Sunshine's Alex Garland is Writing the Judge Dredd Remake
by Brandon Lee Tenney
September 9, 2009
British screenwriter Alex Garland, the man behind 28 Days Later and Sunshine, two of my favorite screenplays of the last ten years, is, according to Empire via British comics artist Mark "Jock" Simpson's Twitter, currently writing a fresh adaptation of Judge Dredd. Now, Judge Dredd, as you may recall, was brought to life by Sylvester Stallone in the 1995 film directed by Danny Cannon. You may also remember, that that movie was
terrible awesome by most accounts a failure. But with over 30 years of source comics from 2000AD, the dystopian police-state satire is set to see the screen again (as we first reported last year).
With Judge Dredd under the umbrella of Danny Boyle's DNA Films, it's no surprise that the writer most often associated with Boyle, Alex Garland, is spearheading this project. Mark Simpson, who's worked on the art for Judge Dredd comic strips as well as the concept art for this new adaptation said this of the art and Garland: "Working through script visuals for Judge Dredd movie. Alex Garland writes a great script." That shouldn't be any surprise, it sure isn't to me. Garland certainly has what it takes to bring a thoughtful, yet tonally accurate Judge Dredd satire to theaters. His past genre screenplays should be proof enough of that.