Who’d’ve thought five years ago that Mad Max: Fury Road would be the critical darling it ended up as? Sure, the franchise had a loyal fan base, but few could have expected it to actually be up for genuine Oscar consideration in the year following its release. Indeed, that was how it turned out, but Oscar consideration doesn’t always mean a sequel.
Mad Max: Fury Road ultimately didn’t set the box-office on fire, making $378.8 million on a $150 million budget. It likely made back its budget to make a minor profit, but it wasn’t exactly a runaway hit. Add into that the budgetary conflict between the studio and director George Miller, and you have a recipe for delay. But is the film actually happening? Speaking with Variety, star Tom Hardy seemed hopeful.
“It was always the plan to do three of them, so I think we’re still waiting on being given the opportunity and the green light to go ahead on the next one. But when I engaged on that there was a plethora of material on it.”
“Obviously, it belongs to Warner Bros. so it would be them who greenlit it. But a lot of projects are in radial, you know you wait for something to land when it’s real, and as soon as it’s real we’ll jump on it.”
But what will it take for this project to “get real”? That’s the $100 million question here. It’s different for every film, but if the circumstances land, I’m sure everyone involved will be delighted to return for a sequel.
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