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Dredd Director Denies Firing
Pete Travis is still the law

11 October 2011  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: LA Times

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Dredd Director Denies Firing

Rumblings started coming from the LA Times last week that director Pete Travis was facing some issues in the Dredd editing room and had been "asked to step aside". The news was leapt upon with glee by the fanboys who are perversely desperate for the film to fail, but Travis and screenwriter Alex Garland have now released a joint statement scotching the reports of Dredd's demise. Nothing to see here, perps. Move along.

Anonymous LA Times sources "close to the production" had reported that there were tensions and "creative disagreements" between the producers and executives in charge of rescuing Joe Dredd from the ignominy of the Stallone film. According to the story, writer/producer Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) was running post-production alone, and seeking a co-director credit for his efforts. Potential reshoots were also mentioned, with a question mark over who'd man the cameras for them.

But, say Travis and Garland now, "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 it's released next year."

The truth, or damage limitation? Are Travis and Garland the Reynolds and Costner of the 21st Century, or are they really the best of pals being misrepresented? We'll keep you updated on the drama.

Dredd, starring Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby, shot in the Mega-City of Cape Town, and is out next September.


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Oh dear...
I had faith here, (given the last adaptation the only way was up right?), now...a typical who am I kidding, it's gonna fail. Let's just get the disapointment over and take solice that it's better than the Sly version.... More

Posted by dgribble at 21:58 on 25 October 2011 | Report This Post

May All John Wagner's Baths Be Filled With Hundred Dollar Bills
I want the new Dredd film to make a shitload of cash so John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra can finally see a decent return from their fantastic body of work and to ensure the survival of the Dredd strip's hilarious characters, original ideas and  unique world that's still full of possibilities. However, DNA's reductive approach (or, as Garland terms it, "focused, knuckled-down, visceral and simple") to i] (2012) doesn't seem to leave much possibility that moronic alien bounty hunters, m More

Posted by sauchieboy at 10:25 on 15 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Judge Dredd Director Denies Firing
Tahoma"]I am actually quite interested in seeing how the new 'DREDD' film tuns out. Even though I worship at the Altar of Sly, the 1995 version was a bit poor as a faithful adaptation. I hope the new one remains true to the 2000AD-vibe. r] More

Posted by Snake-Eyes at 11:50 on 13 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Another Dredd fan
Back on topic people and quit petty insulting each other from arguments on other boards if you want to be able to continue posting here. More

Posted by shool at 11:34 on 13 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Another Dredd fan
L: dreddhead123 How's your attempt at humour coming along? Not too well I see. Keep at it. You may get there in the end. I think the admin people at Empire should delete this thread or lock it. Well if you can't stand the heat you better stay out of the kitchen! You're the worse kind of individual. You don't mind dishing out petty insults but you can't take them. And yeah lock the thread! If it means we're spared any more of your trolling and irrational rambling More

Posted by dreddhead at 00:22 on 13 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: I AM Dredd Fan
L: dreddhead123 "Apparently he thought they should have chosen his screenplay over the guy who did 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go etc... ah, the internet." Well I'm happy to put it to the test. If anyone can name a good site where you can host screenplays, tell me. I'll host the two screenplays I wrote and people can read them. ell sorry, I didn't realize it was actually you!  You did deny being the guy a few posts up. It's a pointless argument anyway. Garland h More

Posted by furrybastard at 23:50 on 11 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Another Dredd fan
By the sounds of it these Dredds....are losing their heads! Whats the deal guys? Some gossip from another website? More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 23:39 on 11 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Another Dredd fan
There are far too many 'dreddhead's' on here and I don't know which one is the famous troll and which one isn't. Unless they're both the same of course. More

Posted by Spaldron at 23:32 on 11 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Another Dredd fan
How's your attempt at humour coming along? Not too well I see. Keep at it. You may get there in the end. I think the admin people at Empire should delete this thread or lock it. More

Posted by dreddhead123 at 22:29 on 11 October 2011 | Report This Post

Another Dredd fan
I've been a Dredd fan since Prog 1 and I can safely say that I can't wait to see the finished film. I loved the exclusive shots in Empire a few months back and based upon those and from reading the leaked script, the film looks to be in safe hands-so balls to all the haters! Oh and Dreddhead123 how's your script for Scott Nestle Pet Molester coming along? More

Posted by dreddhead at 22:27 on 11 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: I AM Dredd Fan
"Apparently he thought they should have chosen his screenplay over the guy who did 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go etc... ah, the internet." Well I'm happy to put it to the test. If anyone can name a good site where you can host screenplays, tell me. I'll host the two screenplays I wrote and people can read them. More

Posted by dreddhead123 at 22:16 on 11 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: I AM Dredd Fan
I think the general concensus from JD fans (just have a brief look on the official forumsat they really want the film to succeed and show a huge audience just how great a character Dredd is. That 1995 film hurt a lot of people's feelings I don't think anyone wants it to fail, except for that one nutter mentioned above!  Apparently he thought they should have chosen his screenplay over the guy who did 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go etc... ah, the internet. More

Posted by furrybastard at 16:29 on 11 October 2011 | Report This Post

I AM Dredd Fan
And I don't want this to fail, no-one, not one should speak on-behalf of the film. Until all can see a trailer 1 and trailer 2 perhaps and much too early to speculate on how good or bad the production is. More

Posted by nybras at 14:39 on 11 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
He is? I mean, I am? Well strike me down with a feather. I never knew that. More

Posted by dreddhead123 at 14:12 on 11 October 2011 | Report This Post

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Dreddhead123 below, is Scojo! More

Posted by Goaty at 14:05 on 11 October 2011 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
The interesting thing is Garland's screenplay was leaked. If the producers didn't want that, that would mean there's a mole inside the production. I think it's reasonable to assume the mole contacted the LA Times and claimed there's a big rift between Travis and the producers. If the LA Times has the name of the source the mole can be revealed and he/she should explain their actions. Without any footage out there, such as a teaser trailer, it's impossible to dismiss the original LA Times story. More

Posted by dreddhead123 at 11:26 on 11 October 2011 | Report This Post

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As said by Goaty, the Dredd fandom in general is hoping against hope this iteration of the character on film is going to be a big success. There is one very prolific internet poster (banned numerous times from the official Dredd forum) who will post his rambling hatred for the film anywhere and everywhere, often with multiple accounts to agree with himself. He is a loon but easy to spot when you recognise the pattern. More

Posted by Jamess at 10:26 on 11 October 2011 | Report This Post

"The news was leapt upon with glee by the fanboys who are perversely desparate for the film to fail" That was Scojo handwork! HE is not voice of 2000AD fans! More

Posted by Goaty at 10:21 on 11 October 2011 | Report This Post

"The news was leapt upon with glee by the fanboys who are perversely desparate for the film to fail" That was Scojo handwork! HE is not voice of 2000AD fans! More

Posted by Goaty at 10:10 on 11 October 2011 | Report This Post

Huh?!?!
NEXT SEPTEMBER?!?! Are they fucking winding us up?!?! I love Judge Dredd, have done since I was a nipper, so I was really looking forward to this. Next September is bleeding miles away though! Not cool. More

Posted by tallaght24 at 10:01 on 11 October 2011 | Report This Post

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