UPDATE: Thankfully George Miller has now corrected the record, saying that the below quotes were totally misinterpreted on a loud, busy red carpet. Here's what he told The Wrap.
“She completely got the wrong fragments of information that were just not true. I said no, [another Mad Max movie] will not be next, and she took that to mean I never wanted to make another Mad Max. It won’t necessarily be next, but I have two more stories.”
So rest assured, apocalypse fans. Miller still wants to make more Mad Max movies.
Previously: Since the release of Mad Max: Fury Road last May, we've been hearing about more potential sequels. Writer-director George Miller has mentioned multiple scripts and in October said he was in discussion with Warner Bros. for the next installment. But for a movie as successful as Mad Max: Fury Road — critically and awards-wise more than financially, though it was certainly no flop — it's been surprising that no official green light has been given for Mad Max 5 yet. Now, sadly, comes word that there may never be another at all.
"I won't make more Mad Max movies," Miller said Sunday night following the Golden Globes, according to Page Six. The director, who was nominated for a Globe and just received his first DGA Awards nomination for helming Fury Road, claims the last one just took too long. "I’ve shot in Australia in a field of wild flowers and flat red earth when it rained heavily forever," he's quoted as saying without much context. "We had to wait 18 months and every return to the U.S. was 27 hours. Those Mad Maxes take forever. I won’t do those anymore.”
If he won't do another, though, could someone else take the reins? It's hard to imagine anyone else making a Mad Max movie given that Miller has directed every one so far. And it would be a hard task not just filling his shoes but following the incredible reception Fury Road has had. Miller and the movie are among the most honored of the past year, and at least the latter will be garnering a ton of Oscar nominations this Thursday. Maybe even one for Best Picture. Would anyone even want the gig?
Of course, Miller himself could also be thinking he'll never live up to the success of Fury Road. Still, it seemed ludicrous for the title character, previously and iconically played by Mel Gibson, to be recast and that obviously worked out just fine. It also has seemed implausible that Charlize Theron, arguably the most popular part of Fury Road, would return for another movie, and that isn't a deal breaker for fans, either. The Mad Max franchise has changed a lot over the years, and more change shouldn't be seen as negative.
The 70-year-old Miller is interested in doing something small without special effects for his next directorial project, but in the past he said this would just come before another Mad Max sequel. Presumably if they do continue without him at the helm he'd still produce in some capacity. However, saying he won't make them anymore sounds like he's walking away entirely. Hopefully, at the very least, his previously discussed scripts for other installments will be used, because the franchise needs him.