We know that Miller has ideas about two Mad Max: Fury Road follow-ups: one, a prequel, the other a sequel.
It looks as though the reason for that is that creator George Miller is now suing Warner Bros. over unpaid earnings related to the original "Mad Max: Fury Road"... and it could put any upcoming sequel in jeopardy. On November 9, the Supreme Court of New South Wales rejected Warner Bros.' application to refer the matter to arbitration in California.
Justice David Hammerschlag explained to The Harold that the agreement between Miller and Warner Bros. included a condition that Kennedy Miller Mitchell would receive $7 million if "the final net cost" of the movie did not exceed $157 million, excluding promotional costs. What would be incredible is if Kennedy Miller Mitchell not only won this lawsuit but also took the opportunity to continue on the feminist trajectory of Fury Road free of Ratner financing.
Miller's company is arguing that decisions made by Warner Bros. Miller rejects this proposition, blaming a series of decisions which he alleges caused substantial changes and delays to the film. The film did indeed go over budget.
Miller argued his contract was with the Australian corporation, Warner Bros.
On top of that, Miller's company alleges that there was a clause in their contract that should have given them first dibs to match any co-financing agreement Warner made with another production company, like the one they just made with RatPac Entertainment, the company that was headed (at the time) by Brett Ratner and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, of all people.
A statement from Miller and Mitchell read that "we would much prefer to be making movies with Warner Bros than litigating with them but, after trying for over a year, we were unable to reach a satisfactory resolution and have now had to resort to a law suit to sort things out".
"That hard work resulted in a picture which found wide acclaim globally..." There, they said that Warner Bros.
We're not going to be getting any Mad Max films for the foreseeable future.
While the film was a worldwide success both financially and critically, raking in almost $400 million worldwide and garnering six Oscar awards, it ended up going over budget, and that caused Miller to lose out on a bonus.
Will we eventually see a "Mad Max: Fury Road" sequel?
In response to the lawsuit, which was quietly filed in September, Warner Bros. stepped on the gas and attempted to drive the dispute out of Australia.