George Miller wasn’t afraid to let it all hang out during the Comic-Con press conference for Mad Max: Fury Road. And by “it,” I’m of course referring to the legendary 67-year-old filmmaker’s wild ambition. Miller has been trying to make Fury Road for a long time. Hearing him speak at the Comic Con press conference, it’s easy to see why his heart has been in this sequel for well over a decade: it’s not your average summer movie.
Mad Max: Fury Road is an almost nonstop chase. 80% of the movie is comprised of action. To make it sound even sweeter, Miller wanted to deliver stunt-heavy action that leaned on practical effects. Dangerous stunts and chases is what this series is all about, so, thankfully, the filmmaker hasn’t forgotten a part of what made his trilogy so special.
Miller’s return to his post-apocalyptic wasteland doesn’t come out for another 10 months, but he’s already thinking back telling more stories focused on his lone warrior, Max (Tom Hardy). In fact, not only is he considering sequels, he’s gone a few steps further. “In order to tell this story, we came up with two others. We’ve written the screenplay of one and the novelization of another, but it’s a very rough novel,” Miller says. “We kept working on them while we were working on other things.” Now that’s passion. The film takes place only four days, so, naturally, Miller couldn’t resist imagining these characters’ lives outside of Fury Road. They wrote huge backstories that led to the novelizaion and a potential sequel. Let’s hope Fury Road is a hit, because it’d be great to see Miller spend even more time back in his post-apocalyptic wasteland.
Mad Max: Fury Road opens in theaters May 15th, 2015.