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Director Pete Travis & Writer Alex Garland Release 'Dredd' Statement

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October 11, 2011
Source: 24 Frames

Dredd

Just last week, there was word that some drama was happening on the post-production side of Dredd, the new adaptation of the Judge Dredd comic book series. Apparently director Pete Travis (Vantage Point) had been locked out of the editing room due to some significant creative differences with producers and executives, so instead the film's writer Alex Garland was taking over with an eye towards possibly seeking a co-director credit for all the work he's been putting into shaping the film. Well, now both Travis and Garland have released a statement to address the report of trouble on the movie, and you can read it below.

The LA Times' 24 Frames, who first reported on the story, has the statement from the filmmakers saying:

"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."

Honestly, it sounds like damage control to avoid any negative impressions of the film before a trailer has even been released. Notice that there's no disregard of the creative differences that are reported to exist between Travis and the producers/executives, so there's likely been some disagreements behind-the-scenes. Travis could also easily still be involved with the production with the studio simply not taking his contributions into account. As of now, there's no way to tell whether this spells disaster for the comic book adaptation, so I'll wait until we see some sort of trailer before making any real judgment (no pun intended).

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  • tir na nog
    I.m really hoping its good,I love Dredd.
  • Sands
    As Judge Dredd, Karl Urban should be a hardcore badass like Liam Neeson in Taken. 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!”
    • Ultim8
      "Double Whammy" was coined fro the Stallone movie. It had NEVER cropped up in the comics before then.
  • Lorraine Gugino
    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 SinfieldI 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, VoltI hope in this film series, they will include: Chopper, Vienna Dredd, Fergee, Yassa Povey, Jacob Sardini, Otto Sump, Walter the Wobot
    • Richie G
      Whats with the lists? does it prove that your a fan or that you merely have access to wikipidia or do you really think theres going to be dozens of movie to come?... because thats a pretty comprehensive list. Question list. Damn its contagious
  • Richie G
    When they announced this movie they introduced Karl Urban as an unknown, since then I haven't exactly been filled with the confidence that they know what they're doing

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