It’s been a while since we rode on the Fury Road, however, it might not be long before George Miller’s apocalypse vision returns to cinemas, as he set wheels spinning with the confirmation of a Mad Max: Fury Road prequel focusing on the past of Imperator Furiosa.
While discussing the production of 2015’s Fury Road for a new oral history with the New York Times, Miller put fans engines into the red with a confirmation that the rumours are true and a Furiosa film will be accelerating into production soon. Although no dates have been confirmed, the prequel will be without Charlize Theron, whose performance cemented the character as a strong female heroine in a male-driven wasteland. Miller has gone on to confirm they are on the lookout for an actor in their twenties to take up the mantle of the young wasteland wonder woman, in this new chapter of Miller’s dystopian future.
Charlize will not be idle, as the announcement of her assignment to Netflix’s action flick The Old Guard, launches into production with Theron on point as the movie’s lead as the movie is set to breach onto Netflix on July 10.
Miller has the film in his sights after he finishes directing on his current project, Three Thousand Years of Longing, starring Tilda Swinton and Idris Elba. As with everything this is on hold until the world comes out of the current pandemic.
Hopefully, we will not need to wait the fifteen years we waited for Mad Max: Fury Road. As during production on Fury Road Miller and writer Nick Lathouris created rich backstories for characters, excerpts of which made it into the DC comics of the same title. Even the crazed musician the Doof Warrior got a full origin treatment to give this movie an unseen and sometimes underappreciated depth.
Will Miller’s vision give us a better understanding of Furiosa’s youth, the history of “the green place”, how she was plucked from her tribe and ended up in the service of the tyrannical immortan Joe? The screenplay exists and has even been read to cast on set and during casting of Mad Max: Fury Road.
Fury Road is a firm favourite in Reelgood HQ and we cannot wait for more exhaust fume filled stories from George Miller.