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