Video Interview: Writer Alex Garland Talks 'Dredd', 'The Raid', Sci-Fi
by Alex Billington
September 18, 2012
"I am the law!" Ready to talk about Judge Dredd? Arriving in theaters this weekend is the gritty, badass new take on the 2000 AD comic book character, played by Karl Urban this time around. Dredd 3D is directed by Pete Travis, but the screenplay is credited to Alex Garland, well known in the sci-fi world as writer of the scripts 28 Days Later, Sunshine for Danny Boyle and Never Let Me Go. I first saw Dredd at Comic-Con (and loved it), but it also just premiered in Midnight Madness at TIFF, where I was given the chance to meet-up with Garland for a quick interview. He's one of my favorite writers and I jumped at the opportunity.
This interview is mostly spoiler-free on anything Dredd 3D, but does get heavy on Judge Dredd details. I also had to ask him about those bullsh*t The Raid comparisons, which definitely seem to frustrate him, too.
Here's my full video interview with Dredd 3D screenwriter Alex Garland, filmed in Toronto:
Screenwriters are always some of my favorite people to talk to, especially because they're truly the ones who craft and design stories. I first met Alex Garland at the Telluride Film Festival when he was there for Never Let Me Go (we later interviewed director Mark Romanek). At the time we ended up in a big discussion about 3D as he was just gearing up to start shooting Dredd down in South Africa, which is why he references the crews that Neill Blomkamp shot with (on District 9). After seeing Dredd 3D, I'm so glad I got to talk with Garland, as I loved the movie they made, and I wanted to chat with him about crafting the world and staying true to core values of the comic book character. I hope you enjoyed the interview. Be sure to go see Dredd!
Lionsgate is releasing Dredd 3D in theaters everywhere starting on September 21st. Judgment is Coming.