Dredd Scribe On Failure, Unlikely Sequel

If you’re hoping that a sequel to “Dredd 3D” will ever see the light of day, you may be in for disappointment.

Granted the chances were always very slim at best, with the well regarded relaunch of the Judge Dredd brand scoring only $35.6 million worldwide from a $50 million budget. An online petition clocked over 100,000 signatures asking for a sequel, and producer Adi Shankar recently discussed online what would be required for a sequel to happen.

However, this week the first film’s screenwriter Alex Garland says that while fan support has been great, ultimately there’s nothing much that can be done. Asked about the fan support for a sequel, he tells Collider:

“How can I say this without being soppy? It’s touching. It means something that these people support the film in that way, but the thing people want, which is a sequel, I don’t think is going to happen. I think it will happen (let me rephrase that)…I don’t think it’s happening with me and the people who made the last one.”

He also spoke about the regrets he has about “Dredd 3D,” specifically in the light of its box-office failure:

“The Dredd thing is a surprise. It’s a really complicated set of emotions. I have a lot of regret about how things worked out with Dredd, but it’s very gratifying. The regret it… you do a kind of transaction, particularly with the creators of it, which is that we want to do this thing and honor what you did, and try to do it properly, and then the film will reward that trust. That act of faith and trust and decency.

I think that the film rewarded them in one sense, but no in another. I do believe it rewarded them creatively, unless they’re lying to me about that. But I think it has created this thing of this movie that fails. The story of Dredd is that of a failed movie. Both times, for f–k’s sake. And to be party to that, when that was exactly the intention-to not do that-is kind of difficult.

And I also feel a sense of responsibility because I know there are these people who do this stuff like they’ve got money and they spend money on a DVD to try and up the chance of a sequel getting made. Because I don’t have an online profile or persona or anything like that I can’t speak to these people directly, but what I want to say is that’s so good of you, and thank you, but keep your money because the people who make the decisions don’t get moved by that kind of thing. They’re moved by other stuff, other equations, other algorithms.”

Garland’s directorial debut, the sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina,” hits cinemas on April 10th.