'Mad Max' sequel: Tom Hardy 'teases' next installment of iconic post-apocalyptic franchise
"It was always the plan to do three of them," Hardy revealed about 'Mad Max' at the SDCC this year, where he was promoting his latest movie, Venom.
For all those 'Mad Max' fans out there we get it. It's been three tough years since the reboot to the original movie dropped and despite ardent critics trying to trash 'Mad Max: Fury Road' in comparison to the original, the film won the hearts of many. But for everyone feeling all that madness withdrawals, actor Tom Hardy who was a stellar part of Fury Road is here to confirm that there is definitely more to the franchise to watch out for.
Speaking at the SDCC this year, which happened not so long ago, Hardy — while promoting his upcoming film, 'Venom' — shared with Variety that he himself has been pretty much waiting for the green signal to a 'Mad Max' sequel.
He said,"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. But when I engaged on that there was a plethora of material on it. Obviously, it belongs to Warner Brothers so it would be them who green-lit it. 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."
While it doesn't really come off as a shocking news to fans and followers of the franchise, considering Hardy already having said previously that the question with the sequel was never an 'if,' but more of a 'when,' he also explained alongside why a prospective sequel has such massive potential.
Speaking to the audience at a Television Critics Association panel last year, he said, "There's mythology to do with Mad Max that spans copious amounts of tales. What's wonderful about George [Miller, series, writer/director] is that he's created sagas for Max and sagas for Furiosa [played by Charlize Theron], so it's what he chooses to focus in on."
He also added, "I'm really just waiting for the call like, 'All right, let's get the leathers on and get back out there and do some more. It's there. I'm just waiting for it and looking forward to it. It's a question of when. I'm not sure it's called The Wasteland or not 'cause you never know. These titles change all the time. But, there's definitely another Mad Max project pending."
And while we cling on to our seats and wait for the much craved for 'Mad Max' sequel, Hardy shared some pretty interesting insights at SDCC this year, about why he decided to be a part of 'Venom'. "There's my son, and he's a massive Venom fan. He was a very strong influence on me as to why I ought to play Venom specifically."
He continued, "So I wanted to do something that my son could watch. A lot of the films I've done are normally pretty aggressive or violent, or I swear a lot, so I did something where I bite people's heads off, so my son still can't see it."