George Miller Plans a Third New 'Mad Max' and Animated 'Fur Brigade'
About a year and a half ago, we learned that director George Miller might have another sequel planned to follow Mad Max: Fury Road, the film that's been delayed for over a year now, but aims to go into production sometime next year. There were rumblings that he might shoot the films back-to-back, but it's more likely the studio will wait for the first film to hit the box office to plan sequels. However, Miller seems to be prepared if that ever happens as Australian Financial Review (via Bleeding Cool) profiled the filmmaker who revealed plans for a third new Mad Max sequel, and Fur Brigade, a new animated film.
On the Mad Max front, the source recalls that the film was ready to shoot in September of 2010, then got pushed back to April 2011 when heavy rain in the desert ruined their location. Now the film is slated to shoot in Namibia next April, and Miller spouted off plans for a third film to go along with the rumored plan for at least one sequel before that. Miller said, "We started with [Fury Road], but we then started to do a second story and a third. We’ve written the script for the second and almost finished the third. We never intended to, they were part of the exploration of the characters.” It's at least interesting to hear that this isn't necessarily part of the studio plan (at least not yet), and that the scripts for the sequels seem to have come about organically. Of course, we'll have to see how Fury Road fares at the box office before anyone gets excited about the potential for a trilogy.
Meanwhile, on another end of the spectrum, Miller has plans to stay in the family film game after taking on Happy Feet and the recently released sequel. Apparently Miller has been working on a new animated film called Fur Brigade. No plot details were divulged, but Miller calls it "the most ambitious thing we’ve done.” It might be a bit hyperbolic, but given the interesting nature and surprise success of Happy Feet (even if the sequel hasn't been a runaway hit so far), Miller obviously has an eye for original family films. But for now, let's all hope Mad Max: Fury Road doesn't encounter another unfortunate production delay.