Speaking at the Golden Globes, Miller told the New York Post’s Page Six column that a troubled production process on the much delayed Fury Road had convinced him never to return to the dusty badlands of post-apocalyptic Australia. “I won’t make more Mad Max movies,” the newspaper quotes Miller as declaring. “I’ve shot in Australia in a field of wildflowers and flat red earth when it rained heavily forever. We had to wait 18 months and every return to the US was 27 hours. Those Mad Maxes take forever. I won’t do those any more.”

Miller’s comments stand in apparent contrast to those he made in an Entertainment Weekly interview earlier this month, when the film-maker suggested Theron’s Furiosa was a “pretty compelling character” and would make a great subject for a Mad Max spin-off. The latest comments suggest the director may consider allowing other film-makers to take charge of the cameras for any future instalments of the saga.