George Miller, creator, writer and director of all four films in the Mad Max franchise recently stated that he won’t be returning to direct a fifth instalment, despite the incredible critical reception and relative box office success of the most recent in the franchise, Fury Road. Even though he is by far our top pick, we’ve put together a list of directors we think would make decent replacements. No real rules for this one, but they should have a strong visual style, and be able to handle action.
Mad Max: Fury Road was praised for being one of the best action films of the last decade. What other film has also had that said about it? The Raid. Gareth Evans has a great eye for knowing how to present action, and not just hand to hand fighting, as The Raid 2 also has an incredible car chase sequence. This would be a bit different to the films we’ve seen from him so far, but I’m sure he could adapt.
Academy Award winner Kathryn Bigelow’s two most famous films of recent years have been action films set in the desert (The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty). That seems like a solid match already! She doesn’t have any upcoming projects as a director that I can find, and her great eye for making serious action realistic could gel well with the incredible design of the Mad Max world.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Directors don’t come with much more artistic flair than this. Even though The Revenant was a slight disappointment overall, it was undeniably beautiful to watch, and is comparable to Fury Road in terms of artistry. We also know he likes making violent films, and Mad Max would definitely allow him to do that. Plus, if Iñárittu is going to make the next big leap in his career, he’ll need to get involved in a franchise, even if he’s not too interested in it.
This one’s a bit of a strange choice, as Blomkamp has fallen out of favour with audiences recently, but I truly believe he has another great film in him somewhere. This would be a similar aesthetic to what he’s used to working with, but would be different enough to interest some people, and he’s used to making sci-fi action. Also, now Alien 5 isn’t happening, he’s got some free time on his hands…
It’s easy to say that this is a natural fit because of The Martian, but even before that Ridley Scott would have been a good suggestion. Some of his more recent films might not have been received so well, but he’s also responsible for some all time classic films. He’s definitely got a fantastic visual style, and can balance drama, comedy and action well.
If you liked this article, you might enjoy some of our other casting suggestions, such as this one where we try to cast The Inhumans, or this one where we discuss who we think Mads Mikkelsen will play in Doctor Strange.
Who would you like to see direct the next Mad Max? Do you like any of our suggestions? Share any thoughts in the comments.
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