The producers of the forthcoming Judge Dredd: Mega City One original TV series have confirmed talks with returning Dredd star Karl Urban. Based in part on the original comic strip 2000 AD, Judge Dredd is an original dystopian sci-fi hero who has been played on the big screen by Sylvester Stallone in the 1995 film Judge Dredd and subsequently by Urban in the 2012 feature.
Despite gaining a strong cult following in the five years since its initial theatrical release, Dredd - which was directed by Pete Travis and written by Alex Garland - failed to make a significant dent at the box office, leaving Urban and company uncertain of the franchise's future. Thankfully, the recently announced Judge Dredd: Mega City One is set to premier - and the latest word has Urban likely to reprise the title role.
According to Screen Geek, the producers of Judge Dredd: Mega City One have just confirmed that they have been in talks with Urban about reprising the lead role in the upcoming TV series. Speaking to all of the hard work that will go into securing Urban top billing and making sure that the original production is up to snuff, executive producer Jason Kingsley stated:
"We have been in discussions with Karl about his possible involvement in Judge Dredd: Mega-City One for some time. These conversations continue but we’re keen, he’s keen – it’s just a case of us making sure this show is everything we want it to be. This needs to be done right – the fans deserve it. Our team is working hard on scripts for the first season, creating engaging multi-thread storylines, one of which will be Dredd’s, but others which take us into the wider world of Mega-City One."
This recent development confirms Urban's statement from yesterday that has the former star of Dredd intent on joining the cast of Judge Dredd: Mega City One. With any luck, things will continue to develop in a positive direction going forward, and fans of Dredd will finally have the followup to the 2012 cult film that they have been clambering for.
Only time will tell whether or not Urban will end up landing the lead role in Judge Dredd: Mega City One, though by the sound of things his involvement is in high demand from all parties. On that note, here's to hoping for the very best from the forthcoming original series.
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Source: Screen Geek