Future Mad Max Sequels Blocked by Lawsuit


If you’ve been wondering what’s happening with the proposed Mad Max sequels that George Miller has been teasing ever since Fury Road was released, well unfortunately the answer is… not much. We are hearing this week that the projects are being held up by an ongoing lawsuit between George Miller’s production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell and Warner Brothers. The main point of contention seems to be a debate over whether Mad Max: Fury Road came in under budget, which would entitle the production company to a $7 million bonus. Miller claims that the budget came in at $154.6 million, just under the agreed upon $157 million, while the studio says it was closer to $185 million. Other claims filed against the studio include the following:

  • Warner Bros insisted certain scenes in the script not be shot – including those around Immortan Joe’s Citadel – with new scenes instead and a new ending.
  • When Miller had a so-called “rough cut” of the movie, the studio made a series of decisions that caused “substantial changes and delays” to the production, including that the previously cut scenes and new ones be shot.
  • The studio directed there be at least 10 screenings of Fury Road and, after each one, requested further changes.
  • Warner Bros later approved a plan to shoot additional scenes costing $US31 million in late 2013, which required shipping vehicles back to Australia, reassembling the main cast and crew, re-creating an African set and extra post-production. And that these costs were to be excluded from the net cost of the movie.
  • The studio arranged for Ratpac-Dune Entertainment to co-finance the movie despite being contractually required to offer Kennedy Miller Mitchell the first opportunity if it was required.

Meanwhile the studio’s cross-claim alleges that most of the delays and budgetary problems were caused by the production company themselves. They also seem to take issue with the fact that the final product was rated R, although they had agreed upon a PG-13 film. Miller has stated that the trust between the studio and himself has been destroyed and that they can no longer work together. It is unclear if any sort of settlement will repair that trust, but I guess we’ll have to wait until it is sorted out in the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Do you think we will see any more Mad Max sequels?

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  • Felix

    Miller says the budget came in at $154 million. Studio says $185 million. Reshoot in 2013 cost $31 million. Looks like Warner Bros doesn’t stick to the deal of excluding the reshoots from the net cost of the movie.

  • FilMyWatchlist

    Such a shame, I know there’s a lot of money involved but studio’s should trust their directors more. Surely they would conceed that the film as a critical and commercial success didn’t need the reshoots? Then again I guess they think that a PG 13 film would have made more money..

  • Jake

    Too bad, but if this was the last Mad Max film at least they went out on top. It sucks that there is this financial squabble and Miller no longer trusts the studio but I’m glad he stuck to his guns and made the movie he wanted to.

  • Lori Cerny

    But the film wasn’t exactly a commercial success as it barely broke even in the US and only placed 21st on the list of 2015 grosses. Crap like Hotel Transylvania 2 and a Spongebob sequel made more dollars !!

    Lots of reviewers and film critics were begging the public to go see this movie. It SHOULD have made a billion dollars easily, but didn’t.

    Bottom line: We just can’t have nice things.

  • Dirk Gently

    More proof that the average movie viewer wouldn’t know a good film if it kicked them in the unmentionables. I would have loved a couple more of these from Miller, but we’re left with one beautiful, perfect and unique vision that they can never take away from us. I’ll take it.

    Also, pay the man what he’s owed dammit! Fucking Studios won’t be happy until they’ve utterly destroyed everything we enjoy.

  • RockJoker

    This is too bad. Bastards with money are at it again.