The director of Mad Max: The Wasteland, Gavin Hood, is taking a break from directing his third film in three years to be with his family.
He told The Hollywood Reporter he had been working on the Mad Max sequel for the past two years.
“The last movie was the very last film I did.
It was the first time I got to make it,” Hood said.
“I wanted to do something with the kids.
I wanted to make them feel like it was their own movie.
But there was no room for the family.
So it was just an excuse to go away and do something else.”
After the death of his first wife, Hood began dating actress Megan Boone, who was a co-star on the first two films, including the 2016 reboot.
Boone died in 2016.
The pair are now expecting their first child together.
The studio was looking to release the sequel, The Wild Hunt, by the end of 2019.
But the studio also had other projects on their plate.
Hood was in negotiations to direct the film adaptation of the popular children’s book of the same name.
The project had already been shopped around to several studio and cable networks.
“It was a little bit of a challenge because I’d been in talks with a bunch of different people,” Hood told The THR.
“And I had the kids and I was working with them, and I just thought, ‘No way.
That would be a waste of my time.'”