Alex Garland’s Dredd is considered a modern cult-hit as the film has done exceptionally well on home video and streaming despite it being a bit of a finical flop when released in theaters back in 2012. The mature comic book film was a reboot of the 2000 AD character Judge Dredd previously portrayed by action-star Sly Stallone.
There had been a grassroots campaign to get a Dredd sequel off-the-ground which never really amounted to anything outside of both actors Karl Urban (Judge Dredd) and Olivia Thirlby (Judge Anderson) suggesting they’d be willing to reprise the role if a sequel was ever put together.
Producers pointed out the original film’s sprawling international global distribution combined with the poor box office as a major roadblock to a theatrical sequel ever coming together which led to Rebellion to announce plans for a series titled Mega-City One, taking place in the world of Judge Dredd but not exactly focusing on the character himself.
Karl Urban is currently doing press rounds for the upcoming second season of Amazon Prime Video’s The Boys and reaffirmed to Screen Geek his desire to reprise the Dredd role in that Mega-City One series from Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley, that’s if they want his services.
URBAN: “Well, listen, it’s very, very early to get into any specifics on that, but I’ve gone on the record before saying that I would love to come back and be a part of that world and tell more Dredd stories. There is just a plethora of great, great stories within the Judge Dredd universe. I think that Jason [Kingsley] and his team – I think that the legacy of Judge Dredd is in great hands. And if I get the opportunity to work with those guys, you can bet your bottom dollar I will be there – because I think that it would be just a real rich and rewarding experience for, not only for us to collaborate, but for the fans. So, if that happens, that’d be fantastic and for whatever reason – and there are many – if it doesn’t happen, then I wish them the best, and I can’t wait to see what they do.”
Outside of some pieces of concept artwork, a pilot script being written Rob Williams and Rebellion building their own studio facility Rebellion Film Studios in Oxford, England for film and television, there haven’t been any substantial updates concerning the series.
Urban seemingly will have a bit of a break and then jump into filming Season 3 of The Boys next year in Toronto.
DREDD – Mega City One is a vast, violent metropolis where felons rule the streets. The only law lies with cops called “judges,” who act as judge, jury and executioner, and Dredd (Karl Urban) is one of the city’s most feared. One day, Dredd is partnered with Cassandra (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities. A report of a terrible crime sends Dredd and Cassandra to a dangerous area controlled by Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), a drug lord who will stop at nothing to protect her empire.
SOURCE: SCREEN GEEK