Karl Urban reveals what the upcoming Judge Dredd TV series needs in order for him to return as the titular character. Urban had starred as the eponymous character in Pete Travis' 2012 reboot, with his performance being praised by virtually anyone who saw the film. Unfortunately, despite the critical acclaim, the movie didn't become the box office success that the studio hoped it would, and so, hopes of the sequel moving forward fell through. However, strong home video sales sparked interest in continuing the series.
A few months ago, Rebellion Productions and IM Global Television announced plans to develop a live-action TV series entitled Judge Dredd: Mega-City One, with Mark Stern and Stuart Ford producing alongside the movie reboot's co-producers, Jason and Chris Kingsley. Although the TV series may not inhabit the same universe as the reboot, the studios are still keen on having Urban reprise his role as the titular character, something even he's willing to do. However, the story needs to be top-notch for him to consider coming back.
Urban has been busy promoting his latest movie, Thor: Ragnarok, and speaking with Screen Rant at the comic book film's press junket last week, the actor briefly talked about what it would take for him to come back as Judge Dredd.
"Well, Rebellion, who owns the rights to Judge Dredd, are currently developing a television series called Mega-City One, and I’ve had many discussions with them about my involvement of which I am interested, and I said to them, 'Listen, if you write a character that has a function and a purpose and contributes to the overall story, then I might be very interested in reprising that role.' I certainly wouldn’t want to step into it and just pay lip service to the movie. There has to be some material there that warrants further exploration of that character. So the ball's in their court."
Considering that Urban is an established actor who has no shortage of major roles on his schedule, fans are excited that he's even contemplating returning to the role after all these years. Still, although he has met with the studios about the job, he won't commit to the TV series unless there's something left to explore, as should be the case with any movie or TV sequel. However, it's worth reiterating that it's still unclear if the show resides in the same universe as the movie reboot. If not, then Mega-City One may present a different continuation than fans may want.
Aside from bits of concept art and brief plot details, there's very little that's actually known about Judge Dredd: Mega-City One, but it seems that Urban is at least having active discussions with Rebellion and IM Global about reprising his role. Hopefully, they come to some sort of agreement and get Urban back; it's something that everyone wants to see happen.