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Has the director of Dredd been booted from the editing room?

Oct. 7, 2011by: Mike Sampson

JUDGE DREDD, the 1995 Sylvester Stallone film, was one of the box-office bombs that almost put the A-list actor completely out of commission in Hollywood. DREDD, the Lionsgate reboot of the franchise starring Karl Urban, was supposed to reverse the fortune of the unfortunate Stallone film but this film looks like it might be felled by some of the same struggles as its predecessor.

The LA Times is reporting that director Pete Travis has been booted from the editing room by angry executives and has been replaced by the film's writer, Alex Garland. Post-production has gotten so contentious, they say, that Garland may seek a co-director credit on the film.

The struggles seemed to begin when Travis began working in the edit bay and producers realized they didn't like the footage they had or how Travis was cutting it. A source said that Travis is being kept up-to-date on the film's progress via the internet. It's also possible that the film could see some significant reshoots, without Travis as the director.

It's not unheard of for a director to get bumped out of his seat at the edit bay but on some projects it never gets made public. Steven Spielberg famously filled in for Tobe Hooper on POLTERGEIST. Stephen Sommers was also allegedly bumped during the making of GI JOE. More recently Mike Newell was locked out of the editing room by Jerry Bruckheimer after the producer didn't like his first cut of the film.

The question is, how will DREDD rebound? Can Garland, who has no experience as a director or an editor, fix the film?

Source: LA Times

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1:57AM on 10/08/2011
I never understood how a director can not have total control. Why hire the guy in the first place? Even on bonus features, I see some editors giving the director crap. WTF? It's like hiring a head football coach but not letting him coach.
I never understood how a director can not have total control. Why hire the guy in the first place? Even on bonus features, I see some editors giving the director crap. WTF? It's like hiring a head football coach but not letting him coach.
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3:57PM on 10/07/2011
PG-13 fears rise.
PG-13 fears rise.
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5:49AM on 10/08/2011
I wonder if anyone from either warring party yelled: "I AM THE LAW!
I wonder if anyone from either warring party yelled: "I AM THE LAW!
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10:49PM on 10/07/2011
Whole movie should just be scrapped perios, js, bring on them thumbs down. Ya i did kinda enjoy the Sly version even he is he not suppossed to be shown without the mask & Diane lane's hotness & ass made up for it also.
Whole movie should just be scrapped perios, js, bring on them thumbs down. Ya i did kinda enjoy the Sly version even he is he not suppossed to be shown without the mask & Diane lane's hotness & ass made up for it also.
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4:52PM on 10/07/2011
Not surprised. I don't expect it to be anything other than a shitfest. Say what you like about the first film, but the production design was awesome. Everything I've seen from this set looks lame.
Not surprised. I don't expect it to be anything other than a shitfest. Say what you like about the first film, but the production design was awesome. Everything I've seen from this set looks lame.
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11:57PM on 10/07/2011
Just edit the size of his damn helmet and i'll be happy. fucker is huge...
Just edit the size of his damn helmet and i'll be happy. fucker is huge...
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5:01PM on 10/07/2011
A PG-13 version is obviously being put together as the movie producers are scrambling and gearing up for what they hope will bring lot of money in the films opening weekend before the reviews get out and which will ultimately can it.
A PG-13 version is obviously being put together as the movie producers are scrambling and gearing up for what they hope will bring lot of money in the films opening weekend before the reviews get out and which will ultimately can it.
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5:33PM on 10/07/2011

except for the helmet removal...

...dredd fans shouldntnve had a real gripe with sly's dredd. look what we got...ABC robot, cursed earth, the eagle pauldron, the best attempt at a lawmaster, angel family, Rico, Hershey, Fargo, the council, even chopper's smiley! what do we get now? oversized helmets and 1980s emergency vehicles. stallone's wasnt perfect by any stretch but you have to wonder...are we dredd fans any better off now?
...dredd fans shouldntnve had a real gripe with sly's dredd. look what we got...ABC robot, cursed earth, the eagle pauldron, the best attempt at a lawmaster, angel family, Rico, Hershey, Fargo, the council, even chopper's smiley! what do we get now? oversized helmets and 1980s emergency vehicles. stallone's wasnt perfect by any stretch but you have to wonder...are we dredd fans any better off now?
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3:56AM on 10/08/2011
Oh dear, trouble at mill.
Oh dear, trouble at mill.
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6:09PM on 10/07/2011

I've said this before...

But this script was fucking brilliant and SPOT ON for a Dredd flick, and the writer was so clear with his vision on the page that I have no doubt that bringing him in to edit, shoot, act, whatever, is the best thing that could happen to this movie. Seriously. Read it, then try to disagree.
But this script was fucking brilliant and SPOT ON for a Dredd flick, and the writer was so clear with his vision on the page that I have no doubt that bringing him in to edit, shoot, act, whatever, is the best thing that could happen to this movie. Seriously. Read it, then try to disagree.
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5:12AM on 10/09/2011

Dredd

The production design around the Angel family on the Sly version was cool - the real turn off was Rob Schneider hamming it up for laughs - could they re-edit and remove him?
In this new incarnation if they use Batman-style effects (perfect for the bike) then it might work!
The production design around the Angel family on the Sly version was cool - the real turn off was Rob Schneider hamming it up for laughs - could they re-edit and remove him?
In this new incarnation if they use Batman-style effects (perfect for the bike) then it might work!
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11:59PM on 10/08/2011

Directors have very little power.

It's the Producers, Executive Producers, and Studio heads who call the shots and have final say. The director is there for 2 reasons : 1) To direct the actors one on one, and 2) To get ppl to see the movie if they're a big name. Directors for the most part are held on leashes by the producers of the film. Not a lot of ppl know this, but it's true.
It's the Producers, Executive Producers, and Studio heads who call the shots and have final say. The director is there for 2 reasons : 1) To direct the actors one on one, and 2) To get ppl to see the movie if they're a big name. Directors for the most part are held on leashes by the producers of the film. Not a lot of ppl know this, but it's true.
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10:43PM on 10/09/2011
thats only if you direct a movie from Fox.
thats only if you direct a movie from Fox.
9:44AM on 10/10/2011
I just hope that this film will not get shelved and later forgotten.
I just hope that this film will not get shelved and later forgotten.
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3:54PM on 10/07/2011
I'll happily edit. :-)
I'll happily edit. :-)
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