Judge Dredd Film Shooting this Fall

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The long-rumored Judge Dredd reboot is set to start shooting this fall in Johannesburg.

According to the film’s press release, Reliance BIG Pictures will finance the $45 million title, which will be directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point) for DNA Films – and released in 3D.

Alex Garland (28 Days Later) is writing the Judge Dredd script treatment – and will share production credits with Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich, who have produced films including 28 Days Later28 Weeks Later, and Sunshine.

John Wagner, who shares co-creator credit for the Judge Dredd character (and has a creative consultant position on the new film) offered his thoughts on Dredd’s next installment:

“Alex Garland’s script is faithful to the original concept that made Judge Dredd a favourite bad-ass hero. It’s a high-octane slay ride through the dark underbelly of the vast future city. A fan pleaser. With their track record, I have every faith in Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich.”

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Garland appears to have a solid handle on the tone of the franchise, something lacking in Stallone’s Judge Dredd adaptation:

“I grew up reading Judge Dredd. The incredible writers and artists of 2000 AD were formative influences on me. Andrew, Allon and I have developed this adaptation of Judge Dredd with an emphasis on adrenaline and realism, but with all the scale and spectacle of Mega-City One. We think Pete’s propulsive, edgy style is a perfect match for the project.”

Garland helped revitalize zombie films, so why not Judge Dredd? It’s good to see the franchise being led by a group of filmmakers who are comfortable with getting their hands dirty and uninterested in compromising their vision.

The original Dredd suffered greatly because of compromises in the adaptation process. The film was shooting for a PG-13 rating, and despite ultimately accepting an R rating, it still lacked the heavy tone of the comic-book world (not to mention a worthy adversary for Dredd).

Of course, the most egregious compromise was making the title character go helmetless – simply because Stallone was underneath.

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You betrayed the law!

A lesser-known comic-book property like Judge Dredd is at a greater risk for losing sight of itself in the adaptation process, as studios strip out the essentials of what made the character so interesting in the first place – just to market the film to the same comic book audience foaming at the mouth for a new Iron Man. If Dredd is going to be remade, it’s important that the filmmakers are fans of the comic, so it’s reassuring to see Wagner on board as a creative consultant – though, I can’t remember the co-creator having reservations about Stallone’s Dredd at the time either.

No casting details have been announced at this point – but with a Fall start date, an announcement should be en route soon.

What do you think of the direction of the Judge Dredd reboot? Who should step into the helmeted head of Judge Dredd?

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  1. in my opnion i think it should be a realative new comer

    • It is a newcomer and someone I never heard of before.
      TMZ said an Aussie called Steve Innes was the most recent prospect looked at and there has been no more word on anyone else being considered so perhaps this guy is it.
      I googled him and he could actually be good for this – He is about 40 and looks a lot like Russell Crowe when he was in his prime about a ecade ago, certainly not now.
      Also, he lives in Perth on the west coast so is relatively close to Jo’Burg as it is literally the next big city to the west of Perth.
      A mere 8000 miles or so.

  2. I hope Sly makes a cameo… as a corpse under a blanket, or a body found in a dumpster, or a cadaver being gnawed on by a cute puppy.

  3. Not sure why, but I will predict Jason Statham’s phone to ring at any moment now…

    • The exact same thought came to my mind when I thought of who they’d get.

  4. I think this reboot is going to be good. UFC fighters are starting to act more like rampage jackson and randy couture so who knows?

  5. I quake in my boots. I grew up reading 2000 AD, and I know what made Judge Dredd such a lovable character. It was actually a campy, tongue-in-cheek, over the top kind of humor that made the character special.

    Funny quirks like how he never removed his helmet (one comic showed him showering with his helmet on) and how he was such a strict stickler for the law, that he used to arrest little boys for spitting chewing gum on the pavement.

    Even the gigantic tyres on his bike, hge shoulder pads and large boots sort of showed him as a cartoonishly exaggerated character- and as teenage boys, that’s what we loved.

    In other words, he was a bit of a parody, and there was a very witty humor about the comics that non hardcore fans will miss. Stallone’s atrocious version was obviously written by Hollywood types who knew nothing about the character- they thought it was all about violence and action.

    If the producers of this new adaptation think they can capture the essence of Dredd just by producing a gritty action movie, it will be a shame. Dredd was above all a character and story driven comic with a dark humor subtext. More like a Tarantino movie than Die Hard.

    I hope they get it right this time.

    • Well said.

  6. I know the Stallone movie adaptatioon of Dredd wasn’t popular or well recieved but you gotta admit, when he kep the helmet on he looked great as judge dread.

    • I agree. I love the books and I thought the movie was good. The sets and costumes were cool. Dredd’s suit stuck very well to the comic, unlike X-Men who everyone raves about. Armand Assante is a great actor and Stallone isn’t bad either. The ABC Robot was awesome. Max Von Sydow is amazing. The story and plot was good. The only thing I hated about it was Rob Schnieder.

      • I liked what they did with the Judge’s uniform. If you’ve seen the monstrosity Gianni Versace dreamed up originally, we got off lightly. The helmet was fine, and the all-in-one shoulder pads/badge unit made sense as a piece of strap-on body armour. The boots were good, but only Stallone was wearing the full-on built-up versions (can’t imagine why). Only Stallone had an eagle on one shoulder as well, for no adequately-explored reason. The suit needed to be leather, not spandex, though: that just didn’t look right.

        With you on Rob Schneider. It didn’t help that only a year or two before, he’d played a very similar character in Stallone’s Demolition Man. Robocop had already stolen a lot of Dredd’s thunder, but DM was the real nail in the coffin; it actually did the “satire on a dystopian future” thing far better than the Dredd movie – much closer to the Dredd comics, ironically.

        • Oh yeah, anyone else notice the senior Judges were wearing motorbike boot shin guards as shoulder pads?

  7. 1) same as source 2) an unknown

  8. Saw the movie was never into the comic. Thought it could have used more humor what it did have in that area made it better and I shall dare say shine a little. But then all that glitters isn’t Gold is it? Close up of the Stallion lip? I think I know where your sympathies lie…

  9. Gee, let me see.

    Sam Worthington as Dredd?

    Just for a change.

  10. LOL EngraverKev!
    That was a good one!!! 8-O
    Perfect timing on this film. A police state is really what we all want, right?
    I’ve heard “rumors” that the film is a prequel, and revolves around a villain that leaves suspicious packages in major cites. He’s never caught (leaves it open for the sequel) but in his wake, a National Police State is imposed to prevent these packages from evacuating tourist attractions and interrupting important tv shows like American Idol and Lost. Whewww!
    Its pretty hardcore stuff, and co stars Wolf Blitzer, and Rush Limbooh.

    Again just a rumor?
    I don’t see how they could make that believable anyways.


    • Blimey, I hope that is a rumour, or that’d mean John Wagner was making his statement tied up in a basement with a shotgun to his head, having had LSD injected into his eyeballs…

  11. John Wagner might not have been too vocal back then, but his co-writer Alan Grant – not known for suffering fools gladly – was voicing doubts a year before the movie was released. After he saw it, Grant said:

    “The story wasn’t good enough. It came over like they’d read through a pile of back Progs of 2000AD, taken bits from each of them and stuck them all together without rhyme or reason. The best thing about it was Chris Halls’ Mean Machine and the Hammerstein robot. The visuals were great but Sly Stallone was not the right guy to play Judge Dredd. I’d rather have seen Bruce Forsyth play the part because he has the chin for it.”

    For non-UK residents, Bruce Forsyth is an 82-year-old game show host.

    They have to get Mega-City One right. It’s as much a part of the story as Dredd himself. The production designer at the time made some excuse about every artist in the comics drawing it differently and there’s no characteristic style blah blah… BEEHIVE BUILDINGS, you idiot. What was your problem with that? Much as I didn’t care for The Fifth Element, the city in that movie was exactly how I’d like to have seen MC1 portrayed: the sheer lunatic scale of it. Even Jean-Paul Gaultier’s equally mad costumes were much closer to how the citizens should have looked in the Dredd movie.

    I’m still 50-50 about Alex Garland. I liked 28 Days Later and Sunshine (despite the latter crapping out massively towards the end), but his original novel of The Beach was useless – like a cheap knock-off of JG Ballard’s Rushing To Paradise from a couple of years before. Being a fan of the comic is no guarantee of anything. Danny Cannon was and look where that got him: I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and CSI.

    • In fact, what’s wrong with getting Wagner and Grant to write it?

  12. That looks very promising, I’m pretty sure they’ll have a decent budget but will be more creative then the pop cornish goofy IRON MAN 2. The last Dredd movie was pretty good, didn’t have enough budget but all money was well spent. The only thing was that Dredd never removes his helmet.
    Although it was almost removed once when he was fighting the Russians in the comic.