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