Nevermind: Dredd Director Dismissal Refuted
Posted 10.12.11 by Ryan
Mere days ago, we reported that the upcoming sci-fi Judge Dredd reboot Dredd had lost its director, even though it had already finished shooting in March and had moved on to editing. Turns out, that's not the case at all.
"Creative disagreements" were cited as the cause for director Pete Travis' (Endgame, Vantage Point) dismissal in the original LA Times article. The report also claimed that screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later) had taken over in the editing room and could seek out a co-director credit. In a joint statement now printed in the original LA Times report, Garland and Travis refuted any reports about Travis being fired.
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.
In other words, go about your business, and wait for the trailer to cast any judgements.
Based on the British comic book, Dredd will star Karl Urban in the title role, previously played by Sylvester Stallone in the 1995 adaptation. Urban has promised a "very gritty, hardcore, faithful adaptation" with Dredd which will follow the character as he patrols the futuristic metropolis of Mega City One and trains his telepathic rookie partner, Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby).
Next Showing: Dredd
opens September 21, 2012