“They won’t be direct sequels”: Another Mad Max Movie from George Miller May be Happening – Will Tom Hardy Return?

Tom Hardy's contract says he agreed to three more Mad Max films.

Another Mad Max Movie from George Miller May be Happening – Will Tom Hardy Return?


  • George Miller said The Wasteland is linked to other Mad Max films but not a direct sequel.
  • Tom Hardy is committed to three more films, but his return remains uncertain.
  • The director reveals the upcoming sequel's script is not yet polished.
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The massive success of 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road left fans clamoring for a follow-up, and it seems like director George Miller has two films on deck. In fact, he has previously announced that he wants to make a sequel called Mad Max: The Wasteland.

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

The spin-off prequel, Furiosa, starring Anya Taylor-Joy is already slated for a 2024 release, though the other project is still in its early stage, and details about it are very scarce at the moment.

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Mad Max Director George Miller Gives An Update About Possible Sequel

In an interview with FHM, George Miller revealed he has two more planned projects for the Mad Max franchise. When asked if they are somehow connected, he responded:

They’ll be tangentially linked. They’re all in the same world, but they won’t be direct sequels. During the huge delays on ‘Fury Road,’ we developed deep backstories from everything from weapons to vehicles to the Doof Warrior who plays the guitar. The film is very helter-skelter, so you have to help the audience pick up as much as possible on the way.”

Fans would remember the controversy that happened between Miller and Warner Brothers in 2017. The director’s company filed a lawsuit against its distributor regarding an unpaid $7 million bonus. This is the reason why the sequel has been delayed for years.

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Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron
Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron

Furiosa will focus on the younger version of Charlize Theron’s character in the film, which Emma star Anya Taylor-Joy will portray. As for The Wasteland, there is no concrete plot to it yet as revealed by Miller in an interview with Variety:

We do have another story, but it’s still not fully evolved. We’ll see further down the chain.”

It is also unknown if Tom Hardy will reprise his role as Max Rockatansky in the sequel. His contract says he is still committed to three more Mad Max films, but due to his difficult time on the set and the infamous feud with Theron, it seems like the chances are slim.

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Mad Max: The Wasteland May Take A While To Happen

Mad Max: The Wasteland
Mad Max: The Wasteland

George Miller’s conversation with Digital Spy confirmed that Mad Max: The Wasteland may not be the final title. While the Australian director is still far from devoting all his attention to the sequel’s script, he revealed he had some backstories already at hand. Miller said:

That name came out, that was just a working title. Nico Lathouris and I wrote deep backstories on all the characters, and they eventually became screenplays – so we have two [more movies]. I’m happy to say that there’s discussions about them right now, but I hope the next film I make is a very small without any special effects and not many stunts.”

Miller seems to want to get Furiosa out in the world first before dealing with The Wasteland, so fans might have to wait a little longer for the time being.

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Written by Ariane Cruz

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