‘Mad Max: The Wasteland’: Tom Hardy Doesn’t Think George Miller’s Sequel Will Happen

The box office has started to rebound thanks to Bad Boys: Ride or Die and Inside Out 2, but there are loads of other great films that bombed. One of those is, sadly, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. George Miller’s Fury Road prequel has only earned around $160M worldwide despite high positives from critics and audiences. And as expected, that has thrown into doubt whether Miller would get to do the sequel, Mad Max: The Wasteland.

Tom Hardy, who would’ve returned to play Mad Max in The Wasteland, doesn’t think Miller will make the movie. Speaking with Forbes about his new film The Bikeriders, Hardy just flat out says it: “I don’t think that’s happening.”

And you can’t really blame Warner Bros. The Mad Max films are expensive and tough to make, requiring long production times. We might not get another look at this post-apocalyptic universe again while Miller is around, and that’s extremely sad. But Fury Road wasn’t exactly a massive hit, either, ending its run with $380M. It’s tough to warrant investing more into it.

As for Hardy, he did tease a secret new project that he didn’t want to say much about…

“I have a secret thing that I’m building up. I’ve been working on that for a while now. There’s a lot of different things that make me get excited, you know? Being able to do things like ‘Venom’ has allowed my shoulders to grow and understand that there are lots of different faculties and ways to pour creativity into output and art, and have creative colors in lots of different sectors,” he explained. “So, I’ll be going back to theatre— there’s independent film, there’s big movies, there’s other stuff. All of these things are constantly on my mind. We have several things on the slate in development.”

Following The Bikeriders, Hardy will be seen next in Venom: The Last Dance this October.

Travis Hopson
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