He is the Law.
He is Judge, Jury and Executioner.
He is based on a comic book.
He was a 1995 flop movie.
He is getting a reboot.
He is Judge Dredd.

That’s right folks – Judge Dredd will be returning to the big screen following a 14 years absence. The Mega City judge will be produced by DNA films, the guys behind 28 Days Later.

In case you don’t know, Judge Dredd is a British comic book character published in 2000 AD. Created by John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra in 1977 the character is a futuristic police officer of sorts called a “Judge” because they are Judge, Jury and Executioner all rolled into one. Dredd’s the baddest ass in Mega City, think Dirty Harry and RoboCop rolled into one. In fact RoboCop borrowed liberally from the Dredd character (come to think of it Dredd borrowed liberally from Dirty Harry).

The 1995 Sylvester Stallone film was pretty much a disaster. It ditched everything that made Dredd cool – he never takes off his helmet in the comics; he was given a comic sidekick; a love interest and well… frankly it just didn’t work. The film was directed by a young British director named Danny Cannon, who has since gone on to have success with CSI.

I can only imagine that the new film will be truer to the comics.

A statement on the 2000 AD comics message board said the following:

“Rebellion and 2000 AD are proud to announce that ‘Judge Dredd’ is coming to a cinema near you soon! Together with DNA Films, the movie production company behind such great sci-fi movies such as ‘Sunshine’ and ’28 Weeks Later,’ ‘Judge Dredd’ will go into production in 2009.
Jason Kingsley, CEO and Creative Director said, ‘We can’t give away too many details at this point, but we’re looking forward to working with DNA Films to bring ‘Judge Dredd’ back to the big screen.’
We’ll keep you up to date with breaking news as it happens!”

It’s not the first mention of a Dredd reboot – about five years ago word spread that two films would be shot back to back on a low(ish) budget. I have no idea what happend to that plan.

Now to the important bit. Who would you cast as Judge Dredd?

I’ve always thought that Ed Harris would kick serious ass in the role, but I’m sure that you guys have other ideas. I’m interested to know what they are.

Source: 2000 AD