Director Pete Travis Has Been Locked Out of 'Dredd' Editing Room

October 7, 2011
Source: 24 Frames


When it comes to putting a film together, the post-production phase is just as important, and in some cases even more integral, to the filmmaking process as a way of determining the quality of the final product on the big screen. Therefore it's disheartening to learn of some serious shake-ups happening during the post-production of Dredd, the new adaptation of the Judge Dredd comic book which first hit the big screens back in 1995 with Sylvester Stallone. 24 Frames has word that director Pete Travis has been locked out of the editing room due to significant creative differences with producers and executives. More below!

Apparently with Travis out of the equation, the film's writer and producer Alex Garland (Sunshine, 28 Days Later) has taken over in the editing room. And in another interesting development, Garland has been so involved with the production that there's a chance he might see a co-director credit on the film. 24 Frames points out how bold of a move this would be considering Garland hasn't directed a film previously and also never actually shot any of the movie himself. However, apparently there's the chance that some reshoots may be needed and Garland could end up behind the camera in that scenario. However, nothing along those lines has been decided just yet.

As for Travis' exit, there seem to be conflicting reports on his creative differences and his involvement with the film. Reportedly, producers and executives weren't pleased with the footage Travis was delivering, and while Garland does seem to be in the editing room, one source has said that Travis is still involved in the post-production process through the magic of the internet, but simply isn't physically in the editing room. Since Vantage Point and Endgame aren't the best films for me to have faith in Travis' creative decisions, I can't really decide just how worrisome this situation might be.

Either way, this doesn't seem to bode well for the production, especially when you consider 24 Frames recent example of such action involved director Mike Newell being kept out of the editing room for weeks during post-production on Prince of Persia. Another such case had director Stephen Sommers taken away from editing G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra and depending on how you feel about that film, that may not be good news. I'm hoping the film doesn't suffer because of this behind-the-scenes drama and Judge Dredd gets the big screen adaptation fans really want. Anyone worried?

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oh dear... fingers crossed that Mr. Alex Garland can save the day.

Noclue002 on Oct 7, 2011


... there goes any hope of having a decent Dredd film...

Yahzee on Oct 7, 2011


i know, this is sounding more like how Jonah Hex was done....we just need one more editor to jump in to fully know we have a shitty movie....

Jericho on Oct 10, 2011


Karl Urban must say the following lines in Dredd: “I am the law!” “I knew you’d say that.” (in five scenes) “I knew they’d do that.” “Full auto. Rapid-fire.” “Armour piercing” “Double whammy.” “Signal flare!”

Fowler on Oct 7, 2011


As Judge Dredd, Karl Urban should be a hardcore badass like Liam Neeson in Taken.

Kragen on Oct 7, 2011


I look forward to seeing the following villains in future sequels: Angel Gang, Mean Machine Angel, President Booth, Oola Blint, Judge Cal, Dark Judges, Judge Death, Rico Dredd, Armon Gill, Judge Grice, Morton Judd, Kleggs, Judge Kraken, Stan Lee, PJ Maybe, Nero Narcos, Sov Judge Orlok, Shojun the Warlord, Judge Sinfield   I hope in this film series, they will include the following Judges: Beeny, Buell, Galen DeMarco, Dirty Frank, Edgar, Chief Judge Fargo, Francisco, Giant, Goodman, Griffin, Hershey, Janus, Karyn, McGruder, Mechanismo, Niles, Rico, Shenker, Silver, Solomon, Volt   I hope in this film series, they will include: Chopper, Vienna Dredd, Fergee, Yassa Povey, Jacob Sardini, Otto Sump, Walter the Wobot

Becky Shaw on Oct 7, 2011


May still end up watching it anyway, but I can't say this news excites me for the movie. This kind of stuff just creates bad publicity right out of the gate. I was looking forward to possibly having a worthy Judge Dredd flick, but this just lowered my expectations by a lot.

Icefilm on Oct 7, 2011


Remember that at when filming of Blade Runner was completed, the producers wanted to fire Ridley Scott from the film. Well they actually did fire him and notified everybody involved. And one of the producers intended to edit the film himself. Sir Ridley Scott was saved by his editor who claimed he had absolutely no clue how to edit the footage and couldn't do it without the director, thus forcing the producers to bring Scott back on board and give him a  chance to complete his vision. This to say that producers often have no clue what the director is trying to achieve. This said, I agree Vanatage Point doesn't speak in favor of the director, it being a terrible movie that tries to be clever playing different angles but forgets obvious holes in the plot. And it could just be a very clever political move by Alex Garland. Or him seizing a good opportunity, not saying he plotted this from the beginning.  All this to say.... We'll have to judge on the results and shouldn't point the finger at anyone yet. Dredd does seem to be strangely cursed somehow though. There was this script by the genius James Crumley that he didn't get to see produced, then the Danny Cannon one that nearly ended his career as a filmmaker, maybe paving the way for him to get rich with CSI... Maybe failing on Dredd turns out to be a blessing.

Dessaintes on Oct 7, 2011


This does NOT bode well for the flick. I hate it when the execs place their dirty hands on a project and screw it up big-time, negating the director's true vision!!!! This is bound to flop, just like it's predecessor!!

Spider on Oct 7, 2011


Not good.

Xerxexx on Oct 7, 2011


Let's face it this was never Travis' film to begin with, DNA FILMS were calling the shots for the get go. Pete was just hired as a director-for-hire (why do you think Duncan Jones past on it)

Robbie on Oct 7, 2011


I really think Judge Dredd needed a remake

Richard - The Camera Dolly Guy on Oct 7, 2011


Well? Does he keep the helmet on?

David Banner on Oct 7, 2011


Nothing can change the fact that Urban looks shit as Dredd

Lagoya on Oct 8, 2011


The screenplay is wrong. It's just Die Hard in a MC-1 block. Whilst that may sound cool on paper, the execution of the idea was bland. Garland's screenplay has none of the rich eccentricity of John Wagner's work. There is virtually zero humour, no crazy crimes, no crazy perps or citizens. It's a watered down version of Judge Dredd and it's set in one location too. The film was almost certain to be a disaster because Garland's screenplay is just too unambitious for Dredd, too lacking imagination. I'm sure Travis felt that way when he was filming it and wanted to make drastic changes but DNA feel they have to stick to Garland's vision, no matter how crappy it is!

James England on Oct 8, 2011


straight to netflix. 

lossy on Oct 9, 2011


Let's see, director with a track record for underwhelming adaptations, studio with a penchant for turning directors' works into utter trash, source material that can be easily done poorly.  Sounds like a recipe for success...I'm crying into my waffles right now.

Fatal Error on Oct 10, 2011

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