George Miller's unrealized projects

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Miller in July 2017

The following is a list of unproduced George Miller projects in roughly chronological order. During a career that has spanned over 40 years, George Miller has worked on projects which never progressed beyond the pre-production stage under his direction. A few of the projects were made after he left production.

1990s[edit]

Contact[edit]

In 1993, Miller was hired to direct Contact based on the story by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan.[1] Contact commenced pre-production. Miller cast Jodie Foster in the lead role, approached Ralph Fiennes to play Palmer Joss and also considered casting Linda Hunt as the President of the United States. In addition to having aliens put on a laser lighting display around Earth, another version of the Goldenberg scripts had an alien wormhole swallow up the planet, transporting Earth to the center of the galaxy. Miller also asked Goldenberg to rewrite Contact in an attempt to portray the Pope as a key supporting character. Warner Bros. was hoping to have the film ready for release by Christmas 1996, but under Miller's direction pre-production lasted longer than expected.[2] The studio fired the director, blaming pushed-back start dates, budget concerns, and Miller's insistence that the script needed five more weeks of rewriting after working on the film for over a year. Robert Zemeckis was eventually brought on to direct.[3]

2000s[edit]

Justice League: Mortal[edit]

In 2007, Miller signed on to direct a Justice League film titled Justice League: Mortal.[4] The following month roughly 40 actors and actresses were auditioning for the ensemble superhero roles, among them were Joseph Cross, Michael Angarano, Max Thieriot, Minka Kelly, Adrianne Palicki and Scott Porter. Miller intended to cast younger actors as he wanted them to "grow" into their roles over the course of several films.[5] D. J. Cotrona was cast as Superman,[6] along with Armie Hammer as Batman.[7] Jessica Biel reportedly declined the Wonder Woman role after being in negotiations.[8] The character was also linked to actresses Teresa Palmer and Shannyn Sossamon, along with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who confirmed that she had auditioned.[9] Ultimately Megan Gale was cast as Wonder Woman,[10] while Palmer was cast as Talia al Ghul, whom Miller had in mind to act with a Russian accent.[11] The script for Justice League: Mortal would have featured the John Stewart character as the Green Lantern, a role originally offered to Columbus Short.[12] Hip hop recording artist and rapper Common was cast,[13] with Adam Brody as The Flash / Barry Allen,[14] and Jay Baruchel as the lead villain, Maxwell Lord.[15] Longtime Miller collaborator Hugh Keays-Byrne had been cast in an unnamed role, rumored to be Martian Manhunter. Aquaman had yet to be cast. Marit Allen was hired as the original costume designer before her untimely death in November 2007,[16] and the responsibilities were assumed by Weta Workshop.[17] While production was initially held up due to the 2007–08 Writers Guild of America strike,[18] further production delays and the success of The Dark Knight led to Warner Bros. deciding to put the film on hold and pursue different options.[19]

The Odyssey film[edit]

On October 17, 2008, Miller was planning on directing an adaptation of the Odyssey, set in space with Brad Pitt producing the movie for Warner Bros.[20] On January 14, 2013, Warner Bros. revived the project, with a new script by James DiLapo, without Miller and Pitt’s involvements.[21] Since then, there have been no further announcements.

2010s[edit]

Fur Brigade[edit]

On November 29, 2011, Doug Mitchell revealed that Miller was attatched to Fur Brigade, an animated bear movie. Since then, there have been no further announcements.[22][23]

Happy Feet 3[edit]

In a November 2011 interview, Miller was asked if he had any plans for Happy Feet Three.[24] He replied by saying: "if you put a gun to my head and said, 'You have to come up with a story for Happy Feet 3,' I’d say shoot me. I would have no idea. I really would have no idea. The stories creep up on you. You just have to allow the stories to come, and then they get in like little ear worms in your head and they won’t go away. If that happens and we’ve got the energy, we’ll do a third one. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. That’s the only way you can do it. It has to be authentic. I really wanted to make this film better than the first one. Otherwise, at my age, what’s the point? You really want to make it better. If something comes up that’s really exciting and I can convey that enthusiasm to other people, then there would be a third one."

Mad Max: Fury Road (sequels and spinoffs)[edit]

In 2011, Miller and McCarthy found during the writing process for Mad Max: Fury Road that they had enough story material for two additional scripts. One of these, entitled Mad Max: Furiosa, had already been completed, and Miller hoped to film it after the release of Fury Road.[25] In March 2015, during an interview with Esquire, Hardy revealed that he was attached to star in three more Mad Max films following Fury Road.[26] In May 2015, Miller told Wired: "Should Fury Road be successful, I've got two other stories to tell."[27] Later in May, Miller revealed that plans for the sequel had changed and the fifth film in the franchise will instead be titled Mad Max: The Wasteland.[28][29] In October 2015, Miller's team had two scripts for sequels which they ended up with during the writing process.[30] Later that month, he clarified that Mad Max: The Wasteland was a working title for the sequel.[31][32] Miller reaffirmed his intent to continue the franchise after reports to the contrary surfaced following an interview in January 2016.[33] Miller also wants a Furiosa spin-off starring Charlize Theron as the one-armed female warrior.[34] In November 2017, it was reported that a lawsuit filed by Miller's production company against Warner Bros. over a disputed $7 million bonus was likely to delay the production of any sequels.[35][36] In July 2019, Miller told IndieWire: "There are two stories, both involving Mad Max, and also a Furiosa story. We're still solving, we've got to play out the Warners thing, it seems to be pretty clear that it's going to happen."[37] Production of the sequels and spinoffs have been delayed indefinitely until after the lawsuit is settled.

Akira remake[edit]

In 2015, Miller was planning on directing Akira, the live-action remake of the film of the same name, but he left due to scheduling conflicts with Mad Max: Fury Road.[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Head, Tom (January 5, 2006). Conversations with Carl Sagan. Jackson, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi. p. 89. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  2. ^ Svetkey, Benjamin (July 18, 1997). "Making Contact". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
  3. ^ Chitwood, Adam (May 8, 2015). "George Miller Talks His Version of CONTACT; Likens It to INTERSTELLAR". Collider. Complex. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  4. ^ Garrett, Diane (September 20, 2007). "George Miller to lead 'Justice League'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  5. ^ Kit, Borys (October 15, 2007). "The Vine: Young actors seek Justice". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 16, 2008.
  6. ^ Cieply, Michael (March 1, 2008). "A Film's Superheroes Face Threat of Strike". The New York Times. Retrieved March 15, 2008.
  7. ^ Malkin, Marc (September 25, 2008). "Holy Double Take, Batman! Here Comes a New Caped Crusader". E! Online. Retrieved November 1, 2008.
  8. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (September 24, 2007). "Jessica Biel in talks for Justice". Variety. Retrieved March 15, 2008.
  9. ^ Adler, Shawn (October 26, 2007). "Mary Elizabeth Winstead Envisions Bulking Up For Wonder Woman". MTV Movies Blog. Retrieved March 15, 2008.
  10. ^ Diane Garrett; Michael Fleming (January 16, 2008). "Warner pulls plug on Justice League". Variety. Retrieved March 15, 2008.
  11. ^ Philbrick, Jami (November 20, 2010). "Exclusive: Teresa Palmer Still Wants to Play Talia Al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises". MovieWeb. Retrieved September 6, 2014.
  12. ^ Carroll, Larry (October 30, 2007). "Columbus Short Turns Down Lantern Ring For Justice League". MTV Movies Blog. Retrieved March 15, 2008.
  13. ^ Adler, Shawn (February 8, 2008). "Common Confirms He's Green Lantern In Justice League". MTV Movies Blog. Retrieved March 15, 2008.
  14. ^ Carroll, Larry (September 2, 2009). "Adam Brody Remembers His 'Justice League' Flash Suit, Before The Project Sprinted Away Forever". MTV Splash Page. Retrieved September 7, 2014.
  15. ^ Sampson, Mike (August 4, 2008). "Jay Talks 'JLA' and Seth". JoBlo.com. Archived from the original on September 10, 2008. Retrieved November 1, 2008.
  16. ^ "Costumer Marit Allen dies at 66". Variety. November 30, 2007. Retrieved March 15, 2008.
  17. ^ Cardy, Tom (January 7, 2008). "Weta triumphs in clash of the superheroes". The Dominion Post. Retrieved March 15, 2008.
  18. ^ Michaela, Boland (January 17, 2008). "Australia denies killing 'Justice League'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  19. ^ Graser, Marc (August 15, 2008). "WB taps into ties at DC Comics". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 8, 2015.
  20. ^ Child, Ben (October 17, 2008). "Brad Pitt may go back to the future with sci-fi Odyssey". The Guardian. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  21. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (January 14, 2013). "Warner Bros Moves Forward With Space-Bound 'The Odyssey". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  22. ^ Goldberg, Matt (November 29, 2011). "George Miller Says He's Writing a New 'Mad Max' Trilogy; also Working on Animated Movie 'Fur Brigade'". Collider. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  23. ^ Connelly, Brendon (November 29, 2011). "George Miller Preparing Not Two But Three New Mad Max Films, Something Called Fur Brigade". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  24. ^ Radish, Christina (November 16, 2011). "Director George Miller Talks 'Happy Feet Two', 'Mad Max', and 'Justice League'". Collider. Retrieved January 21, 2012.
  25. ^ Turner, Brook (November 25, 2011). "George Miller's new script". The Australian Financial Review. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  26. ^ Collinge, Miranda (March 30, 2015). "Tom Hardy Is Esquire's May Cover Star". Esquire. Archived from the original on March 31, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  27. ^ Hill, Logan (May 11, 2015). "Mad Max: What it takes to make the most intense movie ever". Wired. (Condé Nast). Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  28. ^ Lussier, Germain (May 18, 2015). "George Miller Gives 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Sequel a Title". /Film. Archived from the original on May 19, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  29. ^ McNary, Dave (May 18, 2015). "George Miller Promises 'More Max,' Starting With 'Mad Max: The Wasteland'". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on May 19, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  30. ^ Shepherd, Jack (October 5, 2015). "Mad Max: The Wasteland: Director George Miller confirms Fury Road will have two sequels". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  31. ^ Reynolds, Simon (October 12, 2015). "Mad Max Fury Road sequel won't star Charlize Theron's Imperator Furiosa". Digital Spy. Hearst Corporation. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  32. ^ "No Furiosa in Mad Max Fury Road sequel". October 12, 2015.
  33. ^ "George Miller Will Be Involved with Mad Max Sequels". Collider. January 14, 2016.
  34. ^ "Crisis Averted: George Miller Will Return for More 'Mad Max'". Collider. January 14, 2016.
  35. ^ "Director George Miller sues Warner Bros over Mad Max: Fury Road earnings". The Sydney Morning Herald. November 11, 2017. Retrieved January 7, 2018.
  36. ^ Child, Ben (April 18, 2018). "Mad Max: will courtroom feuding put the brakes on a Fury Road sequel?". The Guardian. Retrieved April 18, 2018.
  37. ^ Thompson, Anne (July 23, 2019). "George Miller Looks Back on 'Mad Max: Fury Road', and Forward to More Furiosa". IndieWire. Archived from the original on July 23, 2019. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  38. ^ Bulter, Tom (October 6, 2015). "George Miller Turned Down The Live Action 'Akira' Remake (Exclusive)". Yahoo UK. Retrieved October 6, 2015.