It’s never good news when between shooting a movie and it getting to cinemas a director leaves a project. However that’s what happened with the upcoming new take on Judge Dredd. Pete Travis (Vantage Point) has left the project in the middle of post-production, with the LA Times citing “creative disagreements with producers and executives”, which is the stock Hollywood answer anytime there’s a dispute. It’s not entirely clear if Travis walked away or if he’s been removed from Dredd.
Screenwriter/producer Alex Garland is now likely to take over the project in the editing room, and may seek a director’s credit. Dredd wrapped principal photography earlier this year and it seems the producers and executives in charge of the production were not pleased with the footage Pete Travis was delivering. However an insider claims that while Pete Travis isn’t involved in the post-production process, he is still keeping tabs on the project.
There is also the possibility that Dredd may undergo reshoots, although it isn’t known who would direct those. Many had wondered if there were issues with Dress, as the release date kept slipping backward, from the end of this year until it wasn’t due to arrive until September 21st, 2012. However the delay does mean there time to try and fix things, although it’s rare for a movie to be able to pull things back after ructions like this.
General movie news courtesy of Movie Muser