Can you believe it has almost been five years since we saw Mad Max: Fury Road in theaters? But it looks like world of Mad Max isn’t quite finished yet, because George Miller has confirmed while being interviewed with The New York Times that he’s working on a spin-off of Max Mad Max Fury Road with Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa, it appears he’s finally actively developing the spin-off as a prequel.
Miller opened up about his plans for the future of the post-apocalyptic franchise that began in 1979, including revealing he is now working on the long-discussed movie focused on Furiosa. Development on the project has been in the works since 2015, with word recently coming in March that Miller was meeting with younger actresses to take on the role for a prequel setting, namely Anya Taylor-Joy (The New Mutants).
He’s confirmed now that Theron will in fact not reprise her role for the spin-off, but notes he did consider bringing her back and using the digital de-aging technology that has become a staple in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain Marvel and Ant-Man and the Wasp before ultimately choosing to re-cast the role.
The 75-year-old writer/director is currently waiting to return to wrap filming on his next project Three Thousand Years of Longing starring Tilda Swinton (The French Dispatch) and Idris Elba (Hobbs & Shaw), which just had its domestic distribution rights acquired by MGM, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Once Miller is able to return and finish shooting that project, which was shut down due to the global health pandemic, he is looking to make the Furiosa movie next.