A new Judge Dredd movie has been greenlit by DNA Films in collaboration with Rebellion and 2000 AD, the brands behind the British comic book.
According to the 2000 AD fan forums, a new Dredd will go into production in 2009. Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley said they aren’t ready to share story details yet.
Dredd is a law enforcement officer in a violent city of the future where uniformed “Judges” combine the powers of police, judge, jury and executioner. Dredd and his fellow Judges are empowered to arrest, sentence and even execute criminals on the spot.
The awful original in 1995 starred Sylvester Stallone, Diane Lane, and Rob Schneider. On a production budget of $90 million (fairly large at the time), the film made $34 million domestically. Even Stallone himself was disappointed in the final result. Here is Sly in his own words talking to Uncut Magazine (April 2008):
“I do look back on Judge Dredd as a real missed opportunity. It seemed that lots of fans had a problem with Dredd removing his helmet, because he never does in the comic books. But for me it is more about wasting such great potential there was in that idea; just think of all the opportunities there were to do interesting stuff with the Cursed Earth scenes. It didn’t live up to what it could have been. It probably should have been much more comic, really humorous, and fun. What I learned out of that experience was that we shouldn’t have tried to make it Hamlet; it’s more like Hamlet and Eggs…”
What do you think? Are you against future “I AM THE LAW” shouting matches? Or (like everything else) does the series deserve a second chance?
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I am not too excited for this, I guess because I really didnt like the first one too much.