Winning wide acclaim for not only rebooting a beloved franchise but taking the action genre to new heights, Mad Max: Fury Road is responsible for many questions posed to Tom Hardy at press events. Rather than shy away from them as he debuts his BBC series Taboo, the Englishman gave an update to the fans of the George Miller picture to say that a new installment is in the works.
Sitting down at the Television Critics Association’s panel on Taboo, Hardy offered a glowing appraisal of Miller's narrative to argue that it goes beyond his own character of Max. Taking $378.9m at the box office from a $150m budget, the 2015 production that was years in the making was well worth the wait. And the 39-year old said he was "just waiting for the call," to come aboard again.
Not All About Max: Hardy
Hardy is well accustomed to being the buff action star, from The Dark Knight Rises to Warrior and The Revenant, his credentials are never up to question. Yet it was the performance of Charlize Theron as Furiosa that had everyone talking and judging from Hardy's comments, future flicks will have her front and center as much as Max.
“There’s mythology to do with Mad Max that spans copious amounts of tales,” began Hardy. “What’s wonderful about George is that he’s created sagas for Max and sagas for Furiosa (Theron), so it’s what he chooses to focus in on. 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.’"
Some reports suggest that Hardy is contracted for two more in the franchise. All while a title of Mad Max: The Wasteland was mooted. This very question was posed to the actor on the panel.
“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.”
Hardy Speculates On Potential James Bond Director
Sounding a little superstitious in the process, Hardy was questioned about his potential involvement in James Bond and after giving a blank response, he did speculate on his preferred director.
"You know, there's a saying amongst us in the fraternity of acting, and in the fellowship of my peer group, that if you talk about it you're automatically out of the race," said Hardy. "So I can't possibly comment on that one! If I mention it, it's gone. But Chris Nolan, what a fantastic director for a Bond movie. Because Daniel (Craig) is so good, and what (Sam) Mendes and Barbara (Broccoli) have done has been so impressive, that it would be a very hard reimagination to follow after. I wonder what the next instalment of that franchise would become, and I think when you mention someone like Christopher Nolan, that's a very powerful figure to bring into that world who could bring something new and create something profound---again."