New ‘Judge Dredd’ Film Gets an Official Title & Synopsis

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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… icon razz New Judge Dredd Film Gets an Official Title & Synopsis

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.

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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

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  1. I still say the Stallone flick isn’t that bad. A true guilty pleasure film for me. I watch it all the time.

    That said this new one sounds interesting, after Trek, Urban can do no wrong in my eyes.

    I can’t believe they got Alex Garland to write this!

    • Yeah, it’s definitely a guilty pleasure.

    • well, watch Pathfinder and tell me that sam, that was a miss to me, it coulda been a lot better.

      • It could have been alot worse too..I enjoyed it for what it was..

  2. this sounds very…Dreddfull ;)

    • Ugh!! I must…smack you now! 8-)

  3. Why always the cursed earth story line.I was kind of hoping for the Judge Death story line.

    • yeah, me too…that story line combined Sci-Fi and horror perfectly for todays film audience.

    • They’re not using the Cursed Earth storyline.

    • Agreed. I am hoping for the Judge Death story line. And Rob Schneider can be in this one as well… so long as he’s Death’s first victim. >:)

  4. I have watched Pathfinder, the numerous faults with that movie, none of which can be laid at the feet of Urban.

  5. If they don’t make it in 3D then I’m sold!

  6. Well, that’s your opinion and your entitled to it, but The Beach will always be in my top 5 favourite novels of all time. His other 2 novels, The Tesseract and The Coma are unlike anything I have read.

    It’s rare these days for a writer who recieves such universal praise, only wrote 2 full length novels.

    • I’ll get round to reading those other two – the ideas looked good. It’s not that I disliked The Beach, more that it paled in comparison with Ballard’s prose and psychology. The man handles dream states and psychopathology like no other writer. I do recommend that one if The Beach is a favourite.

      • Did you read his Dredd screenplay? I understand the lack of ambition from a budget point of view, and I know a lot can change between screenplay and finished product (who could have known Ridley Scott would do what he did with Dan O’Bannon’s Alien script, for example?) – what came across to me was that he’d caught the main characters, and missed the setting on a physical and mental level completely.

          • :-)

            • Juast hope they drop the “3D” in the title – its just so, well, naff! By the time its release in 2012 the current supposed fad of 3D may well have passed?

  7. Didn’t know it was written by Alex Garland… That’s pretty encouraging. Imagine he wins the best adapted screenplay for Never Let Me Go and this is his followup. Amazing.

    • I’m in two minds about Alex Garland. Although I liked 28 Days Later, his screenplay for Sunshine crapped out massively towards the end, and his novel of The Beach doesn’t hold a candle to JG Ballard’s similarly-themed Rushing To Paradise, which came out a couple of years before.

      As mentioned elsewhere, his Dredd screenplay is a low-budget, unimaginative Die Hard meets Escape From New York in a Block. I’ve read it: his characterisations of Dredd and Anderson are not bad at all; the plot’s useless.

  8. Karl urban does not have the jaw or the mouth to be Dredd. This alas signals to me that this set of filmmakers is as clueless as the last one about what made Dredd such a comic favorite.

    Once again, they’re emphasising the action. Yes, Dredd had action. But the utter failure of the Stallone version shows that thinking Dredd is just an action hero completely misses the point.

    Judge Dredd was a very funny comic. It was a tongue-in-cheek over the top portrayal of a character who was larger than life and ridiculous to the point of hilarity. Dredd used to shower with his helmet on. He used to arrest 10 year-old boys for spitting gum on the sidewalk. His villains were grotesquely obese fatties and undead spirits like Judge Death.

    In short, Dredd in 200AD was more like Quentin Tarantino meets Spaceballs meets Dirt Harry. If they lose the dark, exaggerated humor that made Dredd such fun and instead focus on gun battles and fist fights, this will be as much a missed opportunity as the atrocious Stallone version.

    • ^^What Etrigan said^^^

      I still laugh when I remember a ‘Judge’ arresting an old lady for only doing 294 Kmh in a 295 zone, just brilliant.

      I would also add, for the sake of the film makers, that the Judges were fearless and unemotional, which also made the stories quite wry and amusing.

      That is to say, Judge Dredd should NOT be made as another generic ‘cop movie’.

      Just saying!

  9. I think for all purist Dredd fans, the first movie was a huge letdown.
    It wasn’t Stallone’s fault, but yes, he didn’t need to take his helmet off.
    The costume and character of Dredd could have been closer to the original, and the story was crap!

    If I had one dream that could come true, they’d make the ‘Judgment Day’ series into the next film! Think of all the awseome characters, Sabat, Johhny Alpha, Sadu… Zombies! Freakin sweet!