We’ve been keeping tabs on the next Judge Dredd movie ever since it was announced two years ago, and have been paying even closer attention since it was announced that Star Trek star Karl Urban is the new Judge D.

While it’s not at all breaking news, studio IM Global has officially announced that the new film will indeed be titled Dredd – or Dredd 3D as early word has it – along with a synopsis explaining what we kind of approach we can expect the filmmakers to take.

Check out the early synopsis for Dredd:

DREDD takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot – if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Peter Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.

So OK, there’s not that much to go on at this early stage other than the title, confirmation that Urban has snagged the lead role, and confirmation that this new film will indeed attempt to stay closer to the comic version of the character than the 1995 film with Sylvester Stallone did. I mean, Stallone’s Dredd took off his helmet for god’s sake… :-P

As for the actual plot of the film (the juncture where films based on characters like this tend to run into problems), we know Olivia Thirlby is playing a telepath rookie who is kind of like Dredd’s shadow… I’ll let you feast on the possibilities there (like being able to judge and execute people based on their thoughts)… but that still isn’t really a story arch we can be intrigued by.

Though I was initially disappointed by the Stallone version of Judge Dredd, since that film was released I have to say it’s become something of a guilty pleasure of mine. But it’s hard to deny that what made that 1995 flick so enjoyable were the…er, talents of Stallone, the actor, rather than Dredd the character. As far as Dredd the character is concerned, I’d say there is still opportunity to sell him to movie audiences and make him a larger part of the cultural zeitgeist.

Adding all the pieces of the puzzle together, so far we’ve got Dredd, a telepath, and “futuristic neo-noir action.” Let your imagination work that out a bit and then tell us what you’d like to see from Dredd (3D). The film is being directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point) and is aiming for a 2012 release date.

Source: IM Global