With the current situation in the world, it’s surreal to be talking about George Miller’s Mad Max movies. However, it is worth noting that in a new Variety article about films that have been put on hold, the trade mentions that Miller has been meeting over Skype with stars such as Anya Taylor-Joy for his Furiosa spinoff film. Anya Taylor-Joy is known for such films as The Witch, Split, Glass, Emma and stars in the upcoming The New Mutants.
The trade says the filmmaker hopes to start shooting Furiosa movie in 2021, though he had scheduled to begin Three Thousand Years of Longing with Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton first.
Imperator Furiosa was played by Charlize Theron in Miller’s highly-acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road, which opened in 2015 and grossed $375.2 million worldwide. Miller previously told Indiewire that he was working on two stories both involving Mad Max, as well as a Furiosa story. It appears that the latter might be going to the front of the line.
Mad Max: Fury Road was a return to the world of the Road Warrior, Max Rockatansky (played by Tom Hardy). In the film, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by Furiosa.
They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.
Deadline previously asked Miller about continuing the Mad Max storyline. “I’m not done with the Mad Max story and I think you have to be a multi-tasker and there’s certainly another Mad Max coming down the pike after this,” he said.
“We’re in preparation on that as well. It’s an interesting question, the idea of multi-tasking. I discuss this with other filmmakers and I think what happens to me is that when you’re working on one thing, and you get so distracted and focused on that one thing, it’s like a creative holiday to focus on the other one for a bit. It helps you achieve that objectivity, to look at the thing afresh each time and say, I thought I was doing this, but it doesn’t seem to be the case now.”
Mad Max: Fury Road received ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director. It ended up winning six Oscars for Best Film Editing, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.
The film also stars Nicholas Hoult as Nux, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Immortan Joe, Josh Helman as Slit, Nathan Jones as Rictus Erectus, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as The Splendid Angharad, Riley Keough as Capable, Zoë Kravitz as Toast the Knowing, Abbey Lee as The Dag, and Courtney Eaton as Cheedo the Fragile.
Also featured in the movie are John Howard, Richard Carter, singer/songwriter/performer iOTA, Angus Sampson, Jennifer Hagan, Megan Gale, Melissa Jaffer, Melita Jurisic, Gillian Jones and Joy Smithers.