Mad Max: The Wasteland: Everything We Know So Far

"Mad Max: Fury Road" lit the film industry on fire and rode its flaming husk across the desert when it came out in 2015. But it's been more than six years since The Doof Warrior shredded his way into our hearts, which feels like an eternity in an era that's dominated by franchise films that are churned out once every couple of years. But director George Miller has talked about wanting to make a sequel titled "Mad Max: The Wasteland," so grab some guzzoline, take a seat in the ol' war rig, and ride into Valhalla with us as we run down everything we know about that project so far.

When and Where to Watch Mad Max: The Wasteland

Since the movie has not started casting yet, let alone started production, it'll likely be many more years until Mad Max rides again in "The Wasteland." But fans of the franchise should take solace in the fact that a prequel film entitled "Mad Max: Furiosa," which features "The Queen's Gambit" actress Anya Taylor-Joy taking over the title role from Charlize Theron, has a release date: that movie will skid into theaters on May 24, 2024. In fact, "The Wasteland" is so far away that it's too early to even speculate about how you'll be able to watch the movie. Will it be released exclusively in theaters? Could day and date be the new normal in Hollywood by then? Will the only way to see it be projected on the side of a cliff underneath a waterfall that releases water once per day because we'll all be living in an actual wasteland by the time the film comes out? Who knows!

What We Think Mad Max: The Wasteland is About

In an old interview with FHM, Miller explained that he had two more "Mad Max" projects kicking around in his head at the time: "Furiosa" and "The Wasteland." When asked if they would follow on from each other, he responded:

"They'll be tangentially linked. They're all in the same world, but they won't be direct sequels. During the huge delays on 'Fury Road,' we developed deep backstories from everything from weapons to vehicles to the Doof Warrior who plays the guitar. The film is very helter-skelter, so you have to help the audience pick up as much as possible on the way."

But in all likelihood, "The Wasteland" will probably end up chronicling the continuing adventures of Mad Max, A.K.A. Max Rockatansky, a former cop whose family was murdered by a gang and who sought revenge against those who committed that terrible crime. Since then, he's become something of an archetypical Western hero, riding into small towns and situations, engaging in action and brutality, and then riding off into the sunset after the conflict is resolved.

What We Know About the Max Mad: The Wasteland Cast and Crew

As of 2015, Tom Hardy was contracted to star in three more "Mad Max" movies. It's unclear when that contract elapses, but Hardy had a famously tough time on the set of "Fury Road," so it feels like a toss-up whether or not he'd return to reprise the role. It certainly wouldn't be the end of the world if he didn't come back – after all, the role has already been recast once. But don't expect to see Charlize Theron return as Furiosa: Miller said her character is "not in the 'Mad Max' [sequel] story".

We're guessing George Miller would return to co-write the script alongside Nick Lathouris and to direct the movie, since he's directed every "Mad Max" film so far. But he's also mentioned that he would be interested in seeing other directors, including Guillermo del Toro, step into his sandbox and direct a "Mad Max" movie, so something like that is also a possibility given how far off this project currently is.