Though lost at the box-office, time has been kind to 2012’s “Dredd”. Critics liked it but unfairly compared it to the similarly premised “The Raid” which had opened only a few months before, but actually began production after “Dredd” wrapped principal photography.
As the years have passed and comparisons of the two have been forgotten, “Dredd” has gone on to nab a cult audience all its own thanks to a lean and mean screenplay by “Ex Machina” and “Sunshine” writer Alex Garland, solid direction from Pete Travis, and a welcome grumbly performance from Karl Urban as Judge Dredd.
Urban has mentioned several times that he is very interested in making a sequel, but those in charge turned down the script for a potential second chapter. Then a few months ago came word that the franchise was being rebooted again, this time as an event series titled “Judge Dredd: Mega City One”.
At the time those involved said they would love to have Urban involved, but there was no word if he was interested. Well the man himself, appearing at the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention last week, has been quoted as saying he’s more than interested – in fact, they’ve already talked quite seriously about it:
“I am in discussions with them about that, I told them that if they write the material and give Dredd something to do and give him a function, I will be there. I would love to.”
The series is expected to be more an ensemble drama that follows a team of Judges as they encounter the challenges in a world in which east-coast cities have merged into a giant megalopolis. “Judge Dredd: Mega-City One” is currently planning to film next year ahead of a 2019 launch.