‘Dredd 2′ Update: Karl Urban Says ‘Conversations’ Are Happening

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 25th, 2014 at 4:58 pm,

Judge Dredd 2 Sequel Update Dredd 2 Update: Karl Urban Says Conversations Are Happening

As fans of comic book properties bristle at the notion of any change, updating, reimagining, or reinterpretation without studios seeming to hear, the makers of Dredd did things differently. In short, they took the “Judge Dredd” comic book and adapted it as faithfully as any fan could hope, with over the top violence, a colossal body count, and an unchanging hero without a face.

The end result was considered by many to be one of the more cohesive comic book films of the past ten years (read our review), and thanks to a tragically mismanaged marketing campaign, a financial flop. It seemed that despite the stage being set for a story-driven franchise, the chance of a sequel was all but dead. Now, Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) himself claims the studio has yet to kill the project, with its cult following a major influence in keeping hope alive.

At the Destination Star Trek event held in in Frankfurt, Germany (hat tip to WhatCulture), Karl Urban was on hand to field questions for his part in J.J. Abrams’ rebooted science fiction franchise. As testament to just how much of a cult film Dredd has already become, one of the first questions posed to him was not about Trek, but about whether there had been any progress on the notion of a Dredd sequel. Urban stopped short of saying that the odds were better or worse than when he last claimed he’d made his enthusiasm to Lionsgate clear, and would rely on fans to make their desires known as well.

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However, Urban did explain that “conversations” were taking place – language he hasn’t used in the past – but the actor’s offhand comments surrounding that update are more telling. For starters, Urban said what we’ve been saying since the film first released: that the studio completely fumbled its marketing and theatrical arrival. Urban went on to say that despite an underwhelming box office take that had seemed to kill any chance of a sequel, the DVD sales have continued to impress – and Lionsgate has taken notice.

Urban’s comments are well short of the encouragement that fans no doubt hope for, but his vocal support of the claim that Lionsgate’s marketing is to blame for the film’s struggle (producer Adi Shankar admitted its title of Dredd 3D made it sound like a gimmick) is a good sign. Until now, fans of the film could only hope that Dredd‘s home video sales would send a message to the studio, and Urban implies they’ve heard it loud and clear.

There’s no question that the person most likely talking off ears at Lionsgate is writer/producer Alex Garland, the main creative force behind Dredd and the loudest supporter of a sequel. Garland has gone on record stating that he already has a story idea for a trilogy in place, hoping to delve into the fact that the titular Judge is a supremely fascist figure, yet a hero all the same. Take a quick look at armed revolutions around the world, and Dredd offers a commentary few comics attempt – even if it is shrouded in a storm of lead and gore.

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No matter how long Lionsgate takes to realize that they’re sitting on a movie franchise all but destined for cult status (Urban stated before release that it would be a cult classic “instantly), the success of Dredd is good for comic fans everywhere. It remains one of the few films adapted from the medium that wasn’t watered-down to appeal to a young audience, instead courting fans of adult action – an audience it has since found.

If Lionsgate shows that they can make that approach work in an increasingly kid-friendly genre, could the chances of seeing a truly R-rated Deadpool or Daredevil rise? Forgive us for our optimism, but with Urban’s star continuing to rise, a Dredd sequel isn’t out of the question just yet.

What do you think of Dredd 2‘s chances? Is the R-rated comic book space one that you feel could truly succeed, or will comic book movies only appeal to studios if they can appeal to every age? Share your thoughts in the comments.


We’ll keep you up to date on any Dredd 2 news as it arrives.

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  1. I personally loved Dredd. Hope this happens! It was a nice, well contained story. I can imagine a sequel would be pretty good.

    • Urban knocked it out as Dredd, and Judge Anderson is super cute, so definitely want to see more of that, lol. In all seriousness though, Anderson’s character was actually really good. She started out the nervous rookie, but by the end of the movie she was a true bad-ass, even standing up to Dredd himself. I really would like to see a sequel with the two of them taking out bad guys.

  2. YES!! Do it! I loved the first dredd and would be in line opening day for the sequel..

    • I agree.

    • @thomas
      Tho I might not agree, I love your enthusiasm. Yes please, another Dredd!

  3. i’ll take Yes for $1000 Alex

  4. I have to be honest, I didn’t see Dredd in theaters (the marketing campaign didn’t really appeal to me, despite the fact that I like 3d movies) and after hearing the rave reviews on here I did check it out and it was very enjoyable. I’ve been meaning to pick up the 3d blu ray, I’m gunna jump on that so I can do my little part to voice support! I like Karl Urban and he definitely has become a bigger star since.

  5. Make it happen!

  6. Well, I was at the cinema on UK release, again when it released in the US weeks later and have seen it on DVD and TV maybe 30 times since and it still holds up as the best movie I saw in 2012 by a long, long margin (the others if you’re interested are, in order, TDKR, TASM, Life Of Pi, Prometheus, The Avengers).

    Exciting news if this happens and it would definitely help pave the way for future comic book movies that manage to be humourous as well as brutal and stunning in every department (writing, acting, visuals).

    As long as it leads to an adaption of the “America” storyline and then the Dark Judges, I’m all for it.

    I am the law!

  7. Sounds good to me I thought the first one was a great action flick I say bring it on. :)

  8. I only recently saw Dredd for the first time, but it instantly made a huge fan of me, and I would be more than willing to support a sequel. Heck, I’d contribute to a Kickstarter campaign; I should go buy a DVD of it in lieu of that, I guess.

    One of the best comic/sci-fi/action films in years. Definitely deserves another spin.

  9. yes yes yes! I hope this isn’t just a ruse and it’s seriously being considered. I really don’t think there’s a sequel that I think is more deserved and EARNED than this one. So many movies drop a stupid sequel just because the first film made some bank at the movies and they are horrible i.e. Hangover II and III, 21 Jump Street (2), Speed 2, Transformers II, Jurassic Park III, etc. None of these movies “deserved” to be made, they are all examples of pure studio gluttony and in some case, wasted talent.

    Dredd 2 would be an awesome movie, I have no doubt.

  10. I ****ing loved Dredd! Loved it! It was one of the most entertaining surprises of 2012. I didn’t have high hopes for it and because of that, I didn’t see it in theatres.

    It was a true blood comic movie. What’s best about it is its replay value.

    To give it some weight, Dredd was infinitely better than: Prometheus, The Dark Knight Rises, John Carter, and The Bourne Legacy to name just a few. All movies that were destined to blow it out of the water… and they didn’t.

    Dredd was in every way more coherent, focused, powerful, and energizing than any of the above.

    Make a ****ing sequel equally as good as the original, -3D.

    • John Carter? Odd to reference that one in this case. I think that John Carter is very similar to Dredd – different types of films, but I loved both of them, and they both struck out financially, basically breaking even with their production budgets.

      I agree that Dredd was better than Prometheus (which I liked), The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, The Hobbit, and almost every other film that has made big money in the last 2 or 3 years. Even compared to The Avengers, I would give Dredd a higher critical score. (And I would say the same thing if substituting John Carter for Dredd.)

      • I dunno, I saw John Carter on TV and found it to be boring, way too long, the ending made no sense and the writing and acting was atrocious on all counts. The only positive it had going for it was Mark Strong.

        John Carter rightfully deserved its flop status.

  11. I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. I didn’t see the first Dredd in theaters because I thought the trailers for it and everything just sucked. I didn’t think it looked good at all. I watched it later on and immediately regretted not seeing it in theaters since I heard it didn’t perform well. Dredd was one of my biggest surprises of 2012, and winded up making my top 10 list for that year it was so good. So, I’ve said this before, if they make a Dredd 2 you can be certain I will make sure to go see this one in theaters to show my support. Glad to hear this is possibly happening!

    • That’s the thing, the trailers in the UK weren’t very good either (used that “Going In For The Kill” song by La Roux and didn’t represent the movie well at all) but having grew up reading 2000AD and Judge Dredd Megazine in the first half of the 90s, I just had to go see the film regardless because my gut instinct told me I wouldn’t regret it.

      My gut instinct hasn’t been wrong since it first grabbed my attention way back when and that makes me extremely glad.

  12. Loved Dredd and hope they make plenty more. Urban is perfectly cast, and the creative team’s unflinching approach I believe is what saved this film from oblivion.

    Memo to Sony and Fox: stick to faithful, well-made comic book adaptions and we’ll support you no matter what.

  13. I am about a hair’s breadth from having a reaction like “The Foaming Mouth Guy” from Avatar the Last Airbender.

  14. I am up for jd2!

    • I mentioned this around this time last year to the Make A Dredd Sequel campaign (just before 2000AD themselves joined it) and apparently, the guy running the campaign had contacted all movie websites and had the support of Empire and a few others but Screen Rant apparently ignored it.

      I won’t even take a guess as to why because I know very little from the nugget of info I was given but I’d assume Rob, Kofi or maybe even Vic will come into this at some point and explain why (probably the whole “we’re trying to remain independent and not get involved in things like the campaign, which is wholly justified for journalistic neutrality).

  15. Urban is a terrific actor with greats screen presence.

    I loved Dredd (Urban’s version) but I would love to see him take on something that is a step up in his career. I am just not sure that Dredd 2 is a vehicle for that.

    On the other hand paying work is better than no work.

    • He would have been an insanely good choice to play Batman in this next movie, but oh well, that boat has sailed…

      • I agree…WB screwed the pooch casting Affleck.

  16. Can not wait! (Dredd was a great surprise, I would be happy to see a sequel.)

  17. As one of six people sitting in the theater in Hong Kong to watch it, I loved it. Bought the DVD and watched it on Netflix more than a couple of times. A well-put together action movie with substance as well as style. Solid on all counts just with atrocious marketing.

    One suggestion: make sure to find the facebook group for a Dredd Sequel on Facebook (linked to in a few screen rant articles, but surprisingly NOT this one). They give tons more updates and it’s another great way in addition to buying DVD’s and driving the Netflix counts to contribute.

    “You look ready Rook”

  18. Dredd was great, I heard of it (in France) when it arrived on bluray and really enjoyed it, even if the plot was a bit ripped off The Raid, but hey, it was just the basics.

    • the Raid ripped Dredd off, when the script of Dredd was leaked online the year before .. Dredd was filmed before The Raid , but was in production with VFX for a long time
      thanks for the heads up.!

      • I’m so glad I didn’t have to type that. That’s what I usually end up having to do.

    • Aaaaand there’s the inevitable Raid comment.

      • Yep, well, at least this guy didn’t come in here guns blazing about how Dredd sucks because it’s just a rip-off and what-not…

        • This is true. It’s just that eye-rolling moment when you encounter it on every single Dredd or Raid-related thread this far down the line, even to the point of people trying to joke that there’s no point to The Raid 2 because the first one already got a sequel called Dredd etc etc.

          • It’s alright, one of my favorite activities is trolling the trolls. So I make it a point to go to every article about the Raid and make the exact opposite (the more accurate) accusation. I make the same comments on purpose except with the movies switched, like how The Raid doesn’t need a sequel because it was already a rip-off sequel to Dredd, lol.

            • Good one, I might try that!

  19. Y E S .

    D R E D D
    S E Q U E L
    P L Z ! ! ! ! !

  20. Fantastic news!
    Really hope a sequel happens, Dredd was a fantastic film and deserves a second shot! :-)

  21. Really LOVED this movie and was lucky to see it in its theatrical release. Wow first 3D movie I’ve ever seen .. went back X 8 times
    +bought the digital formats…… i would like to see much more from a Prequel to minimum 2 sequels
    Urban rocks as Dredd
    beats judge Stallonie hands down …………………………
    id like Dredd to be a bit more physical beating down perps with his daystick locking them up on holding posts to be collected +muties, eldsters classic tv shows form the MEG umpty Candy , Boing(r) agrodomes, Otto Sumps illegal sugar AEROball with the Harlem heroes,Artie Gruber and the constant deluge of people in the city ,Maxx Normal, Walter the wobot ,the robot wars + revolution … MORE MORE MORE . just get it sorted

    • Dredd’s storyline and production design were dialled-back versions of the comic due to the lack of budget, so any of the more outlandish elements would be a problem for any sequel not just from a financial point of view, but also in terms of how you’d incorporate them convincingly into this more “prototype” Mega-City One. I think that goes for the Dark Judges at this stage as well, unfortunately.

    • We had a prequel comic just after the UK cinema release showing how Ma-Ma rose to power.

      We also have a psuedo-sequel comic called Underbelly which had its pre-orders sell out within minutes. I think they’re on the 3rd editions now due to its popularity.

  22. A Dredd trilogy, hell yes!

  23. Good news. It’s an extremely long shot, but at least someone in the food chain appears to be acknowledging the botched marketing and release pattern.

  24. Stop conversing, make it happen! Even if Almost Human needs to be cancelled so that Urban has the time to shoot the movie. It will probably be cancelled anyway…

  25. Here is how the conversations should have gone:

    Lionsgate exec: “We’re thinking about making a sequel to Dredd, you in?”

    Karl Urban: “Yup.”

    Lionsgate exec: “Cool. Here’s a blank cheque, go nuts.”

    Karl Urban: “I am the Law!”

    • you sir…just made me actually laugh out loud for reals! that was the best post of the week. take a bow.

  26. I’d like to see a Dredd sequel, it would be a shame not to make one since they did a good job setting everything up. The marketing on it was horrible tho and made it looked like it was just a rip off of the Raid with Judge Dredd, in 3D. Hopefully if there’s a second Dredd they’ll do a better job on the marketing this time and don’t waste money on needless 3D conversion.

    • “DREDD” wasn’t converted. It was filmed in 3D.