Five years ago, decades after Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome hit theaters, visionary Australian director George Miller finally brought his franchise back with the action masterpiece Fury Road. The shoot, which took place in the dusty African desert, was legendarily challenging, but the final result was a universally acclaimed hit.
Now the 75-year-old director is getting ready to go back to war and film another installment of his groundbreaking series. A sequel to Fury Road was rumored when the film came out, but legal issues prevented it from moving forward. But those issues have since been resolved, and Miller is apparently ready to start shooting Mad Max: The Wasteland later this year.
Fury Road starred Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, and the stars weren’t shy about discussing how difficult the filming was. It was shot in the Namib Desert in southern Africa, took 120 days, required reshoots, and featured friction between the two stars. One look at the finished film and it’s clear why it took so long; the movie is essentially one long chase scene with dangerous, elaborately staged stunts in the middle of the desert. It could not have been much fun!
But the movie was a huge success, and Miller was vocal about having enough material for additional movies. A dispute with Warner Bros. held things up, but now that it’s been resolved, Mad Max: The Wasteland, one of the director’s two ideas (the other is reportedly a spin-off focused Theron’s character Furiosa) appears to be moving forward as quickly as this fall.
There are no plot details yet, nor any casting confirmations for Hardy or Theron, but the news is exciting nonetheless. Miller has to wrap up his next movie, the decidedly less post-apocalyptic Three Thousand Years of Longing, before getting back to Max, but as of now, things appear to be moving ahead.
Hopefully, this shoot goes more smoothly!