Can We Expect Mel Gibson in the 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Sequel?

– by Joseph Medina

While there were some "Mad Max" fans who were looking forward to "Fury Road" coming out earlier this year, one couldn't have predicted just how well general audiences would respond to it. Between the fast-paced action, topnotch visual effects, and feminist controversy, it really became quite the talk of the summer. Since then, fans have been clamoring for some sort of sequel--especially after director George Miller began sharing details about having written two scripts already. But what can we actually expect from the sequel?

In an interview with Deadline, George Miller delved into certain aspects of "Mad Max: Fury Road," but also went on to share a few oh-so-minor details regarding the potential sequels.

Here's a bit of what Miller had to say regarding the next film:

"The more I speculate about what’s happening [regarding the sequels], the more I try to avoid spoilers this far out, and also I find myself talking around in circles. So the best thing I can say is that we’re definitely in discussion about making more of these, but the timing of it, I’m really not sure. Probably won’t be called 'Wasteland.' I can say that. It was just the working title we gave it."

One other interesting thing that some fans seem to be stuck on is the possibility of Mel Gibson returning to the "Mad Max" franchise. For those unfamiliar with their "Mad Max" history, Gibson played the titular Max for the first three films, and was even on board to return in "Fury Road" back in the early 2000s before production was canceled due to the 9/11 attacks. Needless to say, Gibson did not make his way back into "Fury Road," and was eventually replaced by the excellent Tom Hardy.

Tom Hardy as Max in "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Tom Hardy as Max in "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Miller has made it more than clear that Hardy will be back, but is there the slightest of possibilities that Gibson would make his way back into the franchise, in some form or another?

"Not in these movies, for a very simple reason. If Mel, who is Max in a lot of people’s memories, appeared in the next movie, it would pull audiences out of the movie for a bit, and we worked so hard to keep people immersed in the movie as much as possible. It would be like, I don’t know, seeing Roger Moore appearing in a Daniel Craig James Bond movie. It would be fun, but it would also pull you out of the experience of the movie."

So don't expect to see Gibson in the films anytime soon. And speaking of the films, as far as we know, we're still likely quite a ways away from the next one, as Miller has made it clear in the past that he'd prefer to cleanse his palate with a small feature before jumping back into any visual effects-heavy movies.

What do you hope to see out of the sequel? Let us know in the comments down below!

SOURCE: Deadline

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