Miller has also been rumoured for other directing assignments on the Warner Bros, including "Man of Steel 2' and "Green Lantern Corps'". The movie made $378.9 million worldwide, including $154 million domestic, immediately igniting talk of a sequel. And yet, it's been two years since Fury Road landed in theaters, and we don't seem to be any closer to either sequel being a reality. Reportedly, the veteran Australian filmmaker, who created the Mad Max franchise in 1979 with Mel Gibson in the lead role, claims the studio was contracted to pay his company, Kennedy Miller Mitchell, a United States dollars 7 million bonus if the sequel came in at a final cost of less than USD 157 million.
In the suit, Miller says that Kennedy Miller Mitchell was set to receive a $7 million bonus if the "final net cost" of the film was under $157 million, excluding some specified costs. If these calculations are right, (Kennedy Miller Mitchell) does not get a bonus. "However, Kennedy Miller Mitchell claims that Warner Bros. made decisions that caused Fury Road to go over budget, and even more, entered a co-financing deal with Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainmentwithout reaching out to Miller's company first". Even for a celebrated master of his craft like Soderbergh, some of the things writer/director George Miller did on his 2015 film just boggle the mind. The filmmaker, whose credits include the Babe and Happy Feet films, also is challenging Warners' move to pact with RatPac Entertainment to help finance the movie, which won six Oscars previous year.
"Simply put, we are owed substantial earnings for diligent and painstaking work which spanned over 10 years in development of the script and preparation and three years in production of the movie", Miller and his producing partner, Doug Mitchell, said in a statement to the paper. The dispute is being litigated in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.
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On top of this, Kennedy Miller Mitchell's agreement with WB reportedly included a clause that stated that if WB wanted a co-financier on the production, that the opportunity would first be offered to Miller and co. "That hard work resulted in a picture which found wide acclaim globally".
Warner Bros. disagrees with Kennedy Miller Marshall's position and plans to defend itself from their claims in court, but let's be real: you don't care about the he-said/she-said of all this.