‘Dredd’ Director Pete Travis Leaves The Project [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated October 10th, 2011 at 2:45 pm,

urban dredd enhanced Dredd Director Pete Travis Leaves The Project [Updated]

The Judge Dredd comic book reboot (titled Dredd) has a lot going for it – with a cast that includes hot commodities like Karl Urban (Star Trek) as the titular character and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), decorated screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later…, Never Let Me Go) handling scripting duties, and Pete Travis (Vantage Point) serving as helmer.

Hence why the news that Travis has left the project – which concluded principal photography earlier this year and is currently in post-production – is all the more unexpected and disappointing to hear.

24 Frames is reporting that “creative disagreements” between Travis and Dredd producers/executives have led to the former walking away from the reboot. Garland has essentially assumed directorial duties right now and is working as the full-time supervisor during the editing process – enough so that Garland could feasibly push to receive a co-directing credit on the film.

Similar situations have occurred in the past, but generally the end result (re: the actual film’s quality) is less-than-stellar. Case in point: director Mike Newell was pretty much locked out of the post-production process on last year’s Prince of Persia movie, which was ultimately given a decidedly mixed critical reception.

There would probably be less reason for concern had Garland previously served as a director, editor, or in any sort of technical supervisor position prior to his basically taking over helmer duties on Dredd. That doesn’t mean he won’t be up to the task, but learning on the job is never easy, no matter what the occupation. Plus, if reshoots are required, it’s not clear whether Garland would be expected to handle those – or if another filmmaker will be hired on for the task.

Overall assessment? Assuming you were fully onboard for Dredd before now, it’s probably best to be a bit more wary about how this reboot is now going to turn out… though, to be fair, this could ultimately prove to be much ado about nothing.

UPDATE: Travis and Garland have now released the following joint statement on the matter:

“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.”

Dredd stars the likes of Karl Urban, Lena Headey, Olivia Thirlby, and Domhnall Gleeson. It currently remains scheduled for theatrical release in 2D and 3D theaters around the U.S. on September 21st, 2012.

Source: LA Times

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  1. Too many producers spoil the broth…

    • BUT it turned out to be a wicked film, I for one was relieved :)

      • Me too – I just hope it does well on home release now to make up for its disappointing take in the States.

      • Not random at all then.

  2. flippppittttyyyy flop flop flippppppiiitttyyyyyy flop watch this movie taaannnnkkkk

    • No need to sound soooo smug about it.

      • Sigh, I hope its good…..

  3. I think Alan Smithee is available to direct.

  4. For f*** sake, WHY can we not get a decent Dredd movie out without someone taking a massive S*** on our damn plate?

    I’m probably too far away (Northern Ireland) to be of any help but if there’s ANYTHING I can do to support making a true-to-the-source-material Dredd happen then I’ll have you know that I’m contactable through Screen Rant, Vic knows my email address.

    • if anything, we need to do something aboiut meddling producers, since that has sunk many a project

    • I agree. Since 1995’s horrible version of Dredd we fans have been dying for a faithful version of the Dredd we know.

  5. I read “Writing Movies for Fun and Profit” by Thomas Lennon and Robert Garant(great and funny read if you weren’t a film major and want to know more about how movies are developed) a couple of months ago and the way they described directors it is kind of surprising that something like this would happen with that position. I hope this turns out decent…

  6. This is a good sign for a remake… No I mean it I want all remakes in the next few years to fail on an epic level.

    • it wasnt a remake but a reboot so to be honest its not a good sign if a reboot fails

  7. anything is better then the slyvester stalone ‘adaptation’ 😛

    never really cared for this movie or the franchise as a whole, so it doesn’t bother me. if it succeeds, then i have a nice action movie to watch, if it doesn’t then i save time and watch something better. win win for me 😀

  8. I think the Stallone movie was great and funny.

    Let’s hope this reboot works out well and stays true to the comic books.

    I think John Hyams would a great choice to replace Pete Travis, I mean Universal Soldier: Regeneration was one of the best action movies of 2011.

    The stunt work was well done and the fight scenes were the best part of the movie.

    • not to mention that one long shot of JCVD taking out like 15 people with a machine pistol, then knifing the rest of the dude with a combat knife 😀

  9. I can’t see this as a negative aspect, because Alex Garland is the person who handle the script so I’m assured that he knows which scene to be include during the editing process due to his vision while writing the script and by the way with his experience in working 28 days later,never let me go, the beach and also act as executive producer in 28 weeks later proved that he could handle this duty.

  10. Yeah, jwalka.

    That long shot of JCVD taking out those guys with machine pistol and a combat knife was just awesome.

  11. Hope Dredd is pure awesome!!. Didn’t mind the Stallone version

  12. This news… fills me with… dredd. 😉

  13. It is never a good sign when a director walks out.
    I have little hope for this. Strangely I too have grown to actually like the Stallone version, it seems to have grown on some people over the years. Its cheesy nature funnily seems to work.

  14. Backseat directors are the worst. Hollywood is a vile cesspool. No wonder George Lucas and Pixar work outside of Hollywood.

  15. I cannot wait to see the trailer….c’mon trailer, where are you?

  16. Well it turned out to be a wicked film after all :)