Hey, remember when we told you the director of “Judge Dredd” was basically locked out of his own movie and the screenwriter had taken over the editing process? And that this was a really bad sign? Well, guess what! Alex Garland and Peter Travis, the screenwriter and director, released a joint statement saying “This isn’t true!” It’s just an “unorthodox collaboration”, which is probably the best euphemism for shafting somebody’s career I’ve ever heard. The actual statement says:
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.
I believe two things in this statement: that Travis didn’t get fired, and that Garland isn’t looking for a codirector credit. Everything else, I’m just a wee bit skeptical of.
[ via the jury at SlashFilm ]