On Friday, thanks to an article in the L.A. Times, word spread that the reason behind Judge Dredd's grumpy face was that director Pete Travis hadn't done such a great job with shooting Dredd, leading to his being kicked out of the editing room and getting replaced by producer-screenwriter Alex Garland. Well, that article has since been updated with a joint statement from Travis and Garland, and they would like you to know that everything is going just great with their Judge Dredd movie. The reason Garland is editing the film instead of Travis? Because they're going to blow your mind with some "unorthodox" filmmaking! From their statement:
"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'd love to trust you on this, guys, but this sounds an awful lot like the semantic trickery Mom and Dad used to explain that they weren't getting a divorce, it's just that Dad would live in that complex next to the Wendy's now.