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