Karl Urban On ‘Dredd’ Sequel: ‘It’s Up To The Fans’

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Karl Urban as Judge Dredd Karl Urban On Dredd Sequel: Its Up To The Fans

2012′s Dredd was an attempt to reboot the cult-favorite character who originated in the British science fiction anthology 2000 A.D. In 1995, Sylvester Stallone starred as the helmeted dispenser of justice in a dystopian, seemingly post-apocalyptic future, who acted as judge, jury and executioner on the spot. While that movie remains a camp-tastic guilty pleasure, the Karl Urban-starring remake adopted the far darker, hyper-violent tone of the comics.

The film failed to catch on with the general movie-going public despite proving to be quite an excellent comic-book action flick. It’s total worldwide box office gross was about $32 million, on a $50 million budget. It’s surprising success on DVD and Blu-Ray (selling up to 650,000 copies, “making it the best-selling new release title of the year,” according to a press release at the time), seemed to reignite new hope for a sequel. In fact, there is a Facebook page clambering for a second entry, along with a related petition officially sanctioned by 2000 A.D. (Click here to view the petition.)

Dredd was released on home video over six months ago, but no official word on a sequel has been heard despite its post-theatrical release success. Star Karl Urban hasn’t given up hope, however. While at Comic-Con 2013 to help promote his upcoming Fox series Almost Human, Urban voiced his belief that it’ll only happen if the fans want it badly enough, saying:

“The more people that campaign for it, the more people that email, Twitter, write-in to Lionsgate saying ‘we want to see more of this,’ then the more likelihood we will get to see it; we’re certainly doing everything we can to make sure it happens.”

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On paper, Dredd seemed to be a safe bet: Urban stole his scenes as Dr. McCoy in the rebooted Star Trek, this project promised the prospect of the always-popular gritty reboot, and it even featured Game of Thrones star Lena Headey as the main villain, a twisted, drug-dealing matriarch. Also, the film would keep to the core of the source material, in which Judge Dredd never once removes his helmet.

It’s interesting to note that star Urban and writer Alex Garland (The Beach, 28 Days Later) were actively discussing their sequel ideas up until the film’s release – everyone behind Dredd really seemed to think they had a big hit on their hands. Garland talked about a potential trilogy, which could include pivotal comic-book villains like the Dark Judges (undead former Judges so extreme in their world-view that all of humanity needs to be eradicated due to living humans’ potential to commit crimes) and the murderous tyrannosaurus rex Satanus.

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So how likely is this? Searching Twitter for #dredd, #dreddsequel and #dredd2 does yield a good number of hits, especially during the past few days, and some reports from last month have the Dredd DVD spiking in Amazon sales when the sequel rumors started flying. Judging (ahem) by Urban’s plea to fans, no one has given him a contract to sign yet, though.

Still, such strong home video sales point toward the steady building of a cult audience – and it’s a world which deserves some expansion, especially considering Urban’s interest in seeing Dredd take to exile in response to his character’s disillusionment in the “big lie,” namely that the Judges are doing what’s best for humanity.

What about you, Screen Ranters? Did you like Dredd and would you like to see a sequel? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. First of all, DREDD did not have a $50m budget it had a $35m budget and it didn’t make $32m worldwide it made $42m worldwide… but what’s a few million between friends, right?

    Considering the fact that DREDD has far exceeded any and all expectations on it’s ancillary sales run so far, and that the powers-that-be now know there’s a very considerable fanbase that didn’t exist last year when it was released theatrically, a sequel with a relatively risk-free $40m budget (minus the unnecessary and costly 3-D this time around) could be a viable commercial prospect.

    And if that works out well, onto the third film… featuring the Dark Judges… and that’s where I’m looking to…

  2. We want Dredd sequel please!!!

  3. Yes this reboot was far better than the original. An I am a big Stallone fan but I absolutley loved this version better. So yes make a sequel.

  4. I was so close to watching this on theaters but it didn’t stay on for very long; I regret not having supported it because it totally kicked ass.
    I would love a sequel.

  5. Great movie. Loved how helmet never came off.

  6. This needs to happen. I’m actually surprised that the budget of the first was only 50 million given the amazing product they produced. Since the recent surge in 3D films, Dredd has been the only one that really did something amazing and artistic with it, (that I’ve seen,) in fact most 3D films with 3 times the budget never even come close, and are sometimes LITERALLY painful to watch, and/or the 3D is so unnoticeable it’s rendered completely pointless. I feel sorry for anyone who didn’t see the movie in the theater and doesn’t have a 3D TV, but really the high DVD/BR sales just go to show how great of a film it is even despite the quality of it’s 3D.

  7. Great to see a grittier version of Dredd on the big screen. Hoping that it get a sequel to develop more of his story line. A really good character for film in the midst of all the other comic book movies going on in the last 10 years.

  8. Ahhh yes a sequel is most definitely due for this one no doubt!

  9. Actually, I think branding this a “comic book” movie hurt it. The marketing should have focused on post-apocalyptic/dystopian and sci-fi. Comic fans already know it is a comic book, so they didn’t need to be told. But non comic book fans hear “comic book movie” and they expect Superman, Captain America or some other easily recognizable figure.

    As an example, The Walking Dead is never marketed as a comic book show to the wider audience. Most people have no idea it is even based on a comic book (and don’t care.) They want apocalypse and zombie. There are several other non-super hero comics that also have ignored their comic book roots to greater success.

    • The problem is that they didn’t really brand it as a comic book movie and the non-initiated associated it with the 90s movie. They thought it was gonna be a bad reboot of a bad movie.

  10. Lol, this movie was terrible. I remember getting up to use the bathroom during that scene where Dredd shoved that one lady off the balcony. Then, after buying myself some more Swedish Fish I hurried back to my seat because I didn’t want to miss anything important, but the lady was STILL falling in super slow-mo! But the worst part is when she finally hit the ground, that was the end of the movie! No epic final gun battle, no nothing. The big action set piece to end the movie was an armored cop shoving an unarmed woman down the stairs. What is the sequel going to do to top that? Have Dredd shove a guy in a wheelchair off a rooftop in super slo-mo? Maybe he can kick an old man’s walker out from under him and throw him into a vat of acid.

    • you must be a troll, or do you really want every action movie to end in exactly the same way?

    • While I don’t agree with your comments, they are funny as all get out.

  11. All this talk about Dredd, I just watched it again, and damn, that’s one bad ass movie…

  12. Yes! Without a doubt!!! Dredd was ALOT better than Judge Dredd (1996). Karl Urban did an amazing job as Judge Dredd.

  13. Yes we want a Dredd sequel!

  14. Help yeah!

  15. I don’t get bore watching the reboot so yes a sequel is in order with a bigger plot hopefully.

  16. Outstanding film. Dark, gritty, true to the source material, just outstanding. Strong performances from the whole cast helped a lot as well. I loved it. I’m buying the DVD. I’m part of the Facebook movement. I want to see more.

  17. where do we become vocal about it? coz i’m sure in for a sequel.

  18. Yes, please!!

  19. I have yet to c dredd but I hear its great entertainment and great fun so I say bring on the sequel

  20. I loved the Dredd reboot. Please make a sequel to this.

  21. Loved Stallone in Dredd. Loved Urban too. Will always love Dredd. Heck yeah one more please.

  22. Sequel?

    Do not do anything Judge Death related. It won’t work.

    Block Mania or Mega Mania into Orlock the assassin. Maybe begin with the end of Mega Mania and get to hunt Orlock the assassin.

    Cursed Earth, again a bit patchy in places.

    Democracy/America would possibly the most excellent story line to reach for.

  23. After the Stallone disaster I had very low expectations, but Dredd 3D was one of the best films I saw last year. Would love to see a sequel that explores the Mega City/Dredd universe, but I very much doubt that the dark judges could make the transition from comics to screen. In my opinion there are loads of other characters and stories from the comics that would probably work a lot better and make more sense to people who never read the source material.

  24. I would very much like a sequel. The first time that I saw this picture I thought, “Um, what”. But then I watched it a second time and really enjoyed it. I like the interaction between Judge Dredd and the new recruit.

  25. I grew up with Dredd right from issue 2 of 200AD. This movie, and Karl Urban in particular, absolutely nailed Dredd. The tone, the mood, Dredd’s grumpy nature – everything. I’d love to see Karl Urban get a 2nd run-out in a bigger budget Dredd film. I probably agree that the comic book tag turned off some potential customers, but it was always going to have that tag – it is what it is… but there are a lot of different types of “comics” out there.

  26. I absol;utely Love this movie and would love to see “sequels” Karl Urban was so bad ass and i can’t remember her name but the blonde sidekick was also really bad ass I hope they do make a sequel

  27. One of the best kick-ass movies for a long time. Please make a sequel.

  28. Oh, it’s up to me? Then I vote “yes” on a Dredd sequel.

  29. Dang I hope it gets a sequel. Karl nailed it.