We did rather suspect that the writer, director and all-round genius had been misquoted about making more Mad Max movies, since he had previously gone on record to talk up plans for sequels that explore more of the world he has been creating for all these years. "That was a completely garbled interview; I was in New York and it was so noisy and the journalist was asking me questions on a red carpet at the National Board of Review," he tells The Wrap of the Page Six interview that made our collective hearts sink. "She completely got the wrong fragments of information that were just not true. I said no, another Mad Max movie will not be next, and she took that to mean I never wanted to make another Mad Max. It won't necessarily be next, but I have two more stories."
Given the hefty workload and seemingly endless schedule changes for Mad Max: Fury Road, it certainly makes sense that he would want to focus on something else before diving back into the post-apocalyptic universe that most recently gave us Charlize Theron's Furiosa. Plus, there remains every chance that even if he does make more Mad Max films, he could still hand over at least one to someone else, preferring to stay involved as a producer.
Still with an Academy Award® nomination in hand and a chance to shoot something a little less challenging, our main hope is that he returns to the world of Max refreshed, re-invigorated and ready to get back behind the wheel.