George Miller encountered no end of problems while filming Mad Max: Fury Road, between production delays, feuding actors and complicated weather conditions. But considering the massive critical and commercial success of the film, it was all worth it in the end.
Today, however, Miller has entered a whole new realm of trouble with his production company Kennedy Miller Mitchell embroiled in a bitter financial war with Warner Bros that could well threaten the future of the two sequel movies.
As announced a little while ago, George Miller entered legal proceedings with the studio back in November over budget issues. The latest news from the case reveals that Miller claims that the studio owes him a $7 million bonus, that was promised to him if the film came in under the agreed budget of $157 million. While Miller claims the final bill came to $154.6 million, Warner Bros. says the movie went way over with a total of $185.1 million.
The difference comes down to a series of particularly costly extra scenes that were added in at the last minute, despite Warner Bros insisting that certain scenes not be shot – including those around Immortan Joe's Citadel – and that a new ending be filmed instead. When Miller submitted his rough copy of the film, Warner Bros apparently asked for a number changes, including new scenes, that caused "substantial changes and delays".
At the end of 2013, the studio reportedly approved plans to shoot additional scenes with a budget of $31 million. But the end result was a 14-month delay that took the budget way over the initially agreed target. Basically, the two parties are currently not on the best terms with Miller claiming the working relationship has been "destroyed" by Warner Bros' refusal to pay his bonus.
When asked if the public would ever see the two sequel movies, Miller revealed that the scripts were finished but added: "That's all I can say. That's in the future." Now, we just have to wait and see whether the two can patch things up – but, for the moment, it doesn't look good.