During the tumultuous production of Mad Max: Fury Road, there were plenty of rumors about how the film was a disaster, how it was turning out to be a total mess, and how the lead actors were butting heads. But here we are, a little over a month before release, and Fury Road looks incredible. It also happens to be one of the most anticipated films of the year. Interest is so high that Warner Bros. is putting the very first Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer in front of the movie.
And if Fury Road does well, it appears that we could see star Tom Hardy take over the franchise for a good while longer. In a new, lengthy profile at Esquire (via The Playlist), the actor reveals that he’s contracted for three more Mad Max movies in addition to Fury Road, though he cautions that “everything’s based on figures and how things are perceived.” So, in other words, he’ll be starring in more Mad Max sequels if this first movie takes off at the box office.
This actually isn’t a huge shocker, because director George Miller previously revealed that he’s written an entire new Mad Max trilogy. In fact, his initial plan was to shoot two movies back-to-back: Mad Max: Fury Road and Mad Max: Furiosa. So if Fury Road is indeed a success, there won’t be some lengthy development period for the follow-up—it’s already ready to go.
As for Fury Road itself, Hardy says the movie is “fucking unbelievable” and spoke a bit about the chaotic filming experience:
“We were in the middle of nowhere,” says Hardy, “so far away from the studio system that [Warner Bros] can’t really see what’s going on, and just getting things to and from the set was a nightmare. We’d lose half a vehicle in sand and have to dig it out. It was just this unit in the middle of x-million square-kilometres of desert, and then this group of lunatics in leathers, like a really weird S&M party, or a Hell’s Angels convention. It was like Cirque du Soleil meets fucking Slipknot.”
Yep, sounds about right. Mad Max: Fury Road opens in theaters on May 15th.