Late last week, we brought you the news that Dredd director Pete Travis had been pushed out of post-production and producer/writer Alex Garland would be the one to put the finishing touches on the project. At the time, the details were vague and we were left with speculation till the official word came out. Well, the official word is out, and guess what… It’s vague and leaves us with just speculation!
In a joint statement to the LA Times, Garland and Travis has this to say:
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.
See? It is all part of their zany plan to muddle up the production as much as possible!
Well folks, I think its time to start dreading “Dredd”. Personally I don’t buy this whole ‘unorthodox collaboration’ hooey. A director has a vision of the final film in his head, he sets up and takes the shots that make it, then edits it to fit. If they aren’t just covering up Travis getting the boot, then they are insane and the movie is at great risk of turning into a hot pile of garbage, fast.
Wait, did I just say ‘hooey’ up there? Moving on…
“Dredd”, which has nothing what so-ever to do with the Sly Stallone stinkburger “Judge Dredd” past being about the same 2000 AD character, is set to hit the screen September 21st, 2012. At the time of this writing, nothing more than a few stills and the above rumors and a few scripts have hit the ‘net. When (if?) we see some actual footage, we can start judging “Dredd” to see if its as bad, worse, or better than “Judge Dredd”