New ‘Dredd’ Poster & Images: Judgement is Coming

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Word is still out as to whether or not the Judge Dredd reboot Dredd is going to be a worthwhile endeavor. The cast looks promising, led by up-and-coming actor Karl Urban (RED, Star Trek) as the titular Judge Dredd, who will battle it out against Game of Thrones star, Lena Headey as a ruthless gang leader. Also along for the fun is under-the-radar actress, Olivia Thirlby (Juno, No Strings Attached), who will play Dredd’s young ward for a day of mayhem and bloodshed.

However, while the cast looks solid, director Pete Travis (Vantage Point) is a less encouraging sign for the film – and news that Travis walked from the project during post-production has been a big red flag on our radar.

Still, it can be said that in this rebooted version, Judge Dredd and the world of Mega City One he inhabits do look closer to the 2000 AD comic books that inspired the films. Safe to say: the 1995 Judge Dredd movie starring Sylvester Stallone was something of a departure from the source material. For one thing: Dredd is not the type of guy to remove his helmet – not even to show off a million-dollar movie star face (which, we can probably assume, he wouldn’t have in the first place). Thankfully, Urban has stated that he won’t be breaking from character in that fashion.

Check out the new Dredd images and poster, which debuted over at JoBlo, followed by a recently-released synopsis for the film:

The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.

During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture – a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute-turned-drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.

Dredd will be in theaters on September 21, 2012.

Source: Lionsgate



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  1. It is hard to find confidence with the Travis bailout and Garland takeover.
    Karl Urban has enormous potential as Dredd and hopefully it is realized.

    • Pete Travis didn’t bail and Alex Garland didn’t take over, that was an unsubstantiated and refuted story, and one I don’t believe was accurate. I have every faith in that this is going to be the ‘Judge Dredd’ movie we’ve waited 35 years for…

      • I hope you’re right on all counts ant this
        this was not another missed opportunity.

  2. Fingers crossed for this. The poster has really captured the gritty feel of the comics.

  3. Nice to hear the Dredd re-boot is underway after Stallone ‘massacred’ it aeons ago. Though, I must confess, the storyline doesn’t give me much confidence.

    • Actually i liked Stallones Film,
      this ones screenshots reminds me of RoboCop !

      • I was thinking the same thing.

        “Come quietly or there will be, . . . trouble”.

        • Except for Dredd it’s more…

          “Quietly or not, there will be trouble.”

          • Unless the judgement turns out to be ‘death’, then no trouble at all.

  4. Wasn’t it referred to as Dirty Harry meets District 9 at Canne’s? That could only be a good thing if you ask me. And that first image showing Mega City 1 looks awesome.

  5. Wasn’t this movie already filmed like two years ago? What’s the holdup?

    • Production wrapped on ‘Dredd’ back in late February 2011, and it was a solid year in post-production, with an original release date of March this year pushed back to September because March was already too crowded, got that?

  6. Looks awesome, I can’t wait. I just can’t understand all the hate and indifference this movie is getting though. It seems peeps are reluctant to bother reading any Judge Dredd comics and yet will slag them off and instantly shoot this project down.

    Sorry for the rant, but I’m just fed up with all the… “meh” and “It’s gonna bomb”…stuff. I swear people look forward to films failing.

    • I’m looking forward to it and hope for the best… But still i don’t expect too much ill take it for what it is. Ironically this is how I view most Stallone movies now… Hmm.

      • Yeah, I’m not expecting a massive success. I’m hoping it will be a really good film and possibly a cult hit that may gradually find it’s audience through word of mouth.

        • Possible sleeper hit

  7. I wouldn’t exactly say Karl Urban is an ‘up-and-coming’ actor, he’s been around a while, he was in part 2 and 3 of Lord of the Rings, The Chronicle’s of Riddick, DOOM, The Bourne Supremacy, etc…

    As an actor I quite like him, hope this turns out Okay.

    I think Timothy Olyphant would have been good in the part as well.

    • You forgot Star Trek. Yeah, he’s been around for a bit…

      • That was the etc… I didn’t want to list everything, just making a point that he’s not exactly the new kid on the block, which the story implies by ‘up-and-coming’.

  8. No Judge Death = no interest… just sayin.

    • You should be interested in this one, if it does well at the box-office and/or home release formats, the sequel will more than likely feature Judge Death… and that’s from John Wagner (Dredd’s co-creator, longtime writer, and consultant on the new film)! Plus, the new film’s screenwriter, Alex Garland, originally thought about Death for this one, but came to the right conclusion it wasn’t suitable for a first film, meaning once they’ve introduced the world of Dredd in this one, and if they get to do a sequel, then it’s highly likely Death will indeed be in it…

  9. The poster is awesome.

    I don’t know much about the comics, still I hope this movie turns out to be a hard hitting great action movie.

  10. the marketing on this film is nearly ZERO. i find it hard to believe that it’ll make any money like that.

  11. I can’t tell from the dark stills but it looks like they’ve taken all color out of the uniform and just made it a black armored suit.

  12. Never mind. The last image has some color but they’ve muted it a bit. As long as he has his funky golden eagle.

    • Sorry, see the 2nd image, no massive shining gold eagle.

      …I’m still seeing this!!

  13. Karl Urban is awesome. He will forever be Éomer to me. It’s pretty cool to see his versatility, going from things like LOTR and Pathfinder to Star Trek. He’s pretty charismatic.

    Unfortunately, that’s not enough to make a film great. I reallllly hope that the writing is solid and worthwhile in this film. It’s all to easy for a film to leave its potential unfulfilled due to weak writing.

  14. The correct spelling is judgment. Sorry, I had to be that guy. Anyways, I agree, there is absolutely no marketing for this film whatsoever. Regardless, I can not wait for this movie!

  15. Both are correct actually. Sorry I had to be that guy.

    • Take a glance in the dictionary buddy. I never meant my original comment to be condescending towards the writers. It was late when I posted & it meant to be informative. But thanks for the comment.

      • “Judgment” is the American spelling, whilst both “Judgment” and “Judgement” are correct in English (both spellings are in the English dictionary). Most things nowadays are in Americanized-English overseas. For example the spell-check on this site keeps telling me I’m spelling “colour, honour, armour” etc… wrong when I’m not, it’s just America drop their “U’s” in many of our words.

        Also an English billion is a hell of a lot more than an American one. I guess some powerful people weren’t happy being millionaires so they changed the rules. ^-^

  16. Depends on whether you’re American or British. Even then its technical. Also in British English, judgement is used in a non-legal sense and judgment in a legal sense. But this isn’t the forum.

    I know you didn’t mean to, Matt, but it does tend to distract from the discourse at hand.

    • Oops. Didn’t notice you’d already covered it. :)

      • Then I stand corrected. I only mentioned it because this site told me I was spelling it wrong. Then it did the same when I opened Word. Finally, I checked the & it didn’t acknowledge it. I’m sorry :)

  17. Man this ROCKS!

    So gritty, bloody, violent and unrelenting!

    ANd stunning cinematography. Beautiful!