Earlier this week came the announcement that “Judge Dredd: Mega-City One” was in development, a live-action TV series adaptation of the famed 2000AD comics property.
An officer of the law in a dystopian future where he has the power of judge, jury, and executioner, Dredd has been played onscreen by Sylvester Stallone in the poorly-reviewed 1995 film “Judge Dredd,” and Karl Urban in the well-regarded and slowly achieving cult states 2012 film “Dredd”.
IM Global Television is behind the new TV project with Brian Jenkins set to produce and Jason Kingsley and Mark Stern to executive produce. All three appeared on the 2000AD Thrill-Cast this week and Jenkins has hinted that those on the series hope to get Urban involved again.
“We have had many conversations prior to this, about all sorts of things. He’s also very busy, a full-time professional actor. So we’re going to have some long and complicated conversations I would imagine, and we’ll see where we go.
It’s too early to tell yet, but if we can use him and he’s available to us, then I think that would be absolutely brilliant. There’s always a possibility he will be busy, or that his schedule for other movies won’t allow – basically, we don’t know at this stage.”
Previously, Urban has said he’d like to revisit the character, but that was for a potential film sequel whereas a TV series commitment – even in the shorter episode cable/streaming runs of episodes that are common these days – is different altogether.
The story of the series follows a team of Judges as they encounter various challenges of a world in which east-coast cities have merged into a giant megalopolis.
No network or casting has been announced yet for the series which isn’t expected to debut in late 2018.