It was reported just the other day that director Pete Travis had been dismissed from the Karl Urban-starring Judge Dredd reboot, and that writer-producer Alex Garland was running the show. But a joint statement from the two aims to put a stop to the rumor mill.
As we said in that previous story, the L.A. Times reported that Travis was locked out of the Dredd editorial process thanks, in part, to the producers' dissatisfaction with the footage he delivered from the set. And that Garland would, potentially, lobby to be named a co-director of the film.
Today, Travis and Garland have issued a joint statement that seems to clear up any confusion:
"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."
Is that the honest-to-goodness truth, or a clever PR spin to divert attention until they're ready for it? It's a toss-up, really.
(via The L.A. Times)