At the weekend we reported that director Pete Travis (Vantage Point), was no longer part of the team that’s putting a new film version of Judge Dredd together, and that writer/producer Alex Garland had taken over in the editing room and would complete the project. There were even talks of reshoots being needed (although no one was sure who would helm them) and that Garland may have sought a co-directing credit.
However, now Travis and Garland have stepped forward and issued a statement refuting what was said in the initial LA Times report that brought us news of possible problems on Dredd. They told the Times that, “During all stages of the filmmaking, ‘Dredd’ has been a collaboration between a number of dedicated creative parties. From the outset we decided on an unorthodox collaboration to make the film. This situation has been misinterpreted. To set the record straight, Pete was not fired and remains a central part of the collaboration, and Alex is not seeking a co-director credit. We are all extremely proud of the film we have made, and respectfully suggest that it is judged on viewing when its released next year.”
It’s interesting that they use the words ‘misinterpreted’ rather than wrong, as it still suggests Garland may be in charge of all things post-production. Indeed from that statement it’s still possible that Travis has pretty much removed himself from Dredd, it’s just that he wasn’t fired. As they say though, we should wait to judge the film when we see it, but history suggests that once a film starts having problems in post-production (which on balance it still seems Dredd has), it’s difficult to overcome them.
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