We may never see comic book character Judge Dredd in a film sequel to 2012’s underperforming-but-instant-cult-favorite Dredd, but fans are now one step closer to seeing him take the law into his own hands on the small screen. The Judge Dredd TV show, entitled Judge Dredd: Mega-City One, now has a completed pilot script, and the writers have charted out the first two seasons in the event it gets picked up as a series.
Find out which Dredd veteran wrote the script and learn more about the project below.
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If Dredd was the only time we got to see Karl Urban as the titular character, that’d be a shame. From the very start of the action movie, he was Judge Dredd. While some actors might’ve looked ridiculous in that suit and helmet, not for a second did Urban. He had a huge presence that helped make the contained action movie a little grander. A sequel to the film isn’t going to happen, but Judge Dredd: Mega-City One is in the works. According to Urban, he’s having talks with the people behind the show about reprising the role.
Below, Urban discusses the Judge Dredd TV show.
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(Welcome to /Response, the companion piece to our /Answers series and a space where /Film readers can chime in and offer their two cents on a particular question.)
Earlier this week, the /Film team wrote about our favorite female badasses in the movies. We then opened the floor to our readers: who is your favorite kick-ass lady to appear in a film? And you let us know!
We have collected our favorite answers (edited for length and clarity) below. Next week’s question, in honor of It Comes At Night: what is your favorite cinematic end of the world? Send your (at least one paragraph, please) answer to firstname.lastname@example.org!
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Posted on Thursday, February 9th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
UPDATE: Dredd executive producer Jason Kingsley has revealed that Adi Shankar has nothing to do with the series at this point. This quote feels like a polite way of kindly requesting that we all stop paying attention to him:
While we truly do appreciate Adi’s enthusiasm for Judge Dredd, he has no involvement with the franchise and any future cinematic or small screen outings. Claims of him pushing forward a sequel to DREDD are not true and we don’t want fans to get excited only to have their hopes dashed. 2000 AD and Rebellion continue to work hard to bring the future’s greatest lawman back to screens.
The original article follows below.
We recently learned that producer Adi Shankar has been working on an animated adaptation of the Castlevania video game series for Netflix with two seasons already written by comic book legend Warren Ellis. That is astonishing news. I didn’t know those words could all fit together in the same sentence and in that order. However, wherever there’s Shankar, there’s probably an update on Dredd 2, which everyone involved in the original film has been chatting about for five years now. The latest tidbit: this purely theoretical sequel could be animated.
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Dredd was an out-and-out flop when it hit theaters in 2012, but thanks to strong reviews and a solid home video performance it’s only gotten more popular as time has gone by. For years now fans have been calling for a sequel, and star Karl Urban has been more than happy to encourage that chatter. Still, when he mentioned recently that he wanted to make a Dredd 2, we chalked it up to wishful thinking. After all, he’s been saying as much for years and so far hasn’t had much to show for it.
But it looks like there might be a tiny bit more to his recent comments than we previously assumed. During an appearance at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, Urban teased that “conversations are happening” about bringing Dredd back, possibly as a streaming series. Read More »
We’ve got some more info on the “bootleg” Dredd spin-off web series, and it turns out to be not quite what you were expecting. Producer Adi Shankar helped make Dredd, and he has also been behind the creation of a couple unofficial short films featuring Marvel comics characters such as the Punisher and Venom. So the concept of Shankar backing an unofficial Dredd spin-off series featuring the diabolical Dark Judges (a small group which counts heavy hitters such as Death and Fear as members) it was easy to assume we’d see a certain sort of web series.
In fact, the Dredd spin-off featuring the Dark Judges is called Superfiend, and it is animated. The series premieres later this month, but we have a poster and the first images below.
Update: A brief trailer has also been released, which you can see below.
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The line between “official” and “unofficial” gets weird with this announcement of an online Judge Dredd series, called Dark Judges, which seems to be meant as something between a sequel to the 2012 film and a “thank you” to passionate Dredd fans. Producer Adi Shankar helped make Dredd as a passion project. Now he is the one backing the online series. Many details about the series remain mysterious; what we know about the Dredd Dark Judges series is below. Read More »
Peter Travis’ 2012 film Dredd is just one of those things, a film adored by fans, and even some critics, but totally ignored by mainstream audiences. So a $50 million budgeted film ended up grossing a frightening $13 million domestic and only another $22 worldwide.
With those kind of numbers, the only time the word “sequel” would get mentioned is, well, never. Yet fans and the people involved with the film keep pushing. An online petition was created to stump for another movie. The filmmakers swore there were talks with the studio. Then they made a comic book to continue the story. Still, no one is satisfied.
Enter Jon and Al Kaplan, the well-known parody duo behind such hits as Silence! The Musical. They’ve taken to YouTube with their own brand of sequel pleading. They’ve created Dredd The Musical, a funny and clever video fans will love. Check it out below. Read More »
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The fact there’s no Dredd sequel has nothing to do with a lack of interest on the part of the original film’s creators. Various participants, primary among them star Karl Urban, have spoken often about the desire to do a sequel. And for Urban that’s got to be pretty great — as an actor, having people to clamor to see you repeat a role has to feel good. (Especially when the previous person to play the character got a much more negative response.) Asked again about a sequel, Urban says it’s actually more likely that another film would be a Dredd prequel of sorts, explaining how the Judges came to be. Read More »
Briefly: Want to see a film sequel to Dredd, rather than a comic book sequel? You’re not alone, and some of the people who want to see a sequel film are the people who are in the position to make it. We’ve heard before that talks have taken place about a possible sequel, and star Karl Urban says “conversations are taking place between the studio, the director and writer Alex Garland.” That was at a recent Star Trek convention, where Urban was queried about a possible sequel.
We’ve heard that before, but fans will likely be somewhat heartened to know that those talks haven’t totally broken down. Hope springs eternal, even in a hellhole like Mega-City One. [WhatCulture]