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New Mad Max Movie Plan Continues A Weird Franchise Decision After Fury Road

Summary

  • Furiosa’s hype is building as its release nears, with early reviews suggesting it will be a worthy addition to the Mad Max franchise.
  • George Miller’s prequels raise anticipation for more Mad Max movies, hinting at a deeper exploration of the characters’ pasts.
  • Concerns arise over the focus on prequels rather than a Fury Road sequel, risking over-exposure of Max and Furiosa’s backstories.



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A new Mad Max movie plan is both exciting and concerning because it is strangely continuing a weird franchise decision. Despite initially receiving some criticism for its CGI usage, Furiosa is becoming more and more hype-worthy as its release date is nearing, and its early reviews are surfacing. While only time will tell whether Furiosa will match Mad Max: Fury Road‘s success, the film’s early reactions suggest it will be a worthy addition to the overarching franchise and pave the way for more follow-ups.


Speaking of follow-ups, most details surrounding what the future holds for the franchise are still shrouded in mystery. However, George Miller has made some intriguing revelations about how the Mad Max series may continue after Furiosa. While these updates effectively raise more anticipation surrounding Furiosa and how it could set the stage for more movies in its post-apocalyptic world, they are also mildly concerning for more reasons than one.

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George Miller’s New Mad Max Prequel Movie Keeps The Franchise From Continuing Fury Road’s Story

Furiosa Could Be Followed Up With Another Fury Road Prequel


After Mad Max: Fury Road‘s success, it was hard not to believe the franchise would move forward with more sequels featuring the same cast members. However, surprisingly, the film franchise is narratively stepping back by following Furiosa‘s origin story in a prequel film. While it is not unusual for movie franchises to introduce prequels and origin stories, it seems like Mad Max will continue focusing more on stories that unfolded before Mad Max: Fury Road‘s events instead of delving deeper into what the future holds for its main characters.


Director George Miller revealed (via EW) that in preparation for Mad Max: Fury Road, he and his team had already written what happened to Tom Hardy’s Max Rockatansky one year before the film’s events. These events would probably explain why Max keeps getting traumatic visions of his family and says, “I am the one that runs from both the living and the dead.” Since all the details of Max’s past have already been written, Geoge Miller hopes to explore it with another prequel movie, which could be next in line for the Mad Max franchise depending on how Furiosa performs at the box office.

“I am the one that runs from both the living and the dead. Hunted by scavengers, haunted by those I could not protect. So I exist in this wasteland, reduced to one instinct: survive.”

George Miller Had Plans For A Fury Road Sequel Before Making Mad Max Prequels

Mad Max: The Wasteland Has Not Moved Forward


George Miller’s plans to create a Mad Max: Fury Road sequel, titled Mad Max: The Wasteland, surfaced before the prequels came into the picture. However, strangely, no new revelations surrounding the movie sequel have been made yet, but more potential prequels keep piling up for the franchise. As reports suggest, several factors have held Miller back from committing to the Fury Road sequel. For starters, the director shifted his focus away from the Mad Max franchise after Fury Road and helmed Three Thousand Years of Longing.

Since George Miller had roughly drafted
Furiosa
and the Max Rockatansky prequel’s storylines while penning down
Fury Road
, it makes sense that he is approaching them before the sequel.

Apart from this, Miller also had a feud with Warner Bros. and filed a lawsuit against the studio for owing them “substantial earnings for diligent and painstaking work. (via The Sydney Morning Herald)” After being filed in 2017, the lawsuit was finally resolved in 2019, allowing Miller to move forward with Furiosa. Even when it comes to Mad Max: The Wasteland‘s story, the director reported in 2022 (via Variety) that “it’s still not fully evolved.” Since George Miller had roughly drafted Furiosa and the Max Rockatansky prequel’s storylines while penning down Fury Road, it makes sense that he is approaching them before the sequel.


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Mad Max Needs A Fury Road Sequel, Not More Prequels

Too Many Prequels May Diminish The Mystique Around Max & Furiosa

Mad Max: Fury Road may not have delved into the depths of Max and Furiosa’s backstories, but it dropped enough clues about their pasts to let viewers speculate what shaped and scarred them. Owing to this, audiences who have watched Mad Mad: Fury Road are already familiar with some aspects of the two characters’ past. This limits the prequel movies’ ability to bring more novelty to the overarching narrative, confining the character stories and fates to a predetermined timeline.

While prequels, too, have their place, following up one prequel after another might risk over-exposing Max and Furiosa’s backstories and diluting the air of mystery and intrigue introduced in
Mad Max: Fury Road
.


A Mad Max: Fury Road sequel, on the other hand, could bring more novelty and excitement to the franchise by moving the plot forward in thrilling, unforeseeable directions. While prequels, too, have their place, following up one prequel after another might risk over-exposing Max and Furiosa’s backstories and diluting the air of mystery and intrigue introduced in Mad Max: Fury Road. Hopefully, the Mad Max franchise will also move forward instead of solely focusing on what happened before Fury Road.

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