George Miller Clarifies Mad Max Sequel Plans; Tom Hardy To Return

george-millerExplaining that “the more I speculate about what’s happening, the more I try to avoid spoilers this far out, and also I find myself talking around in circles,” Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller offered Deadline a clarification to the potential for sequels to last summer’s Mad Max installment.

“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,” he said. “Probably won’t be called Wasteland. I can say that. It was just the working title we gave it.” The Wasteland title first appeared in script developed concurrently with Fury Road. Previous reports indicated the sequel would be based on that other effort.

Miller was clear on the return of Tom Hardy as road warrior Max Rockatansky. “We’ll definitely see more of Tom,” he said.

He also definitively stated that Mel Gibson would not return. “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,” he said. To Miller, the audience’s memory of Gibson as Max is a powerful thing and Gibson at his current age would break the illusion of the film reality.