In an odd development, the upcoming reboot of the Judge Dredd franchise, simply titled Dredd, has found its director, Pete Travis dismissed from his duties on the film. But wait, here's the catch: The movie has already finished shooting!
Thus far, the circumstances surrounding Travis' exit remain unknown. Nevertheless, Dredd now finds itself in a bizarre situation where the film's scriptwriter and producer, Alex Garland is left picking up the pieces in the post-production phase. Considering that there are still considerable artistic choices to be made in that job, it may come down to Garland filing a request to have a co-director credit on the film. (Although that has not happened, yet.)
The film, starring Karl Urban (seen above) as the badass futuristic Judge is said to take a much darker, more intense tone than the 1995 Judge Dredd film starring Sylvester Stallone.
Where does this leave Dredd, now?
As of now, rumors from unnamed sources claim that Travis' removal from the film was due to serious disagreements over the dalies that were being to delivered to the producers and executives in charge of the film at Lionsgate. Those disagreements must have been serious enough to send the director packing, probably in hopes of salvaging things in the post-production phase.
The word has always been that the script written by de facto helmer, Garland was one of the selling points of the project and that it was to take a more faithful approach to the classic comic book from which it was inspired. Therefore, it may be a clash of visions over how that script was realized. In the end, it would be the writer, Garland himself taking the reigns to complete the film that Pete Travis actually shot. So, in that sense, it MIGHT be a positive thing for the cause of the purist fanboy crowd.
It will be interesting to see how this upheaval in the creative department will affect the film. As of now, Dredd is still set to hit theaters on September 21, 2012 and will also be released in 3D.