dredd movie image karl urban 02 Dredd Director Pete Travis Out Of Editing Phase?

24 Frames bring word that director Pete Travis (Vantage Point) has been locked out of the editing phase of the upcoming neo-noir action flick ‘Dredd,’ with the process now being handled by screenwriter and producer Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go, Sunshine). The report goes onto say that Garland may now seek a co-director credit on the movie since he has done the lions share of the work since Travis left the project:

“Although he completed shooting the picture earlier this year, Travis has not been involved in the current editing phase of the movie, after creative disagreements with producers and executives in charge of the film reached a boiling point, said three people with knowledge of the production who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to speak about the situation publicly. Instead, the editing room is now being run by a writer-producer on the film, the screenwriter Alex Garland, the people said.”

“In fact, so involved are Garland and two other producers, Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich, that Garland may seek a co-director credit on the movie. Although he’s made no decision on whether he’ll seek that credit — a petition would need to be filed with the Directors Guild of Great Britain — the fact that the possibility is even being considered is unusual. Garland is a novelist and screenwriter who did not shoot the movie and has never been credited with directing a picture before. Representatives for Garland and Travis did not respond to a request for comment.”

The reasoning being this news could be a number of things, the most likely factors being creative differences, or possibly the producers aren’t happy with the films rough cut or dailies. With the films September 21st 2012 release date, I’m sure this won’t be last we hear about these issues. Fingers crossed everything works out, I’d had my hopes up for this film!

This new adaptation of Judge Dredd is said to be more faithful to the comic than the terrible 1995 version that starred Sylvester Stallone. ’Dredd’ takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot – if necessary.  Alongside Karl Urban the film also stars Lena Headey, Olivia Thirlby, Domhnall Gleeson, Deobia Oparei, Jason Cope and Langley Kirkwood.