LONDON – OCTOBER 6, 2015 — (UPI) — George Miller says he has two more Mad Max sequels in the works at Warner Bros.
The 70-year-old Australian director revealed the news in an interview with Top Gear. Miller wrote and directed all four movies in the Mad Max franchise, the most recent being the critical and financial success Mad Max: Fury Road.
“[Fury Road] was greenlit three times and fell over three times in a decade,” he recalled. “But in this process, we had dug down deep into the backstory, not only of the characters, but of every vehicle. How the steering wheels became religious artifacts and things like that.”
“So we ended up with two scripts, without really trying,” he shared. “We’re talking to the studio about it as we speak, but which one of the two stories will happen next, I’m not so sure.”
Miller said he wants to “quickly” do a “small film without special effects” before he returns to the frenetic world of Mad Max. The director revealed he turned down the chance to helm a live-action adaptation of Akira in an interview with Yahoo! Movies this week.
“There was talk of it, but I’ve got so many things on my dance card, I don’t have the time to do everything,” he told the website.
The original Mad Max opened in theaters in 1979 with Mel Gibson as the titular character. The actor returned in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior in 1981 and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome in 1985, and was replaced by Tom Hardy in Fury Road this year.