No one suspects anyone but Alex Garland of directing his most recent film, Natalie Portman’s bio-terror thriller Annihilation. But now even Judge Dredd himself appears to be affirming a rumor that’s long circulated among fans of Dredd, the 2012 reboot scripted by Garland and directed — so say the credits — by Pete Travis.
Speaking recently with the Joblo Movie Network, Urban flatly stated that Travis did not direct Dredd — Garland did. And when it comes to Garland’s role, Urban’s take doesn’t sound like that of a man who had to have the information dragged out of him.
“A huge part of the success of Dredd is in fact due to Alex Garland and what a lot of people don’t realize is that Alex Garland actually directed that movie,” Urban claimed, later adding that he’d love to see Garland direct a follow-up.
“To see him on a Dredd sequel would be a dream come true,” he said. “That would rock my world. I just hope when people think of Alex Garland’s filmography, that Dredd is the first film that he made before Ex Machina. You think about it in those terms; it goes Dredd, Ex Machina, Annihilation.”
While Dredd’s box office performance leaves the prospect of a sequel somewhat murky, Garland’s passion for the material is well known. Around the time Dredd hit theaters, Garland said he’d like the film to be the first in a trilogy, and also expressed enthusiasm for a potential Dredd TV show — something that indeed came to pass when Urban agreed to reprise his role for the upcoming Mega City One, which is currently in development.
Urban’s apparent allegiance to Garland’s directorial guidance on Dredd is woven into the film’s development history. Yahoo! Movies reported a month before the film’s September 2012 release that Urban confided he “turned to Garland for direction on the set, rather than Travis.”
Garland’s credited roles on the film are as screenplay writer and producer. SYFY WIRE has reached out to Garland’s camp for comment.