On the eve of the release of the new “Black & Chrome” edition of Mad Max: Fury Road that repackages the postapocalyptic muscle car epic in black and white, George Miller caught up with The Independent to talk about his plans for the next Mad Max films.
While Miller previously revealed that he had already written the screenplay for a potential fifth film, The Wasteland, in a Q&A he did with Jeff Goldsmith (via Indie Wire), he’s now told The Independent that he’s actually penned scripts for two more films to follow Fury Road. He penned these with Fury Road co-writer Nico Lathouris.
Said Miller of the potential sequels, “We dug down deep into the subtext, the backstory of all the characters, and indeed the world…and without really thinking about it, we wrote two other screenplays just as part of the bible of the stories. Somewhere, if the planets align, there will be two other films.”
Miller had previously told Goldsmith that one of these stories was a novella: “We’ve got one screenplay and a novella. It happened because with the delays [on Fury Road], and writing all the backstories, they just expanded.” But it sounds like Miller found a way to turn that novella into a movie as well.
Speaking of backstories, what might The Wasteland be about? The longest standing rumor is that the next Mad Max movie will focus on Furiosa, Charlize Theron’s badass heroine from Fury Road. It’s also said that Tom Hardy, who played Max in the latest installment, is also signed on for at least one more movie. It’s been rumored that The Wasteland is in fact a Furiosa prequel, which makes Hardy’s involvement questionable since he didn’t know her before the events of Fury Road.
One backstory that Miller mentioned to The Independent is, strangely enough, the origin of the Doof Warrior, the blind dude who plays a flaming guitar throughout the Fury Road chase scenes. Miller shared that Fury Road‘s fifteen-year gestation period allowed him to really dig deep into the backstories of many of the character seen in the movie, including how Doof Warrior survived the apocalypse.
“I know who his mother was. I know how it was that a man who is mute and blind survived the apocalypse. I know his story very well!” said Miller. “If we get to make another movie, the Doof Warrior will be there!”
We’ll be looking forward to Mad Max: The Wasteland when Mr. Miller is ready to get back to work, and perhaps an appearance from Doof Warrior?