Director George Miller confirmed the obvious over the summer when he said that Mad Max: Fury Road would be receiving a sequel. However, even though the film already has a title (Mad Max: The Wasteland ) it turns out the visionary filmmaker isn’t sure yet what the story will be — because he has two new Mad Max scripts and doesn’t know which to make first.
In talking with Top Gear, Miller explained that while production on Fury Road kept getting pushed back and shifted around, his team started digging “down deep into the backstory, not only of the characters, but of every vehicle. How the steering wheels became religious artifacts and things like that.” Those discussions led to the creation of a pair of scripts, both of which are in contention to become The Wasteland. “So we ended up with two scripts, without really trying. We’re talking to the studio [Warner Bros] about it as we speak, but which one of the two stories will happen next, I’m not so sure.”
It’s not only a matter of “which,” however, as “when” is also part of the equation. Miller expressed his desire to do a low-budget, “quick” film before diving back into the world of Mad Max. “I want to do a small film without special effects before I do any of that, just to do it quickly. We shot Fury Road for eight months… that’s a lot. Every day in the heat and the dust, doing these stunts, it’s very wearing. We’ve got two more planned, but at some point in the future.”
Two more Mad Max films seem entirely probable at this point; it’s now just a waiting game while WB figures out which film it wants first, and Miller makes his Much Ado About Nothing.