Karl Urban reveals that he still wants to play Judge Dredd in the upcoming Judge Dredd: Mega-City One TV series. The New Zealand actor played the titular character in the 2012 science-fiction action film Dredd, which is based on the 2000 AD comic strip Judge Dredd. Both critics and fans loved the Pete Travis-directed picture, but sadly, the movie was far from a box office success that a sequel didn't happen.
The franchise is, however, continuing in the form of a TV series with Judge Dredd: Mega-City One. Officially announced May of last year, the project developed by the independent entertainment studio IM Global and Rebellion will be a live-action show that will use the eponymous metropolis as its backdrop. Writer Rob Williams announced that he's done writing the pilot's script during San Diego Comic-Con, with the small screen offering expected to arrive sometime next year.
Speaking at Trekonderoga (via TrekMovie), Urban revealed he's not involved in the in-development project. He was previously in talks to join, but it doesn't seem like it went anywhere. That said, he still wants to board the series if given the opportunity:
"I’m not attached to it, although I did have a preliminary round of conversations with them. I am interested in doing it. There are a lot of great stories to tell there. It is up to them. I don’t know really where they are in the stages of development. If I get the opportunity, great, otherwise some else will do it, and we can all see some more Judge Dredd. I did read the comics when I was a kid, as I teenager I read Judge Dredd a lot."
Despite having no official link to the show, Urban's conversation with the team behind the show allowed him to learn about possible narrative details for Judge Dredd: Mega-City One. He also opened up about his stipulations in terms of how Dredd will be portrayed in the show in case they want him to be part of it:
"Their idea for Mega-City One is was basically to build the show around more rookie judges and young, new judges and Dredd would come in and out and I said that I’ll do it, but it has to be done in a meaningful way. I can’t just come on and grunt and pull faces, there has to be a story there for him. There has to be a kind of little arc and a story we are trying to tell. So, we will see what they do."
This is not the first time that Urban expressed his intentions of reprising his memorable comic book character in the TV series. He said the same thing earlier this year when it sounded like he was still in active talks about joining Judge Dredd: Mega-City One. Admittedly, it would be such a missed opportunity not to bring Dredd into the show especially since Urban is game with the idea. However, considering that there are lots of other characters to focus the new show on like Rogue Trooper and Slaine, there won't be any scarcity of great stories to tell.