Following Karl Urban’s recent update on the ongoing development of the Judge Dredd: Mega-City One live-action TV series, it appears the Thor: Ragnarok and Star Trek actor still has some secrets to spill about Dredd, the 2012 movie in which he first played Mega-City One’s top lawman.
According to an interview with joblo.com, the Dredd star seems to have confirmed the longstanding rumor that Annihilation writer and director Alex Garland, the film’s screenwriter, also served as its director, despite that credit going to Pete Travis on the finished movie.
Speaking to the site, Urban said, “A huge part of the success of Dredd is in fact due to Alex Garland and what a lot of people don’t realize is that Alex Garland actually directed that movie.”
The star went on to add, “I just hope when people think of Alex Garland’s filmography that Dredd is the first film that he made before Ex Machina. You think about it in those terms; it goes Dredd, Ex Machina, Annihilation.”
This isn’t the first time reports have surfaced questioning the level of involvement between Travis and Garland on Dredd — in 2011, it was reported by Collider that Travis was “kicked out of the editing room,” prompting Travis and Garland to release a joint statement saying that the movie was “a collaboration between a number of dedicated creative parties.”
Annihilation, in theaters now and based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer, is directed by Alex Garland and stars Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tuva Novotny and Tessa Thompson. Though the film has a modest box office take thus far of $21.1 million, it’s won over critics, with an 87 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.
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