Karl Urban Says that ‘Dredd’ Sequel is ‘Not Off the Agenda’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated September 8th, 2014 at 6:56 am,

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Dredd (3D) is an adaptation of the Judge Dredd comic book series – and reboot of the movie franchise started by the Sylvester Stallone vehicle released in 1995 – that, unfortunately, bombed at the box office despite receiving generally rock-solid reviews (like ours). The bloody action genre flick has found a larger audience on the home video circuit, but producer Adi Shankar has voiced his doubts that it will be enough to pave the way for a full-length sequel to happen; though, a hard-boiled short film spinoff (a la the Punisher short “Dirty Laundry”) is not out of the question.

Karl Urban has been taking press questions about a theatrically-released Dredd followup, during the promotions for Star Trek Into Darkness (read our review) over the past few weeks. Surprisingly, he’s not only proven to be more optimistic in his appraisal of the situation, but the actor has also indicated that key personnel on the Judge Dredd reboot – specifically, he and screenwriter Alex Garland – have been discussing the idea, and what it would need to become a reality.

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Here’s what Urban offered Collider, on the subject of a Dredd sequel:

“Interestingly enough, I did have breakfast with Alex Garland this morning.  It’s not off the agenda.  Clearly everyone has woken up to the fact that an audience has found this movie and loves it.  It’s entirely possible, and if people want to see another installment then they should be vocal about that, because, it can happen.  The power of fandom can resurrect projects.  In fact, that’s what happened with Star Trek.  They weren’t going to do a third season until fans did a letter writing campaign and they continued that series.”

When our Amy Nicholson spoke with Urban recently, he likewise indicated that Dredd‘s cult following has become large (and vocal) enough to get the attention of the people needed to get the ball rolling on a followup. Obviously, money speaks louder than words in Hollywood; however, the fact that Dredd claimed the number one spot on the DVD and Blu-ray sales charts when it became available in those formats – despite grossing only $35 million worldwide in theaters on a $50 million budget (not including marketing costs) – means that the fanbase is, indeed, putting their money where their mouths are.

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Garland has previously expressed his desire for a deeper exploration of Mega City One’s political structure in a sequel that leads into additional installments; that could set the stage for an appearance by The Dark Judges (among other iconic Judge Dredd characters) in a third Dredd movie, in what the screenwriter has described as his “film-trilogy daydream.” Clearly, Garland has put a reasonable amount of thought into how to further develop the Dredd universe in a sequel (and beyond); that’s despite it being little more than a pipe dream, for now.

Then again, the same could’ve been said about Chronicles of Riddick filmmaker David Twohy and lead Vin Diesel’s hopes for a third installment in that grisly sci-fi franchise (which also features Urban) for many years – and yet, their devotion to the cause will pay off when Riddick opens in theaters in September. If Urban and Garland prove to be equally willing to keep beating the drum for Dredd 2 (and the fans remain committed), then who knows, right?


Are you still hoping for a sequel to Dredd? Let us know in the comments section.

Source: Collider

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  1. Bring it on! A trilogy would be awesome!

  2. A trilogy would be awesome!

  3. Hate to be a spammer but join the fb campaign if you wanna a sequel heres the link https://www.facebook.com/MakeADreddSequel

  4. Bring on the sequel!

  5. Want a sequel so bad, and a trilogy would just be icing.

  6. Yes, yes, yes.

  7. This isn’t just Alex Garland’s film trilogy daydream. Dredd was one of the most awesome action/science fiction films in years and a perfect adaptation of the comics. I would be thrilled to see a sequel or two from the same team. The sequels Garland has described sound really interesting, and I have no doubts that he would be able to pull them off. Dredd has obviously found a serious following on home video and future films in this series just have so much potential for further success.

    I wouldn’t say no to a short film, but this series deserves so much more.

    • Completely agree!

  8. Why does everything have to be a trilogy these days? I have been reading Judge Dredd since I was about 5, over 20 years on and i’m still an avid fan. There’s so much backstory in there you can easily get as many movies as fans want to see. There’s the dark Judges, The Cursed Earth, The angel gang, Raptaur, the fatties, the muties, Judge Minty (there’s a short fan film of that on youtube check it out!) The ABC warriors, Fergie, Judge Cal an so much much more. (I could actually go on all day.) Now obviously i’m not saying they should make a movie for everything, that would be ridiculous i’m just pointing out there’s so much to draw on they can go beyond a mere 3 films and still keep it fresh and interesting.

    • Because it’s fits into a 3 act film-structure better than a duology and it’s less work than a tetralogy. Not everyone wants to commit a large chunk of their careers to one thing. 3 is a nice compromise.

  9. Yeah !!! I loved the Dredd movie, powerfull, well played, perfectly directed, and a bit realistic,
    Bring it back, with more outdoor action’s sequences and a third one with Judges Death, this would be AWESOME !!

  10. One of the best movies!!!
    I love the action and uncompromisingness of this character ‘Dredd’!
    There could be a lot more action in mega city 1.
    Make a Dredd-Trilogy!!!
    …or more!

  11. Well, I enjoyed the Dredd movie- not the 3D version. And I think if they have enough to run on, then they need explore possibilities. But, they should make sure it’s well-written and produced in order to shake off any preconceived notions about reboots and sequels. Take your time and make it shine! I’ll come see it.

  12. I’d love to see the dark judges on film!!!

  13. “Are you still hoping for a sequel?”..HELL YES!! Could be a new franchise to rival James Bond!! By the way the 3D was probably the best I’ve seen.

  14. http://www.facebook.com/MakeADreddSequel

    11,000 likes already!

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  15. Please… PLEASE bring sequels to Dredd 3D !!

  16. Dredd 2 Would be awesome!!


  18. I’m down for a second Dredd. Urban was awesome as Judge Dredd Marketing should have been handled better as NONE of the movie theaters where I live had Dredd which pissed me off, since I WANTED to see the movie in theaters and instead had to wait until it came out on dvd. I was Bummed about that.

  19. bring it on!! sequel FTW (( thumbs up ))

    a crowd funding campaign would be great.. sadly, it would only cover part of the budget, but hey, every bit counts, no??

  20. This adaptation of Dredd and the world he inhabits was so close to what I grew up experiencing through the pages of 2000AD that I left the cinema with a springin my step and a HUGE grin on my face. I was so deflated upon hearing it had bombed in the box office and a sequel was highly unlikely, this news that we may get a Dredd 2 (if we push for it) has brightened my day immensely. As with others I would love to see Joseph go up against the Angel gang (the only thing worth mentioning from the ballsed up Stalone attempt) and Sidney and the boys (dark judges to non fan boys). There are so many stories from the 2000AD to be told that a TV series would be a great idea once we have had our trilogy.

  21. Give us a sequel.

    No more to be said. Just make it happen. Nowish.