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Pete Travis On Dredd Controversy
And hints on a possible trilogy...

26 July 2012  |  Written by Phil de Semlyen  |  Source: Exclusive

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Pete Travis On Dredd Controversy

Listen up perps, Dredd is returning to Mega-City One with a tower block full of crims to deal with and a Stallone aberration to erase from the public consciousness. Happily, rumblings of a troubled collaboration between director Pete Travis and screenwriter Alex Garland on the production have been laid to rest, stopping that famous jaw from clenching just a notch tighter.

For a film with the shooting title 'Peach Trees', things were rumoured to have been pretty drokkin' far from peachy in the editing suite, but the filmmakers are now keen to set the record straight. Empire follows the story in the new issue, speaking to Travis, veteran of Endgame and Vantage Point in recent years, and producer Andrew Macdonald to get the skinny.

"It was all bollocks, really," Travis explains. "Dredd was always an extraordinary collaboration between lots of different people. Alex's interpretation of Dredd's world was the inspiration for me to get involved."

While Travis and Garland collaborated more closely on set than a tradititional director/writer pairing, the film's producers refute rumours that the former was given his marching orders in the editing suite. "I have no idea where that came from," says Macdonald, drawing a parallel with the TV paradigm of writer-as-showrunner. "We stand by the unusual collaboration. Everything was built around the script and the character."

Garland, meanwhile, shares some pointers on where, should Dredd do the requisite box office, a possible trilogy might take Mega-City One's finest. Short answer: outside Mega-City One, because "outside is this desert terrain, The Cursed Earth". And could there be a place in the story for the don of dark judges himself, Judge Death? Find in Empire's September issue.

Dredd slams onto our screens on September 7. Read Empire's review here.


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RE: Danny Cannon FU£KED UP Judge Dredd
L: LjStronge Here's hoping I don't get a grilling then! ome members are very nice. I'm not including myself in that equation, though. I'm basically an asshole. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 21:41 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Danny Cannon FU£KED UP Judge Dredd
L: MonsterCat I love how we are so warm and welcoming to board members who are either new or not as regular. ere's hoping I don't get a grilling then! I am looking forward to this movie, even though I'm not a fan of 3D or the the original. I am not into comics and have never been into the comic world (seem to be among the minority nowadays) and am interested in this solely from the trailer, write ups and hype. I have mega issues with reboots, but not if they are made becaus More

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RE: Danny Cannon FU£KED UP Judge Dredd
I love how we are so warm and welcoming to board members who are either new or not as regular. More

Posted by MonsterCat at 19:00 on 30 July 2012 | Report This Post

Danny Cannon FU£KED UP Judge Dredd
Stallone wasn't bad...if he kept the helmet on and a grittier director it would of been The Bladerunner of the 90's....Urban's DREDD look's a treat....can't wait! More

Posted by GALLYMOO at 15:00 on 29 July 2012 | Report This Post

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L: Spaldron Hey Dreddhead, I thought you were banned? More

Posted by rich at 01:02 on 29 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not That Dreddful
L: BenTramer Empire is being a little hard on the Stallone movie, the start of the movie and the presentation of Mega City One are still breathtaking. The problem with movie was a bad script, a not very interesting villain in Rico and it was way too short at 85 minutes. It's still a watchable movie. Halliwell's Film Guide said Stallone was perfect for the part of Dredd. It actually had a running time of 96 minutes. But you've probably just erased Rob Schneider's performance fr More

Posted by dreddhead at 22:54 on 28 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: Goaty L: dreddhead You've obviously never read any Judge Dredd otherwise you'd know that he's far from a dull, one dimensional character-unlike your namesakes alter ego, who's the very definition of one note. As for Dredd the movie? Everything I've read and seen so far confirms this film is a must see. Great article in the latest Empire mag too. Well done guys. ou're the big joke, troll; so why you says these in Dredd 3D IMDB board; redd will never be done prope More

Posted by dreddhead at 22:48 on 28 July 2012 | Report This Post

Looking forward to this!
I've heard great things about this and a possible trilogy would be awesome. Would be very interesting to see how they would bring Jugde Death to the screen. I actually agree with some comments on here about the Stallone version, it certainly isn't that bad and I actually quite like it. Stallone did suit the part perfectly but there was no need for him to keep taking the helmet off! However for what it is I like it and found it happily passes the time. More

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RE: RE:
L: dreddhead L: clarkkent Still haven't seen anything of this that makes me want to see it. But maybe that's jut because I've never been interested in Dredd, what with him being a dull, 2D character that was originally supposed to be little more than a satirical character and is now taken seriously. You've obviously never read any Judge Dredd otherwise you'd know that he's far from a dull, one dimensional character-unlike your namesakes alter ego, who's the very definition More

Posted by Spaldron at 02:57 on 28 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not That Dreddful
L: BatSpider Agreed. The Stallone movie was beautifully designed, the director Danny Cannon put a great sheen on it. I caught it at the cinema, which was the best way to see it. The reason it gets a bad rap is that it sits in a no-man's land between snotty movie critics and snotty geeks, who both disliked it for different biased reasons. he reason it gets a bad rap is because the script was shite,Stallones ego meant that he had to take the helmet off at every opportunity,the film was More

Posted by Cool Breeze at 20:57 on 27 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Not That Dreddful
Agreed. The Stallone movie was beautifully designed, the director Danny Cannon put a great sheen on it. I caught it at the cinema, which was the best way to see it. The reason it gets a bad rap is that it sits in a no-man's land between snotty movie critics and snotty geeks, who both disliked it for different biased reasons. More

Posted by BatSpider at 17:54 on 27 July 2012 | Report This Post

Not That Dreddful
Empire is being a little hard on the Stallone movie, the start of the movie and the presentation of Mega City One are still breathtaking. The problem with movie was a bad script, a not very interesting villain in Rico and it was way too short at 85 minutes. It's still a watchable movie. Halliwell's Film Guide said Stallone was perfect for the part of Dredd. More

Posted by BenTramer at 12:53 on 27 July 2012 | Report This Post

Well, I don't care about Dredd at all...
... but I'm going to go see this! Slow motion ultraviolence in 3D. F*ck yeah! It shouldn't all be about appeasing old fanbases. The point of doing it in a different media is the opportunity to reinterpret. I think a certain blonde-haired director has proved that recently. More

Posted by Nicky C at 17:00 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: dreddhead You've obviously never read any Judge Dredd otherwise you'd know that he's far from a dull, one dimensional character-unlike your namesakes alter ego, who's the very definition of one note. As for Dredd the movie? Everything I've read and seen so far confirms this film is a must see. Great article in the latest Empire mag too. Well done guys. ou're the big joke, troll; so why you says these in Dredd 3D IMDB board; redd will never be done properly 1) Too expe More

Posted by Goaty at 15:27 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

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L: clarkkent Still haven't seen anything of this that makes me want to see it. But maybe that's jut because I've never been interested in Dredd, what with him being a dull, 2D character that was originally supposed to be little more than a satirical character and is now taken seriously. You've obviously never read any Judge Dredd otherwise you'd know that he's far from a dull, one dimensional character-unlike your namesakes alter ego, who's the very definition of one note. As for More

Posted by dreddhead at 15:18 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

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L: nt aven't seen anything of this that makes me want to see it. But maybe that's jut because I've never been interested in Dredd, th him being a dull, 2D characteras originally supposed to be little more than a satirical character and is now taken seriously. sp; Irony overload... More

Posted by Harry Tuttle at 14:01 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

Clarkent
Well dont go see it then: if Alex Garland's script, Anthony Dodd-Mantle's cinematography, Urban,Thirlby and Headey's acting and a glowing critical and fan-base reception from the San Diego Comic-Con (resulting ina 100%fresh 'Rotten Tomatoes' rating) dont do it for you, then spend your cash elsewhere, my friend. More

Posted by darnmarr at 13:46 on 26 July 2012 | Report This Post

Still haven't seen anything of this that makes me want to see it. But maybe that's jut because I've never been interested in Dredd, what with him being a dull, 2D character that was originally supposed to be little more than a satirical character and is now taken seriously. More

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