Sequel buzz has swirled around Mad Max: Fury Road from the very beginning, with Tom Hardy admitting that he was signed for three more films. All of that hangs in doubt now as George Miller, the only man who has ever directed a Mad Max film, has announced that he won't direct any more films in the franchise.
On the same day Miller picked up a Best Director nomination from the Director's Guild of America—hopefully on his way to an Oscar nomination tomorrow—Page Six (link below) ran an interview with the director in which he stated he was done, once and for all, with the franchise he birthed nearly forty years ago.
“I won’t make more ‘Mad Max’ movies. ‘Fury Road’ with Charlize Theron, Zoë Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Riley Keough was forever getting completed. If you finish one in a year, it’s considered a leap of faith. Start, stop, start again.
“I’ve shot in Australia in a field of wild flowers and flat red earth when it rained heavily forever. We had to wait 18 months and every return to the US was 27 hours. Those ‘Mad Maxes’ take forever. I won’t do those anymore.”
Certainly, that can be read a number of ways, referring to them as "those" Mad Maxes, as if perhaps an animated version—which isn't entirely off the table—took shape. Either way, it's hard to think of a Mad Max movie without Miller at the helm, so let's hope that person will be carefully selected by Miller himself and not the studio.
Via Page Six