‘Dredd 2′ Comic Book Sequel Coming to the US – Is the Film Dead?

Published 1 year ago by , Updated September 8th, 2014 at 6:56 am,

Dredd Sequel Comic Underbelly Dredd 2 Comic Book Sequel Coming to the US   Is the Film Dead?

Despite uninspiring box office numbers, the 2012 Judge Dredd franchise reboot from Pete Travis received solid praise from critics and moviegoers alike – washing away the bitter taste of Danny Cannon’s 1995 adaptation starring Sylvester Stallone. While comparisons to Gareth Evans’ The Raid: Redemption remain an unavoidable talking point for naysayers, even though both films were in production at the same time, Travis and his Dredd star, Karl Urban, ultimately presented an entertaining (and downright brutal) movie experience (read our Dredd 3D review) – one that scored decent returns on retail shelves and continues to spread positive word-of-mouth. The post-release momentum, along with a leading-man that is eager to put on the Judge helmet for another installment, has led many fans to remain hopeful that Travis and Urban, along with producer Adi Shankar, will eventually release Dredd 2.

Nevertheless, poor ticket sales, specifically $35 million worldwide take (from a reported $50 million production budget) has left studio executives hesitant about green-lighting a follow-up. Now, after months of waiting, US fans will finally be able to get their hands on a Dredd sequel story. The good news? In case you haven’t heard, Dredd: Underbelly is a real thing and will be released in the US in January 2014. The bad news? It’s a comic book, not a new movie.

Dredd Sequel Short Film Dredd 2 Comic Book Sequel Coming to the US   Is the Film Dead?

The sequel story from Arthur Wyatt and Henry Flint was originally published as three serialized installments in the UK-distributed Judge Dredd Megazine, but is now headed for a full release in the US. According to THR, who spoke with 2000AD editor Matt Smith, the choice to bring the comic over to the US was the result of increased interest in the character following the positive buzz from Travis and Urban’s feature film adaptation:

“We’ve noted a real swell of U.S. interest in Dredd off the back of the film. This first foray for 2000AD in producing a U.S.-format book, geared specifically to the [comic book] direct market, and aimed at satisfying those demanding a sequel, is a stumm gas grenade-style lob across the Atlantic to show that you don’t have to camp outside your local multiplex to get your next fix of Mega-City One — the Judge will carry on enforcing the Law through the pages of the comic. Arthur and Henry have created a terrific story, and a powerful follow-up to the film. Dredd fans won’t be disappointed.”

Check out the cover of Dredd: Underbelly below (click to enlarge):

Dredd Underbelly Sequel Comic 280x170 Dredd 2 Comic Book Sequel Coming to the US   Is the Film Dead?

For anyone who didn’t get to check out the Dredd: Underbelly series over the last few months, it debuted back in September and is a direct sequel to the narrative presented in the 2012 film. According to Wyatt, who spoke earlier this year with CBR, the Underbelly story “follows pretty closely from the end of the movie — the repercussions of the fall of the Ma-Ma are still being felt. Anderson has really come into her own and Dredd will actually be brought into one of her cases in this one.” We’ll spare our readers the specifics, since many likely will not have read the sequel comic yet, but it’s a worthy follow-up for comic book-reading fans eager for more of Urban’s take on the Dredd character, while also delivering an equally strong read for longtime 2000AD faithfuls.

As for where the announcement leaves the possibility of a future movie sequel: no official progress has been made but the very fact that 2000AD has recorded a “real swell of U.S. interest in Dredd,” certainly indicates that, under the right circumstances, there’s interest in putting more Dredd in front of U.S. audiences. Should interest be high enough, years worth of comic book material provide an enticing set of narrative possibilities. Prior to release, Dredd 3D writer Alex Garland had even teased the possibility of a film trilogy, culminating in the inclusion of the fan-favorite Dark Judges. At this point, it’s unclear whether or not producers would continue with Garland’s planned story arc about the fascist side of Judging, if a sequel is even announced, or simply hire new writers for an entirely fresh take.

dredd sequel karl urban Dredd 2 Comic Book Sequel Coming to the US   Is the Film Dead?

Of course, Dredd 2 won’t be an easy sell regardless of the direction. After all, fan support only goes so far, especially since a sequel would likely be more expensive, given that audiences expect most follow-up films to be bigger than the original – especially if the filmmakers did want to explore a Dark Judges story. Similarly, a confined plot that primarily took place inside Peach Trees is part of what kept Dredd so exciting at a relatively modest budget. A sequel couldn’t simply copy and paste the same interior setting setup with a new villain – meaning that the studio would have to invest heavily in CGI effects, so that Dredd and his audience, could explore more of Mega City One.

Since other beloved projects have found new life via Kickstarter and other crowd funding sites, some viewers might hope that should the studio system fail us, Dredd could be resurrected through a fan-backed initiative. However, there’s a big difference between the challenges facing a Veronica Mars follow-up and an R-Rated, future-set, blockbuster comic book adaptation.

Dredd 3D Spoilers Dredd 2 Comic Book Sequel Coming to the US   Is the Film Dead?

We’ll update you on any news of a Dredd sequel. In the meantime, let’s all keep our fingers crossed that Shankar makes good on his promise of a “dope” short film Judge Dredd sequel, inspired by his low budget approach to the equally gritty Punisher in 2012′s “Dirty Laundry.” Or you can always listen to an in-depth discussion of the first film by the Screen Rant editors in our Dredd episode of the SR Underground podcast.


Dredd is out now on DVD and Blu-ray. Dredd: Underbelly will be available January 2014 through Kindle Fire, Nook and the 2000AD iPad app, as well as a physical comic book.

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for future updates on Dredd as well as movie, TV, and gaming news.

Source: THRCBR

Follow Ben Kendrick on Twitter @benkendrick
Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. I’ll cry if a sequel doesn’t happen. I love that movie so much.

    • Me too :( Didn’t see it in theaters, wished I had to show some support haha. Easily one of my hidden gems of the time when I watched it. Fantastic movie.

  2. I so want to see more Dredd on screen. Dredd is a hard sell. He’s not really kids fodder, so toy and merchandise more or less goes out the window. He doesn’t really appeal to the horror or superhero fan either. (Although Judge Death would be excellent sci-fi horror fare) It’s tough to get US comic fans to warm to him too. They are literally trying to introduce a character that has been around for 36 years as a new thing for a new audience.

    Personally, I think they should do some animated series. Anime companies such as Madhouse and Production I.G. could do this soooo well visually. Just get British writers on board and have it slow burn like most anime is. I would’t want to see it like the DC cartoons.

    • Perhaps the release of the sequel books in america will boost thier comic book fan scene a bit. Fingers crossed. And yes an Anime series would do well I think.

      Failing both a new film or anime series perhaps a live action series. Its been shown with alot of new shows recently that Sci-fi/future stuff on a tv budget could work. If they wanted to shy away from the Epic visuals of mega city one they could have Dredd and a a select few judges head into the badlands. Ergo just film it in the sticks with a few minor sets built.

      • That’s a great idea.

  3. Its a shame,love the first film but a novel will do.

  4. I’m another one that didn’t see the movie in the theater, but wish I had just to boost those numbers a bit. I absolutely loved the movie. It’s on my Christmas list!

  5. i saw this a month ago and loved it, Santa is hookin me up with a copy

  6. This demands and DESERVES a sequel. Movie studios are completely ignorant, greedy, mindless capitalists.

    • Unfortunately money talks, and Dredd is still in the red. Maybe if they had marketed it better, actually put it in enough cinemas and kept it there long enough instead of pulling it after the first week…..

      • Amen brother

      • Are you sure it’s still in the red? DVD/Blu-Ray sales and the Netflix deal may have made up for it.

        • Maybe. But it’s still got a long way to go to be considered a financial success.

    • So movie executives are mindless capitalists because they refuse to make an unnecessary sequel to a soulless, generic action movie? That’s a new one.

  7. I honestly thought the movie was so, so.

    • I honestly thought your comment was so, so. Sentence: Five years in the cubes.


      • +1 made me laugh

  8. Dredd was dope! I didnt watch it in the theatre either smh…wathced it the other day with low expectations and absolutely loved it! Forget pt 2 the Dredd saga needs a trilogy!

  9. I saw it on release day in the cinema here in the UK (where it became the first 18 rated movie to hit the number 1 spot since 2009, 18 being our equivalent of an R).

    Unfortunate thing is that while 2000AD are fully behind the fan support to try and finance a sequel, the studio have said no, despite the DVD and Blu Ray being sold out pretty much everywhere.

    I honestly thought Dredd was the best movie of 2012 and it’s a damn shame that terrible films that came out that year have received the greenlight for sequels and this one hasn’t.

    • The studio (DNA) have never said no; they said they’ll make it if they can get the funding.

      • Nope, the Make A Dredd campaign said they won’t accept a Kickstarter style thing. I neglected to mention that part but they’ve also said they’re not in a hurry to try and find the funds either.

        I’ve pretty much been a part of the campaign since it began so…

        • I never said they would accept Kickstarter money and neither did the make a Dredd Sequel page ever try one. The people who did try had nothing to do with the campaign and tried to do it before he fan page existed.

  10. There isn’t enough “Alex Garland” mention in this. Without him the film wouldn’t have been anywhere near as cool as the final product was(if it even ended up getting off the ground.) Even if a second film is announced, if Garland isn’t attached in some way i don’t necessarily think i’ll have much faith in it for any other reason other than Karl Urban

  11. I think a tv series might make more sense. I would think a netflixs partnership might work. After all this is what Disney is doing with its smaller characters to build recognition

  12. If only Dredd was not marketed as “Dredd 3d”. I feel like the 3d tag affected it’s appeal. I chose not to see it because of the “3d” and just waited for dvd, but ended up being really surprised by how good a film it was.

    • It’s better in 3D though. The visuals look cool in 2D but they really get enhanced by the 3D. It was honestly the first movie I’ve seen in 3D that truly justified being seen in that medium (the only other one being Life Of Pi).

      • Yeah you’re right, the Slo-mo sequences I can imagine must’ve looked AWESOME in 3d.

  13. The comic sequel was planned before the film was released. It has nothing to do with whatever plans the production team have for more DREDD on-screen. The comic is marketing for Judge Dredd in the US.

  14. a kick start campaign could be a good way to go with this film. i recon a lot of people would help out

    • A Kickstarter won’t raise $30-50 million in 60 days not to mention the structural and insurance problems with funding a crowdfunded feature film that would still require another $25 million to market.

    • Fans have tried to start one but the studio refuses to allow it to happen.

      It could easily get the money required because there are so many fans willingly to put a lot of money into it but until they agree to it, it’s just the fans, the sequel campaign and 2000AD as the only ones willing at the moment.

      • The Kickstarter was for a fan-film not a sequel . Since the studio paid for the rights from the publisher/ owner why would either party allow anyone else to privately raise money to make something they have no control, revenue or input into.

  15. Saw it in victioria BC on th ebig screen and loved it, also a die hard JD fan ( I have all the 2000ADs since he debuted in Prog #2

  16. Personally I would like to see dredd back on the big screen but I think it might work better as a tv series because it was done on such a reasonable budget and with majors shows like game of thrones walking dead they prove the violence is an easier sale on tv

  17. Dredd doesn’t need a comic book sequel. It has almost 40 years of comic book material on paper. We need more live-action films (or maybe a TV series).

  18. We can’t get a Dredd sequel but Grown Ups 2 happened. The general public has no standards.

    • Wrong.
      The general public DO have standards. Studios simply have no idea what they are doing; and are too busy hanging on to cash, to put into mindless cash cows or “sure bets”.

      Just looking at the reception, the general public CLEARLY want this movie to happen.

      Studios are corporate entities. Meaning we are simply force fed what accountants are willing to sign for.

      After a lifetime at accountancy school, do you think any of them are left with real brains? …let alone passion or any genuine taste!

      • But obviously a lot more of the rather nebulous collective called the ‘general public’ go to see Grown Ups 2 (even after they saw the first) than films like DREDD which still, despite good after-sales, has a small following and only made a small amount of money.

        Grown Ups 2 earned $250 million worldwide at the box office; Dredd earned $41 million and possibly 30-40 million in worldwide retail.

        Those numbers tell us exactly what the ‘general public’ want to see: Dredd is a niche film for a minority of the audience. It might make some money with a dedicated following but not enough profit for it to really matter when it comes to a studio choosing to make either a ‘Grown Ups 3′ type of film or a ‘Dredd 2′.

        Films on the scale and style of Dredd are being pushed out by more crowd-pleasing films because that’s what the ‘general audience’ are telling the studios what they want to see; if they didn’t want it, they wouldn’t go see it and the studios wouldn’t make those films because they wouldn’t be making money.


        • The studios’ pursuit of money, to the exclusion of all else, leaves them with TUNNEL VISION in a mindless chase after the next $dollars$.

          As a result, Dredd was poorly promoted; with most people not knowing that it even existed, until reached by word of mouth.

          Limited release meant that Dredd only appeared on a small number of screens. Constrained in this way, and without any real promotional strategy, Dredd didn’t get the CHANCE to make big bucks; let alone be a blockbuster!

          However, once received by the public, now they’ve had a CHANCE to see the movie, the reception has been unanimous.

          So, why such a condescending SMIRK of a reply? Is your life so dull, that you’ve nothing better to do?

          Let’s watch the sales. Then you can take your self satisfied smirk and dispose of it elsewhere!

          • “The studios’ pursuit of money, to the exclusion of all else, leaves them with TUNNEL VISION in a mindless chase after the next $dollars$.”

            And the fact is it’s working for them: Billion dollar box-office and retail with Lionsgates’s Hunger Games is hard to argue with.

            “So, why such a condescending SMIRK of a reply? Is your life so dull, that you’ve nothing better to do?

            Let’s watch the sales. Then you can take your self satisfied smirk and dispose of it elsewhere!”

            Can’t take an opposing opinion? I know the sales of Dredd. They’re ok for a film that didn’t make enough box-office but not the type of figures that would push a studio into a definite investment in another film. That would require some other element in Dredd’s fortunes to arise which may or may never happen.

            DREDD didn’t have a limited release; it was released NATIONWIDE in the US in 2,557 theaters which is a very, very healthy amount for an average budget, R-rated film with no stars. After the disaster of the Stallone film, all the ‘general public’ knew of the character was a bad taste and no amount of marketing would’ve gotten over that. In fact spending more money, time and effort on marketing means a film must make back even more money. There’s a reason why studios don’t re-boot/re-make properties that have previously flopped and never been successful– they carry with them a previously bad public impression that affects marketing and public acceptance.
            Unless it’s a horror film, R-rated sci-fi films rarely make much money unless there are stars, a big name director involved or it;s part of a larger franchise like Resident Evil which has sold about 50 million games.

            Unfortunately the general public rarely responds to R-rated Sci-fi films just for their quality. The producers and writer stated all these problems with the film in the market before it was even released and didn’t expect it to be a huge hit, would be moderate at best and there would only be sequels if they were really, really lucky.

            They knew what they were up against.

            • The stigma created by the cash cow of the 90′s, with Stallone in a gimp suit, is certainly an impression the film needed to shake. Happily, it seems to have done so, quite comfortably.

              I am happy to hear differing opinions. I just don’t need a pompous little lecture from a two bit pedant, thank you.

              Why are you using this page? Do you work for a competing franchise? Do you work for studio P.R. or were you just born that way?

              I don’t know of any cure. Try ELSEWHERE!

              • I see you’ve no argument other taking debate and opinion personally and throwing out paranoid insults, neither do you have anything constructive to say other than ‘film studios are dumb’, not realising that it was a studio investor that got Dredd green-lit in the first place. It is now they who have no interest in a sequel because they lost money on the investment.

                “Why are you using this page? Do you work for a competing franchise? Do you work for studio P.R. or were you just born that way?”

                In case you weren’t paying attention the title of this article and its adjoining comments thread is this:

                “‘Dredd 2′ Comic Book Sequel Coming to the US – Is the Film Dead?”

                That frames the argument and poses a question in which my comments fit quite well within.

                There are no ‘competing franchises’ for Dredd and it’s profoundly naive to think that Dredd actually has PR people working against it: what do they need to fight against? It’s Dredd that needs to fight against a sea of studios and investors that are just indifferent to it because it still hasn’t made enough money to greenlight a sequel. Do you think films are made for free and are expected to take a loss?

                I’ve been supporting the development of a Judge Dredd film since the prospect resurfaced with Shoreline Entertainment in 2001/2002 and eventually ended up at DNA in 2007. I know how hard it was back then to get it made and I know how hard it will be for another film to get funding after its box-office under-performance. These are the realities; if you don’t like the sound they make, cover your ears.

                • Obnoxious OCD loser,
                  Argument, debate and opinion are great.

                  I just don’t like you!

                  Your condescending tone and derisory personal comments might well have something to do with it.

                  Don’t bother replying, you’re not worth any more of my time.

                  • You’re the one casting all the insults and personal comments and each successive reply, since the first, contains them. None of my comments are insults about you as a person. That says more about me than you. I only stated my opinion about the film industry and it place within it which you took exception to and nothing I said was a personal comment.

                    Here is a list of your insults:

                    ‘Obnoxious OCD loser’

                    ‘I just don’t like you!’

                    ‘Your condescending tone and derisory personal comments might well have something to do with it.’

                    ‘I just don’t need a pompous little lecture from a two bit pedant, thank you.’

                    Do you work for studio P.R. or were you just born that way?’

                    ‘I don’t know of any cure. Try ELSEWHERE!’

                    That kind of behaviour speaks for itself. Need I point you to the rules that are above the comment box each time you post:

                    “Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.”

                    Happy Christmas.

                    • I didn’t realise I was talking to a 5 year old. Enjoy the school break.
                      Happy Christmas.

                  • “I didn’t realise I was talking to a 5 year old. Enjoy the school break.”

                    Again, another personal insult.

  19. film sequel please

  20. I loved Dredd and wish they’d make a sequel, but a comic follow up sounds good, too. 2000AD’s JD format actually prevents me from reading it. I want an entire comic dedicated to a certain brand, not newspaper-style strips.

    If this is a prelude to more proper arc releases of the character, then it’s a good thing, indeed, as I have wanted to read the stories for a while now.

  21. Loved Dredd. Saw it opening weekend. Convinced a handful of co-workers to come and see it a couple weeks later and they all loved it. It was they who pointed out the major flaw…

    It was incredibly asinine decision to make it a 3D driven release with only (very) limited 2D release. I live in a fairly sizable metropolitan area and there were NO 2D showings. Movie tickets have become pricey enough that many people aren’t going to take a chance on a little known property that received very limited marketing, whose only prior release was a thoroughly mediocre, typically 90′s, Stallone offering.

    Don’t get me wrong: the 3D was cool and reasonably well done… but after seeing the movie on my TV in 2D, it didn’t feel like I was losing much. And that decision to release primarily (only? never got that quite straight) in 3D might have been the decision that cost them a possible sequel/trilogy. Because it’ll be a few years before I’ll accept an Urban-less reboot of the character.

    And can the people comparing Dredd to Raid: Redemption please go away already? It’s like complaining about 70′s-80′s era Charles Bronson and Dirty Harry movies because they weren’t Bruce Lee. Or complaining that a western isn’t a samurai movie. I enjoy good examples of the various genres and thoroughly enjoyed both Raid and Dredd, and you have to be incredibly shallow to even think they feel similar beyond the most generic aspects of either film.

  22. The problem was the marketing! This was a great movie, and had it been preseneted better would have surely been a success. The movie was great, the advertising… not so much.

  23. If Almost Human does well and Karl Urban’s popularity continues to grow (and I believe it will), it adds to the possibility of a DREDD 2.

  24. I think it would be actually easier to sell a sequel if they made it about the Dark Judges and don’t publicize it as a Dredd movie, but rather as a horror/sci-fi movie, like “Blade”, “Underworld”, “Priest” or “I, Frankenstein”, that sort of stuff.

    Just call it “The Dark Judges” and make a scary trailer focusing on the Dark Judges themselves and the horrors they unleash on MegaCity One.

    Fans will know what it’s all about; non-fans will know what they need to know and will watch the movie anyway, enjoy it and perhaps become new 2000 AD fans.

  25. Interesting idea. It might set the scene, for Dredd and Anderson to emerge once more from the chaos, together to take on the Dark judges.

    • Yes, I always liked the idea of a movie that is actually about an existing franchise, but which doesn’t show any connection until like half through the story or even later.

      Like what if in “Event Horizon” at some point we found out that the ship had travelled to, say, Warhammer 40k’s Immaterium? Or if in a movie like Cloverfield we were revealed that the giant monster was a God from Cthulhu’s myths? Or if, in a Predator movie, we were shown a Xenomorph’s skull… oh wait! XD

      • Slow down there, DI.
        The movie does NEED to make money. You can’t just throw a whole heap of subject matter at the screen, to just see what sticks.

        Judge Dredd stands alone as a compelling franchise, that has a lot to say about the world WE live in.
        Mega City One is tiny oasis in a barren and infertile universe; much like planet Earth. The dangers of living in a world where there are constant conflicts between criminal anarchy and corporate tyranny, are very relevant today. The dichotomy of lawless chaos and reductive fascism, is a constant them that runs throughout Dredd’s world.

        There is SO MUCH to explore in Dredd’s world, that you don’t need to throw another 20 characters (+backstories & “mythologies”) at the screen together. It would serve to confuse your potential audience; meaning that many would probably not come, placing Dredd’s future in peril.

        Enjoy Dredd for the biting sharp, authoritive masterpiece, that he is.

        • The main idea I was trying to suggest was to market the movie as a stand-alone story, rather than something based on a comic book (while still keeping everything from the comic: characters, setting, etc.).

          The rest was just a bunch of random ideas concerning other movies. Nothing to do with Dredd.

          • I agree that there’s A LOT going on in Dredd’s world (despite having only read less than half of Case Files 05), so much that a movie has to focus on something very specific (as Urban’s movie did) or risk becoming a confused mess.

  26. Yup.
    Don’t insult fans’ intelligence, hijack the franchise for false purpose …nor condescend to an audience who probably know the material far better than you ever will!

  27. I’d LOVE to see a sequel to this film but I’m not holding my breath. Mainly because I know that when A film does mediocre or poor in the box office it USUALLY means that sequels are dead(or at least in limbo for A LONG Time) A good example of this was Rambo III and Rambo in 2008. Rambo III was in ’88 Rambo didn’t it wasn’t till 20 years later they released it’s sequel. Same for Indiana Jones and the Crystal sequel gap with The last crusade. So I think the sequel will happen it’ll just take time and since it’s box office was mediocre it’ll def be a while but whether it’ll be a gap like the films I suggested is questionable. The biggest reason I think the sequels will happen is viae people want to see one. And the studios can only ignore the public for so long.


    I am AMAZED at the number of people, who have never heard of it.

    I bought copies for friends and family, asking that (if they enjoy it) they should buy copies for one or more other people.

    The response is unanimous.

    None of them knew it existed.
    And they all love it.

    Hopefully, the message will sink in at the studio!