‘Dredd’ Picked Up By Lionsgate

Published 3 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:46 pm,

Dredd picked up by Lionsgate Dredd Picked Up By Lionsgate

Karl Urban will don metallic gold shoulder pads, heavy armor, and a red-lined helmet – complete with identity-hiding visors – to play the one-man judge/jury/executioner force that is Judge Dredd in the upcoming comic book flick, Dredd.

Variety is reporting that Lionsgate has picked up U.S. distribution rights to the new cinematic take on the titular futuristic officer. The $45 million Dredd will be shot with 3D cameras (don’t worry, James Cameron, no post-production conversion) and begins filming in Cape Town, South Africa next week.

The Judge Dredd comic book is a dark, neo-Noir action tale set in the futuristic world of Mega City One, the “long oasis of quasi-civilization” on Cursed (re: post-apocalyptic) Earth. Order is maintained by officers that have the power to not only enforce the law, but also sentence criminals and (if need be) execute them on the spot. Dredd is the most powerful of these “street judges” and defends the citizens of Mega City One against an array of dangerous deviants – though, unlike a lot of other comic book heroes, he actually ages through the course of his adventures.

Dredd was created back in 1977 and has been featured in the British sci-fi magazine 2000 AD ever since. The character was brought to life on the big screen once before, in the form of Sylvester Stallone (see below). The 1995 Judge Dredd is not exactly considered an example of high caliber cinema but, we can’t lie, it’s a guilty pleasure – if only for the scenes where Stallone says the word “law.”

Sylvester Stallone as Judge Dredd Dredd Picked Up By Lionsgate

Sylvester Stallone as Judge Dredd.

Alex Garland – the scriber behind 28 Days Later and this year’s Never Let Me Go – penned the script for Dredd, which is expected to be much grittier in tone and atmosphere than the (unintentionally?) campy Stallone version. If nothing else, at least the Judge won’t be partnered with Rob Schneider this time around.

The Judge Dredd character is very much a morally ambiguous protagonist who lacks the mainstream appeal of a good ol’ boy like Peter Parker, and this new Dredd movie is far from being the most anticipated 3D comic book flick on the horizon. If Garland and director Peter Travis do the man justice then they could have a solid cult hit on their hands. An early sign of promise: The Judge WILL be keeping his helmet on at all times, as detailed by the original graphic novels.

Dredd is expected to reach theaters by 2012.

Source: Variety

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  1. maybe this will go well, Lionsgate movies usually are eye candy anyway so…what the hell, go get ‘em Karl.

    • All they are doing is distributing they don’t have any part in it’s production.

  2. Judge Deeeeeaaatthhh

    • Well, Judge Anderson is in, so the likelyhood for a visit from Judge Death is high.

      • Not this time around, unfortunately!

  3. The news of Dredd is getting better and better especially Lions Gate is handling it, this movie will filled with action and rated r violence style of action.Can’t wait to see this, hope we get the picture of Karl Urban in dredd character form when they star shooting next week.

  4. LOL Mr.I am the Law

  5. I knew you’d say that.

  6. It’s about time this character got the proper treatment. Can’t wait.

  7. Hopefully they will keep closer to the original armour. The shoulderpads on comic-book Dredd serves a purpose by protecting the head and upper part of the torax. The shoulderpads on movie Dredd serves nu practical purpose. They only look silly.

    The helmet too. Nice practical helmet on Comic-Book Dredd which streches down to protect the neck. A re-painted motorcycle helmet on movie Dredd which again look silly.

  8. oh please… nooooooooo stretchy pants….. shoulder pads… whatever…. but nooooooo stretchy pants oh please…

    • Absolutely – none of yer spandex nonsense, has to be leather!

      • :D

        i have been redeemed

        leather does the body good…

        thanks for that

  9. This is good news, looking forward to this production as its so far sounded like its had “top quality” written all over it so far despite the minimal budget.

  10. What I think the Stallone film failed at is that it had too much of him out of the costume. Especially when he was arrested and sent off before he ended up escaping.

    After Dredd was arrested in the film, it just turned into your typical Stallone film.

    • I think his film failed in a lot of ways but I am no sad sack whiner with regards to what went on in those days with his filmmaking…. compare Blade Runner to his film if you want to come up with your own list… simple

  11. Ok, thoughts now from an objective non-fan:

    1) Stallone’s movie was silly.
    2) The comic book art that someone posted here look even sillier.
    3) The core premise which the story stems is amusing but everything else afterwards is merely a slightly different spin on the thousands of “butt-kicking cop” flicks already done in the past 30 years.
    4) I cant imagine any new action sequences, one-liners, or unique character traits that’ll be delivered to make this movie better than a rainy Sunday rental – by kids.

    • indeed…

    • Ahh..have you not, I assume, read the source material? Its a very dark piece in all. Being totally honest though it IS “Harry Callahan in the far future”…so, IF they keep with the source material we’re in for a treat and perhaps a little bit of what made Dirty Harry so iconic back then as well as some more modern quirks to entertain us.

      • yes.. grit … certainly raw aggression with no question that there is no room for self doubt with the judge in this production… the real trick is to fill up that single block of turmoil and descent into madness with layers of human story and relativity which is neither black nor white but every color, culture, commercial impulse and level of drama as it plays out above the streets in domestic twists.. on the street as the lifelines of deals being done and of course under the street where what we never imagined lurks waiting to be heard….

    • Can’t argue with you on the silliness front, Netshark. Dredd’s a stone-faced killer…who takes a bath with his helmet on. Absurdity’s always been a big part of Dredd, which is precisely why it’s always going to be a task and a half to translate that to another medium.

      Mega-City One is as much a character in the strip as Dredd himself. A baroque, decadent, insane extrapolation of the way we live now, that produces the lunatic crimes, criminals and situations Dredd faces. That’s its unique point. Unfortunately the script sets everything in one Block (for obvious budgetary reasons), and without that wider world-view it does become – as you say – just another spin on the thousands of butt-kicking cop flicks. You’re exactly the kind of “floating voter” this movie needs to win around, and clearly it’s got an uphill struggle of its own making, imagination-wise.