George Miller gives an update on the production of his Mad Max: Fury Road prequel, Furiosa. Originally appearing in 2015’s Fury Road, the character of Imperator Furiosa made an instant splash as a strong, level-headed action hero who took no prisoners. Played by Charlize Theron, Furiosa resonated with audiences and critics alike and became a franchise favorite character alongside Tom Hardy’s Max Rockatansky.
During Mad Max: Fury Road, Miller’s writing process was extremely in-depth, and the filmmaker created full backstories for all of the characters. According to Miller, this then gave him enough material to write a prequel to Fury Road. In 2020,the Furiosa project was confirmed, and Anya-Taylor Joy was announced to be starring in the lead role as a younger version of Theron’s iteration. Alongside Joy, Furiosa is set to star Chris Hemsworth and Tom Burke, while Nathan Jones will reprise the memorable character of Rictus Erectus.
Now, in an interview with Deadline, George Miller has given an exciting, if brief, update on the film’s progress. After being asked how the process is developing, Miller say the film has had a “lovely start” and describes it as “uniquely familiar,” as it takes place in a similar world to Fury Road. For Miller, the biggest difference is the timespan, and he describes Furiosa as a “saga” due to the fact that it takes place over a longer period than the previous Mad Max film. Read the full quote below:
“I’ll tell you how it’s going when it’s finished, but it has got off to a lovely start. All I can say about my excitement about doing it is that it’s definitely exciting, because even though it’s certainly of that world of Fury Road, it’s also got a lot of the differences we’ve been talking about. Again, it’s uniquely familiar. And probably the biggest difference is the timespan. Fury Road happened over three days and two nights and this one happens over 15 years. So, it’s a saga.”
Miller’s comments are certainly encouraging, particularly as the future of the franchise once seemed in doubt due to a lawsuit between Miller’s production company and Warner Bros. It is therefore comforting to hear that Miller is enjoying the Furiosa process and excited about returning to his iconic Mad Max franchise. What’s more, the director’s statement also teases somewhat of a focus on “that world of Fury Road,” which will delight fans of the original films, while also promising that audiences are in for a new and enthralling adventure with the prequel story.
Overall, Miller’s candid nature about progress on Furiosais a good sign, and the franchise seems to be in very safe hands with its original mastermind at the helm. What remains to be seen is where the film’s plot heads, which is largely still a mystery. However, whatever direction Miller takes will surely be an interesting one, particularly if Furiosa explores the origins of the ‘Green Place’ that was so desolate by Fury Road. That, and perhaps the events that caused the Imperator to lose her arm.