Earlier this summer, Lionsgate exhibited extreme confident in Pete Travis‘ comic book film Dredd 3D when they screened it for fans at San Diego Comic-Con. The gamble paid off. Buzz was solid for the film, which is an incredibly tight, focused, hard R-rated, violent throwback to the simple, bad ass action movies of the Eighties. Watch our review here.
Karl Urban plays Dredd, a no-nonsense Judge in a futuristic city called Mega City One. He and other Judges serve as judge, jury and executioner when dealing with the criminal element. Dredd is asked to help break in a new recruit (Olivia Thirlby) and the pair get stuck in a massive apartment complex run by a drug czar named Ma-Ma (Lena Headey). She decides to shut the entire building down and tell everyone to bring her the two Judges dead or alive. And that’s where the fun begins.
Yes, Dredd 3D sounds like the plot of The Raid: Redemption and Karl Urban is well aware of that fact. We spoke to the star while at Comic-Con and he discussed the similarities between the two films, acting without ever showing your face, the seemingly simple scope of the film and the mind games he was then playing with fans when being asked about Star Trek 2. Read our interview after the jump then see Dredd 3D on September 21.
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Posted on Friday, July 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
Today’s action-packed Sequel Bits includes updates on Independence Day 2, The Expendables 2, Fast and the Furious 6, and more. After the jump:
- Dean Devlin says they’ve “cracked” Independence Day 2
- Skunks invade the New England set of Grown Ups 2
- Karl Urban would be happy to play Dredd in a sequel
- Fast Six adds model Clara Paget as a gun-toting sidekick
- A new featurette goes behind the scenes of Expendables 2
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A quick recap of this week in Star Trek 2: Karl Urban seemingly slips and says Benedict Cumberbatch is playing a character named “Gary,” likely referring to Gary Mitchell. He then says Trek 2 footage will appear online during Comic-Con. I ask him about both these things and he swears up and down he doesn’t lie or play games. This is then proved to be a lie as he releases the aforementioned “footage,” a video of him surfing.
Now that you’re caught up, here’s the latest. Star Trek 2 co-producer and co-writer Roberto Orci, who previously said Gary Mitchell was not the villain, stuck to that statement and added that both Cumberbatch and Alice Eve are playing canon Star Trek characters while Peter Weller was someone new. He also commented on when we might see a trailer, get a title and more. Read about it after the jump. Read More »
True to his word, Karl Urban has given fans exclusive peak at Star Trek 2 during San Diego Comic-Con. Kind of. Earlier this week, the star of Dredd said he’d post a video called “Star Trek Comic Con Sneak Peak” on YouTube and he did just that. The video features about three minutes of Urban himself surfing to a Cage The Elephant song followed with 10 seconds of Star Trek 2 set footage featuring J.J. Abrams wrapping production. Are there any clues in this footage? Check it out below. Read More »
Paramount and Star Trek 2 aren’t at San Diego Comic-Con 2012, but Karl Urban is. The star of Dredd plays a big role in Trek 2, and in an interview we conducted to talk about Dredd, he said that there will be some kind of Star Trek 2 footage premiering on YouTube this weekend. Is he being honest? Is this a J.J. Abrams twist? Read his quote and speculate after the jump. Read More »
The Sylvester Stallone Judge Dredd is gone. Long live Karl Urban’s Dredd. Urban is the star of the latest incarnation of the popular cult comic character and, with the help of director Pete Travis and screenwriter Alex Garland, makes the role his own in a film that’s incredibly tight, stylized, bloody and fun.
Dredd, which will be released September 21, had one of its first screenings at San Diego Comic-Con 2012 and the /Film crew was there. Check out our video blog review below. Read More »
J.J. Abrams and his Star Trek 2 co-conspirators have been fairly good so far about protecting the identity of the film’s villain. We know that Benedict Cumberbatch plays the bad guy, but beyond that we get into the territory of rumor and speculation. Is the actor playing Khan, so memorably portrayed by Ricardo Montalban in the original TV series and 1982 film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan? Is he playing a character related to Khan, or someone else altogether?
We’ve heard quite a few possible names over the past few months, but there has been no confirmation of just who will menace the Enterprise crew in the new film. But now Karl Urban, who plays Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy in the Abrams Trek movies, may have let the name slip. Read More »
How does a budget-limited production get around the expense of creating a massive post-apocalyptic city? One method is to restrict a film set in that city primarily to the interior of one massive apartment building. And in Dredd, Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby play two law enforcers — agents with a mandate to act as judge, jury and executioner in this hellish city of the future — who lead a team into an apartment block controlled by a drug-dealing criminal (Lena Headey). Hey, does that sound a bit familiar?
It’s too bad for all involved that Dredd didn’t hit a year ago, because then it would be able to avoid many inevitable comparisons to The Raid. Dredd went into production long before The Raid was released, so this is no copycat situation. This story is a setup that works very well in the framework of decades of Judge Dredd comics that inspired this movie. But if you’ve seen Gareth Evans’ film, it might be difficult to avoid the comparison while watching the Dredd trailer below. Read More »
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