Actor Tom Hardy has reaffirmed there are more Mad Max movies on the way following the success of 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road.
Hardy took over from Mel Gibson as the title character in George Miller's reboot of the post-apocalyptic action franchise. Rumors of the actor getting back behind the wheel for more Mad Max have circled since, but now Hardy reveals he is definitely on board for a sequel.
"It was always the plan to do three of them, so I think we're still waiting on being given the opportunity and the green light to go ahead on the next one," he told Variety at Comic-Con International in San Diego. "But when I engaged on that there was a plethora of material on it."
Hardy said it's up to the studio to decide when Mad Max moves forward. "Obviously, it belongs to Warner Bros. so it would be them who green-lit it," he said. "But a lot of projects are in radial, you know you wait for something to land when it's real, and as soon as it's real we'll jump on it."
As Hardy confirmed, there has been talk of at least two more Mad Max movies, but he is waiting on the call. Considering Miller launched a lawsuit against Warner Bros. over Mad Max: Fury Road, no one knows if either side is willing to cooperate on a sequel right now. That said, at least Hardy sounds hopeful there is more of Max Rockatansky's story to tell.
Miller returned to the franchise some 30 years after Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome rounded off the Gibson trilogy. Earning 10 Academy Award nominations and winning six, Fury Road was praised as being a fresh reinvention of the series. That led to confusion as to why a sequel has failed to make it onto Warner Bros.' slate.
The star didn't go into any detail on what a Fury Road continuation would involve, but remember that there were once rumors of a Charlize Theron-led Furiosa spinoff. In 2015, Hardy confirmed the working title of the next movie would be Mad Max: The Wasteland.
Considering Mad Mad: Fury Road was only just named Australia's best movie of the 21st century, there is a large fan base out there already revving its engine to see more from Miller's road-racing world.