And so the 3D bandwagon keeps on rollin'...
Just a few days ago it was announced that an all-new, all-exciting all-3D version of classic British comic 200AD's flagship character Judge Dredd
would be returning in a film. The rights were being shipped around Cannes and had a hell of a lot of promise to them - attached director Pete Travis (Omagh
, Vantage Point
), attached screenwriter Alex Garland (novel The Beach
, 28 Days Later
a pocket-sized budget of a mere $45 million.
Well, it's a damn attractive proposition and now property owners DNA Films have inked a funding deal with Reliance Big Media and IM Global to bring Dredd back from Death (see what I did there? Anybody?) and reinvent the franchise with a new 3D flick.
Judge Dredd is a badass cop from the eighties who rules over Mega City One with an iron fist, permitted to act as judge, jury and executioner as he sees fit to safeguard the civilians. He's basically a massive fascist, but a curiously watchable one. Naturally, he has a team of supervillains, led by arch-nemesis Judge Death (now you see what I did), a psychotic maniac who only issues the death penalty to law breakers.Judge Dredd
co-creator John Wagner says of the project, "Alex Garlandís script is faithful to the original concept that made Judge Dredd a favourite bad-ass hero. Itís a high-octane slay ride through the dark underbelly of the vast future city. A fan pleaser. With their track record, I have every faith in Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich."
All sounds good. But it has its work cut out - after all, the last time Judge Dredd
came to cinema screens he punched us all in the kidneys, vomitted on our girlfriends and shat in our wallets: