New 3D Judge Dredd Moving Forward with Director Pete Travis
Over two years ago we heard about a brand new Judge Dredd film which we heard last September was set to be written by Alex Garland, who's responsible for writing Danny Boyle's Sunshine and the screenplay for the adaptation of the video game Halo which just can't seem to get off the ground. Well, more information has come to light as Deadline reports the film has just gained some financing in a big pre-sale at the Cannes Film Festival where it was revealed that Pete Travis (Vantage Point) would be directing a 3D adaptation of the comic book, which is poised to distance itself from the repugnant Sylvester Stallone attempt from 1995.
One thing that Stallone got right in his adaptation is that Judge Dredd really is the law in a future where law enforcement officers are given the power to act as judge, jury and executioner to dish out justice. This isn't a huge budget film (only about $50 million from non-Hollywood investors), but Fox let it slip away, so we'll find out if they'll be kicking themselves in the asses down the road once the project starts picking up steam. Maybe Andrew Macdonald's DNA Films deal with India-based Reliance Big Entertainment & IM Global will mean more creative freedom for a more loyal adaptation of the comic. Stay tuned as this project develops!
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
Thank God! I've been a Dredd fan since I was a kid (in the 70's!) Stallones travesty ALMOST ruined the whole thing. The model work and styling for Mega-City 1 was spot on, the ABC warrior robot was excellent, Mean Machine Angel was VERY close to the comic, But the costumes sucked, the Judges Bikes (Lawmasters) looked RUBBISH! Their guns (Lawgivers) were stupid...there was NEVER a round called the 'Double Whammy'! and, Horror of Horrors, Dredd took his helmet off for practically the whole movie. WRONG! Dredd never removes his helmet, not even in the bath! (Check it out if you don't believe me.) I know I'm a huge fanboy, but sometimes fanboys know what they're on about. I think Vin Diesel 'could' play dredd, and I believe he has expressed an interest in the part a few years ago.
ultim8 on May 10, 2010
If the 'Double Whammy' isn't in then i'm not interested
Metatasian on May 11, 2010
Well, I am a big Judge Dredd fan too, and I thought the Stallone movie was pretty darned good. Of course I am looking forward to this new version. It'd be nice if it featured the Dark Judges, Judge Death, Judge Fire, Judge Fear and Judge Mortis, as the main villains. And comic relief this time should be given to Otto Sump. I also think it would be a good idea to get an unknown actor to play Dredd.
Mega Jet Jaguar on May 11, 2010
now all i need is a new Spawn
DoomCanoe on May 11, 2010
@ #3 that is exactly how it should be, the sequel could be the Judge Cal arc
Eviltodd on May 11, 2010
WHAT ABOUT ROB SCHNEIDER!?!?!?!
Voice of Reason on May 11, 2010
yo no.6....STFU. i raped and killed Rob Schneider. happy? yeah..me too.
thom on May 11, 2010
As long as Rob Schneider is back it'll be great!!!!! haha!
Cmurder on May 11, 2010
@ #5 Your comment about the Judge Cal arc reminds me of the old Eagle Comics cover Brian Bolland did with the Judge Goldfish! LOL! Those are some awesome covers Bolland did back then, they always managed to pique your interest in wanting to read the story inside. That would be great if they hired Bolland to do the storyboards for the new film, and hired Simon Bisley to do the movie poster artwork.
Mega Jet Jaguar on May 11, 2010
@1: Sorry but Vin Diesel jumped the shark a long time ago. He's been reduced to going back to make new sequels from the old franchises that he walked away from (Fast & Furious, xXx) and Pitch Black which should never have had a sequel/prequel in the first place. I can't see any studio giving him a potentially good role that has a built-in fan base. It's too big of a gamble to risk blowing revenues from future sequels or even a whole franchise on someone who already has a track record of trying to extort studios for more money than he's worth for sequels and then just walking away to leave them tank when he doesn't get it. The Stallone attempt already proved that Dredd isn't right for a big name action star. Find some unknown or obscure actor for a first time leading role, get a good script and a talented director and go for it. I'm just going to ignore the whole 3D argument on this one. There are a lot of other hurdles to get over on this one. It's too bad that the studio is just jumping on the bandwagon and setting themselves up for failure by announcing that it will be in 3D before they even know what they're going to do for story, cast, and crew.
Jedi on May 11, 2010
Whatever you do DONT SHOW HIS FACE... let lifelong secrets stay as secrets on the screen too (if you dont know how to shoot a movie without showing actors faces go check out Star Wars where we werent let in ont he secret until the very last scene of the sixth episode, or a more recent one, V for Vendetta 😀 )
Burak "D'aequitas" on May 12, 2010
1) Keep his helmet on 2) Fred Dryer as Judge Dredd 3) 1 out of 2 above, I'll pay money to see it
David Banner on May 12, 2010
Fred Dryer would have been perfect way back in 1987 - now he's too old and I dont think the movies are gonna start with Old Dredd.
Dr Cyclopz on Jun 2, 2010
I've been a Dredd fan since they started shippin' 'em into the states in the '90s. A British friend explained later in life that Dredd TRULY IS to the British what Batman is to us. I think that makes a lot of sense, and makes me extra excited to see this come to life w/ a more visionary actor & director behind it. And yes, we can expect posters by Brian Bolland & Simon Bisley. (Can you imagine them NOT being asked?)
Django3000 on Nov 3, 2010
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