Mad Max: Furiosa was announced to be shot back to back of Fury Road, however no new information had been made since that announcement. George Miller said in an interview back in 2011 that a script for a sequel has been written and another script is almost finished for a third film.An R-rated anime (Japanese style of animation) feature length Mad Max film had also been announced back in 2009, the animated film was said to be inspired by the anime film Akira (1988).A Mad Max video game is also in development by Avalanche Studios due to be released in 2015 for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
Is this a reboot or a direct sequel to the Mad Max trilogy?
It is a reboot. At the April 30th, 2014 test screening in Burbank, CA. Director George Miller told attendees that the reason for a reboot was that too much time had passed between the last Mad Max film to do a sequel or a film set between, along with doing such would mean a plague of continuity issues and creativity restrictions. George also commented that he didn't want to do a "remake" as he had no intention on retelling a story already told. A reboot allowed him to bring the universe and wasteland 30 years up to date while keeping Max as the moviegoers remember him, a man with nothing to lose after the loss of his family.From Warner Bros. press release:
"Mad Max: Fury Road Seminal director George Miller returns to the post-apocalyptic universe he created three decades ago with the cultural phenomenon Mad Max. Tom Hardy reinvents Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road, Millers extraordinary new take on the legendary character for a new generation of fans."The storyline borrows from the setup of the original trilogy, particularly from the second movie but in its own new universe. Set years after the new Max (Tom Hardy) lost his family during the early days of the societal collapse. Max is now a lone drifter in the post-apocalyptic wasteland as an empty shell of a man with very little left to lose.