George Miller Has Begun Filming on Mad Max: Fury Road’s Follow Up
George Miller has begun filming Mad Max: Fury Road’s follow up. Filmmaker George Miller has made a number of notable movies in the past. But it is with his Mad Max franchise that Miller has found enduring cinematic acclaim. And well over two years after its original announcement, the follow-up to Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) has started filming. The new film is titled “Three Thousand Years Of Longing” and is an epic fantasy romance.
According to Deadline, filming has begun on Miller’s next project starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton in Australia. Miller is 20 days in film’s 62-days shoot schedule. The film was first announced in October 2018, and had been scheduled to begin filming in March before the pandemic shut down the project temporarily. Production is now underway with COVID safety protocols in place.
Plot details about “Three Thousand Years of Longing” are still under wraps, but a plot summary reads, “A lonely and bitter British woman discovers an ancient bottle while on a trip to Istanbul and unleashes a Djinn who offers her three wishes. Filled with apathy, she is unable to come up with one until his stories spark in her a desire to be loved.”
According to 2019 Interview with Indie Wire, Miller teased “Thousand Years of Longing” as a “Darwinian struggle of the fittest”. The filmmaker refused to divulge anymore details about the film at the time. But he did add that the project had long been at the top of his list of stories he wanted to tell on the big screen. Miller estimated he spent 10 years conceptualizing and developing the movie.
George Miller is also bringing many of his “Fury Road” crew members back on board for this project. Including Oscar-winning editor and longtime partner Margaret Sixel, Oscar-winning hair and makeup designer Lesley Vanderwalt, Oscar-winning set decorator Lisa Thompson, composer Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie XL, casting director Nikki Barrett, first AD P.J. Voeten, stunt co-ordinator Guy Norris, and prosthetics whizz Sheldon Wade.
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Joining Fury Road team on “Thousand Years of Longing” are semi-retired cinematographer John Seale, production designer Roger Ford, who worked with Miller on Babe: Pig in the City (1998), The Matrix (1999) costume designer Kym Barrett, and Captain Marvel (2019) VFX supervisor Paul Butterworth. Miller’s longtime producing partner Doug Mitchell told Deadline the sets for the movie are “some of the most spectacular I’ve ever seen,” while adding, “George thinks this is the best crew he has ever worked with.”
MGM will release “Three Thousand Years Of Longing” in the U.S., though no release date has currently been set. A Fury Road prequel centered around Charlize Theron’s Furiosa will be next on cards for George Miller. The Queen’s Gambit (2020) star Anya Taylor-Joy will play the role of young Furiosa.
Miller fans all around the world are happy with the news of one of his movies is going into production at all. The filmmaker spent more than 15 years trying to get “Mad Max: Fury Road” off the ground, directing no films between 1998’s Babe: Pig in the City and 2006’s Happy Feet. He also hasn’t made a movie since Fury Road’s release in 2015.