The world has experienced the bitter taste of disappointment because George Miller has announced that he will not be directing the Mad Max sequels. Apparently, the director didn’t enjoy shooting in Australia where they filmed “in a field of wild flowers and flat red earth when it rained heavily forever.” In an interview with Page Six, he also added, “We had to wait 18 months and every return to the U.S. was 27 hours. Those Mad Maxes take forever. I won’t do those anymore.” The conditions and schedule seem reasonable given that the result is the most thrilling 120 minutes of your life. The only bright beacon of hope available to us is that Miller made no mention of not wanting to be a part of the writing process for the sequels. Here’s to hoping.