Karl Urban is in early discussions to star in the Judge Dredd TV series. The New Zealand-born actor had starred in Pete Travis' 2012 film Dredd, based on the character and comic book series of the same name from John Wagner. Urban played the eponymous character, and his performance was praised by critics, as were all the other aspects of the movie. Unfortunately, critical acclaim wasn't enough to convince audiences to see the film in theaters, which is why Dredd grossed a measly $41.5 million at the worldwide box office against an estimated production budget of $40 million.
The box office gross alone wasn't enough to justify another installment, but Dredd ended up becoming a cult favorite amongst its fans and even managed to score big when it hit home video. Although there were initially plans for a Dredd trilogy, many people felt that a live-action TV series would be a better option -- and that's something Urban was up for doing. Since then, fans had campaigned for streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime to pick up the series. Despite those services initially turning down the idea, independent studio IM Global confirmed earlier this year that they are developing a live-action TV adaptation titled Judge Dredd: Mega-City One.
Of course, the first thing that people wanted to know about the series was, who will be playing Judge Dredd? The studio didn't confirm or deny Urban's involvement with the series, and although the actor has remained mum on the matter ever since the show's announcement three months ago, he has now finally discussed his potential involvement. Urban told audiences at Star Trek Las Vegas this past weekend that he's in talks with IM Global to reprise his role as Judge Dredd for the TV series.
"I am in discussions with them about that. I told them that if they write the material and give Dredd something to do and give him a function, I will be there. I would love to."
Urban has remained committed to this role ever since Dredd released in 2012, and he has actively campaigned alongside the fans the movie to either get a sequel or be adapted onto the small screen. At the moment, the only connection the TV series has to the Dredd movie is through the show's executive producers: Stuart Ford, Jason Kingsley, and Chris Kingsley, all three of which who produced the movie. Of course, making this series a direct continuation of the movie would require Urban's involvement.
Recently, the TV series' producer Brian Jenkins said he and everyone else would love to have Urban back as Judge Dredd, but that's all dependent on the actor's schedule, which makes sense considering that appearing full-time on television can prevent Urban from appearing in future movies, such as Star Trek 4. Still, at least we now know that Urban is interested enough in reprising his role that he's in discussions with the studio to do so.
Screen Rant will keep you updated on Dredd as more information becomes available.
Source: Karl Urban (via Trek Movie)