On Friday came the news via The LA Times that suggested that director Pete Travis looked to have been removed from the production of "Dredd" during the midst of post-production due to a disagreement with the producers.
At the time writer/producer Alex Garland reportedly had stepped in as his replacement. Today though, Travis and Garland have issued a joint official statement to 24 Frames:
"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."
A fairly blatant attempt at spin with the details kept decidedly vague and not flat out denying the claim but rather saying some of its details were misinterpreted or over exaggerated, which is a fair enough claim.
No doubt a more prepared and detailed statement explaining events will be forthcoming during publicity rounds closer to the film's release. "Dredd" remains on target for a September 21st 2012 release in North America.