Appearing at the Trekonderoga convention over the holiday weekend, actor Karl Urban briefly spoke about other franchises he’s been involved in – namely Judge Dredd.
Urban starred as the iconic 2000AD comics character in 2012’s “Dredd” which was a box-office fizzer but scored solid critical reaction and has since found a loyal cult audience. Urban made headlines earlier this year when he suggested that the film’s screenwriter Alex Garland (“Ex Machina,” “Annihilation”) was the one who effectively directed the movie and not credited director Pete Travis who was ultimately sidelined.
Today he’s spoken some more about the franchise and specifically the upcoming event TV series “Judge Dredd: Mega City One” which has been in development for several years. Urban says he’s had many serious discussions about being involved, but he’s still waiting on seeing if the series comes together:
“I’m not attached to it, although I did have a preliminary round of conversations with them. I am interested in doing it. There are a lot of great stories to tell there. It is up to them. I don’t know really where they are in the stages of development. If I get the opportunity, great, otherwise some else will do it, and we can all see some more Judge Dredd.”
More interesting though is Urban also revealed some basic details about how the series is structured in terms of character and plot and how Dredd would fit into the action:
“Their idea for Mega-City One is was basically to build the show around more rookie judges and young, new judges and Dredd would come in and out and I said that I’ll do it, but it has to be done in a meaningful way. I can’t just come on and grunt and pull faces, there has to be a story there for him. There has to be a kind of little arc and a story we are trying to tell. So, we will see what they do.”
“Judge Dredd: Mega City One” has not yet set production or air dates. Urban has previously expressed interest in a film sequel to “Dredd” as well but there’s been no progress on that front.