George Miller is responsible for giving two generations of film fans some of the greatest action films ever made with the Mad Max franchise. I can’t get enough of Fury Road, and all its action and visual glory.
Shortly after the film’s release this year, Miller confirmed he wrote more stories during the development of Fury Road. That turned into rumors that Miller could possibly do another Mad Max film w/ Tom Hardy, titled The Wasteland. The studios (being all about money these days) wanted to see a profit before even considering funding another film. Fury Road ended up grossing just under $375 million on a $150 million production budget, which is profitable. However, the bigger story was the cinema spectacle Fury Road ended up being on the big screen. Critics and fans loved the film, which led for something even bigger potentially happening down the road. Man of Steel 2.
For a little over a month, I’ve been sitting and hoping on this rumor that George Miller will direct the Man of Steel sequel. Its seem like a great fit when considering Miller’s history with Warner Bros and their DC property (almost directing a Justice League film in ’09). Miller also revitalized a franchise in Mad Max for a new generation (a property also tied to Warner Bros). Digital Spy had the chance to ask Miller directly if anything has developed beyond a rumor between him and Warner Bros, in regards to Man of Steel 2.
“There’s been some of that in the mix, but probably not true.”
“I hope the next film I make is a very small film without any special effects and not many stunts.”
Miller confirmed there have been talks about it with Warner Bros, but nothing beyond that at the moment. Man of Steel 2 is not even apart of the announced DC slate between next year and 2020, so announcing a director before a release date wouldn’t make sense. I’m clearly making an argument that a chance exists in Miller directing.
Its actually very smart on Miller’s part to do something small after a big budget/demanding production film like Fury Road. The last thing any director needs is to exhaust themselves with back to back big budget productions, just ask Joss Whedon. Still, at 70 years old George Miller is at the top of his game. What he does next, whether its Mad Max: The Wasteland, Man of Steel 2, or a much smaller film, I’ll be very interested to see.
What would YOU prefer seeing George Miller direct next: Man of Steel 2, Mad Max: The Wasteland, or something different?
Check out Digital Spy’s interview w/ George Miller here.