May 22 2024


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Urban: More Dredd Please

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If Star Trek into DarknessKarl Urban has his way, he’ll be seen in another Judge Dredd movie.

Urban played Dredd in last year’s Judge Dredd, which was based on the 2000 AD comic strip.

In an interview with IGN, Urban acknowledged that there was fan interest in seeing a Dredd sequel, and he was ready to be part of it. “A Dredd sequel – the fans are screaming out for a Dredd sequel and, I would like nothing more than to be a part of it,” he said. “Dredd screenwriter/producer Alex Garland wants to do it; I want to do it. Really, I guess, it’s up to film financiers if they can crunch the numbers to make it work. If territories have made money in ancillary markets, because it’s been a huge hit on DVD.

“You know people have discovered the movie after the fact, people have discovered this movie and gone, ‘Wait a minute, this is really, really cool.’ Unfortunately, a fundamental problem with Dredd was that at the time of its release, people didn’t know about it. There was no awareness of it, and ultimately that hurt the performance of the movie at the cinema. But then word of mouth got around and when it was released on DVD it sold six hundred and fifty thousand copies in a week!”

If a sequel is made, Urban would like to see a Judge Dredd origin story. “Look there’s many places that I’d like to see that character go,” he said. “You know, I personally would like to see almost an origin story. To see how that world got the way it got. In Almost Human, there’s still an optimism and a hope. We’re still striving to be the best of what humanity can be. In the world of Dredd, humanity has given up. There’s a dystopian vision of the future. I’d really like to see how it got that way, how the Judges came to be. To me that’s interesting. There’s a story; a great comic, it’s origins, and that would be the great basis for a movie.”

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6 thoughts on “Urban: More Dredd Please

  1. Lot of news about Karl Urban lately. I downloadled Dredd completely legally several months ago but haven’t gotten around to watching it yet. Was it any good?

  2. It was surprisingly good. I caught it on DVD on the advice of some friends who raved about how good it was. I admit I totally ignored it in the movie theater because I remembered what an embarrassment the 1990s “Judge Dredd” starring Sylvester Stallone was.

  3. I did catch it at the cinema and It was a really cool film, very simplistic, baddie at the top of a building, Dredd goes in to make the arrest, no Dredd on the run, no complicxated origin of Dredd or the Baddie, simple story, no revenge plot, no superweapon, no plot to destroy the city just relatively small time criminals getting their comeuppance. The film was violent and very similar to 80s films like predator. It was a cool film and made a heck of a lot more sense than Avengers (baddies plan is to get himself locked up and give away something that will enable him to rule the universe) or Dark Knight Rises (Baddies Plan is to create 3 months of anarchy before setting off a nuclear device because they believe gotham/evil should be punished…). Add to that a sci fi friendly actor like Urban (who it seems was dissatisfied with the hugely derivitive Into Darkness) and you have the perfect storm for a cult classic. It deserved to do better theatrically and it deserves a sequel.

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