[Update: The Los Angeles Times has been issued a statement from both Pete Travis and Alex Garland which says that this whole incident has been blown out of proportion. Quote: "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." Thanks go out to CraveOnline reader 'Joe Soap' for catching the statement right away.]
Poor Judge Dredd. That guy just can't catch a break. His first film, the Sylvester Stallone-starrying crapfest Judge Dredd, was a campy and ridiculous mess that not even the genius of Rob Schneider could save. (Yes, that's irony.) The new film from Pete Travis, the director of Vantage Point, seemed more promising, with a screenplay by 28 Days Later scribe Alex Garland and a take which promised to be more faithful to the original comic book series, with a seemingly dark, fascistic look at its post-apocalyptic world. Now that movie, called Dredd, is apparently screwed. Travis has left the film during the post-production process over "creative disagreements."
Of course, usually when someone leaves a project because of "creative disagreements," it's because one party was creative and the other one disagreed. Having seen nothing whatsoever of Dredd, we can't say what's happening for sure. But Garland himself has reportedly taken over in the editing room and may in fact seek a "co-director" credit, perhaps based on probable reshoots. The Los Angeles Times had the original story.
The kneejerk reaction is always to side with the poor, creatively stifled director, but Alex Garland hasn't proved himself a hack. If the movie's a mess, however, we know exactly who'll get blamed, and who'll be able to say "I told you so" for the rest of his career.
Either way, the film is still scheduled to be released in September of 2012.
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