Following recent word that has the official Judge Dredd: Mega City One television series in the works, fans of the 2012 film Dredd, starring Karl Urban in the lead role will reportedly have to wait at least two years before the new show airs. Based in part on the original 2000 AD comic strip of the same name -- which also spawned a 1995 movie starring Sylvester Stallone -- the most recent iteration of the dystopian crime fighter was brought to life by screenwriter Alex Garland and director Pete Travis.
Despite the fact that Dredd starred Star Trek alumnus Karl Urban -- alongside a supporting turn from Game of Thrones mainstay Lena Headey -- the 2012 underperformed at the box office. Nevertheless, the film has developed a cult following, thus paving the way for Judge Dredd: Mega City One on the small screen -- which is now slated to reach viewers at least two years down the road.
According to SFX Magazine (via GamesRadar), production on Judge Dredd: Mega City One is chugging along full-speed ahead, and returning franchise producer Jason Kingsley has made himself available to field a few questions regarding the hotly anticipated small screen production. Speaking to the scope of the new show and how long it might take to get everything together, Kingsley stated:
"Long-form storytelling makes showing Mega-City One and its inhabitants much easier. Trying to fit all of that into a two-hour movie is very hard. My best guess is that it's at least two years away. But we're so early in the process that things could happen a bit faster, or much more slowly."
It's definitely somewhat of a letdown to hear that Judge Dredd: Mega City One is still at least two years away from reaching viewers. Nevertheless, Kingsley was quick to reveal the following:
"Dark fantasy elements are one area that would be great to explore. The show will combine the macabre with the insane and the light-hearted. It's a big place, after all, with 400 million stories to tell."
Based on the information that Kingsley had to offer, it definitely sounds like things are starting to fall into place with a definitive thematic direction in mind, and with any luck the show may prove to be better than a proper sequel to Dredd. Unfortunately, Urban's involvement in the production is still undetermined, leaving fans to continue the wait for more news in the future.
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Source: SFX Magazine (via GamesRadar)