Although far from a box office smash, the 2012 film Dredd has developed a strong cult following. A number of fans even filed a petition to create a TV series for cable or streaming services based on the recent film. And followers of the first movie aren’t alone. Dredd executive producer Adi Shankar and star Karl Urban (Leonard “Bones” McCoy from Star Trek Beyond) are also very interested in continuing the series in some way, shape, or form.
However, due to its financially disappointing performance in cinemas, writer Alex Garland (Ex Machina) feels a sequel isn’t likely to happen. Neither numbers nor pessimism have stopped Urban from continuing to push for a streaming Dredd follow up, though.
In a recent appearance at the Calgary Expo, the Star Trek veteran expressed his continued interest in a Dredd series or sequel via Netflix, Amazon, or another streaming service (via Screen Geek). While on a panel, the actor fielded questions about the possibility of further adventures in Mega-City One. He was quoted by members of the audience as saying “conversations are happening.”
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Urban, whose own Twitter account bears a Dredd poster for a background image, has been unusually vocal in his desire to return to the character. Clearly he’s a fan of the comic, or at least the role, which first ran in the British anthology comic 2000 AD during the late 70s. Since his inception, Judge Dredd has made his way to the screen several times, including the poorly received 1995 Sylvester Stallone sci-fi-actioner, the beloved if unsuccessful 2012 film, and unofficial web-miniseries. The Dark Horse-owned comic continues to run in short bursts, including upcoming Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens.
However, any hopes for new developments with regard to the Dredd franchise should be taken with a grain of salt. This isn’t the first time we've heard about Dredd 2 “conversations" from Urban. In 2014, he also sought to bolster support for a sequel in roughly the same manner. At the time, it was reported that Garland had conceptualized the Dredd series as a trilogy. Yet despite the continued enthusiasm, there have been no major developments for the franchise yet.
Even though cult series rarely succeed based on fan and star power alone, the Dredd series/sequel still has a shot. Once underdog franchises like Star Trek and Mystery Science Theater 3000 found continued (and major, in the case of Trek) success thanks to the tireless efforts of fans and cast members. If Dredd 2 supporters can’t find the studio backing they need, perhaps they should consider crowdfunding as a way to show studios the fiscal efficacy of continuing the saga.
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