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Mad Max creator already has more stories in the works

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Jul 28, 2014, 5:28 PM EDT (Updated)

As if we aren't getting all kinds of Mad Max goodness already, George Miller has even more up his sleeve.

At San Diego Comic-Con, a rabid crowd (and eventually the world at large) got to see the first amazing footage from Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller's return to the character and post-apocalyptic wasteland that he first unleashed more than 30 years ago. But now that Miller is rebooting the series, he's not going to stop at one movie.

Film School Rejects (via Giant Freakin Robot) reports that during a post-panel press conference in San Diego, Miller revealed that Fury Road is just the beginning: "In order to tell this story, we came up with two others. We’ve written the screenplay of one and the novelization of another, but it’s a very rough novel. ... We kept working on them while we were working on other things.”

It may seem odd to write a novelization of a movie before penning the actual script itself, but we'll trust that Miller's creative instincts are steering him in the right direction -- and based on the look of that first trailer, we're fully prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Or it could be that writing a novel is just hedging his bets. After all, Mad Max: Fury Road has to become a hit before one sequel, let alone two, can move forward. And not just an average hit either: With all the production problems and budget overruns that Fury Road has seen, it's going to have to earn a lot of dough to make it even approach something like profitability.

But let's worry about that later. The important thing is that Mad Max: Fury Road looks all kinds of awesome, and if it does well enough, Miller already has more stories about Max Rockatansky on the launching pad. Apparently Miller conceived of lengthy backstories for his characters, so there's a lot more to explore.

In the meantime, Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and many more, comes out May 15, 2015.