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The LATimes is reporting that director Travis, who recently wrapped production on 2000 AD’s reboot of the 1995 Sylvester Stallone film “Judge Dredd” (since re-christened simply as “Dredd”), has been removed from the film’s post-production completely after a dispute with the movie’s writer, Alex Garland, and two producers “boiled over”. Garland and the producers, Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich, are now in the editing room cutting the film without Travis’ involvement, and in fact, Garland is so involved in the editing stages now, that there are rumors he might even seek co-directing credits. Even though, you know, he didn’t actually direct any of the movie during production.
Then again, another unnamed source of the Times (they’re all unnamed, apparently) claims Travis hasn’t been removed from the film’s post-production, but is instead “keeping up with progress via the Internet and has not been pushed aside.”
The film itself isn’t set for release until September of 2012, so there’s plenty of time for reshoots and more “tweaking” to be done on the film if the producers really think Travis has delivered them crap. Of course, this type of chaos and personnel changes always bodes poorly for a film, but especially this one, which was hoping to return the Dredd character to prominence after the widely disliked Stallone version.
Garland, meanwhile, has never directed a movie before, and is most known as a novelist and screenwriter on “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine”, both with Danny Boyle. If this report is true and he is inside the editing bay cutting the film, let’s hope Boyle has taught the chap a thing or two. One can only hope.
“Dredd” stars Karl Urban as the new lawman, and co-stars Olivia Thirlby as a fellow Judge who must battle the evil Lena Headey.