finish one in a year, it’s considered a leap of faith. Start, stop, start again.

“I’ve shot in Australia in a field of wild flowers and flat red earth when it rained heavily forever. We had to wait 18 months and every return to the US was 27 hours. Those ‘Mad Maxes’ take forever. I won’t do those anymore.”

Say whaaa?

It might be all one George Miller quote, but the way all those names are listed is downright weird. All of the stuff about how long they take and how hard it is does seem like an explanation of why Miller’s done, but that could also mean he’s done making them that way. Maybe they’ll stop shooting in Australia. Maybe he’ll turn the script over to someone else to direct—which is honestly somehow worst than him just closing the series on such a high note.

If Miller is seriously just done with Mad Max, that would be a shame. He’s shown remarkable dedication to it over the previous decades, though. Given the obvious confusion, we hope some clarification is forthcoming.

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Maybe he just wants to go out all historic on a Fury Road?