In 2015 Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller delivered a movie that was a massive success with both critics and moviegoers. It won six Oscars and was nominated for four more, including Best Picture and Best Director.
Miller has scripts for two sequels ready to go, but we may never get to see them because he's currently locked in a vicious court battle with the studio, Warner Bros, who Miller says violated contracts, misrepresented the cost of the movie, and failed to pay his production company its rightful share of the movie's earnings.
While Disney has been churning out blockbuster franchises one after another, Fury Road was a rare hit for Warner Bros and could have jumpstarted a franchise they desperately need. Instead they seem determined to shoot themselves in the foot by alienating the person most responsible for its success.
This isn't the first time Warner Bros has done this. Their subsidiary New Line Cinema spent years fighting with director Peter Jackson over profits from the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and more recently Warner Bros has been battling with the Tolkien estate over merchandising rights.
What is Warner Bros thinking?