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Nobody knew quite what to expect when George Miller brought the Mad Max franchise back in 2014, however, the film was a massive hit with audiences and critics alike. Rumors have swirled that sequels could be on the way, but very little definitive has been said. Now, lead actor Tom Hardy has gone on record to say that he believes that sequels are coming and he'll make them as soon as somebody asks.
Yeah I believe so! I don't know when that starts, but I believe that's in the books. There's a couple of those floating around. I'm waiting for the call to come. It was so good, man.
So if you're waiting for them to hurry up and get going on a Mad Max sequel, apparently you're not the only one. Tom Hardy is ready to get started too. It's not exactly clear what "on the books" means in this case. Is there an actual plan to start filming a new Mad Max movie, even if it doesn't start for a while, or are we just talking about a general plan to make a movie at some point down the road? Hardy's comments to The Wrap about a couple of potential films "floating around" would seem to indicate that nothing specific is being done at this point. Still, if everybody wants there to make a movie, it will likely happen eventually.
Tom Hardy's comments match up with what George Miller has said regarding the franchise in the past. Miller has stated that he has two potential ideas that could become Mad Max movies, so we assume that's what is "floating around" from Tom Hardy's perspective. Miller has expressed a desire to make more Mad Max movies, but he's also implied they won't necessarily be the next thing he works on, and there's been no indication how close the next idea, which has been referred to by the subtitle Wasteland, actually is to being ready to go.
It's an important question because Mad Max: Fury Road took so long to make that Mel Gibson was still expected to reprise his role in the lead at the beginning of the process. He was only replaced because eventually so much time passed that he was just too old to play the part. Tom Hardy has been given a fan seal of approval to take over the role, but if things take as long next time they could need to cast somebody new again.
We're hopeful that we'll see a new Mad Max movie sooner rather than later. If we're lucky, somebody is working on that script right now and "the call" will come to Tom Hardy soon.