If you got to see the 1995 turdfest “Judge Dredd,” you might be interested that a new Judge Dredd is in the works. Well, it’s been in the works for a while. In fact, I think production wrapped a while ago. Maybe you’ve seen a few spiffy pics of Karl Urban (Star Trek, LOTR) as the Mega City lawman?
One hopes that this film will be closer in spirit to its comic book roots since the last one had, um, wait, I’ll think of something…okay, it had the helmet. Briefly.
In a recent interview with Total Films, Karl Urban says it will indeed be “harder, gritter’ and ‘faithful’. He also talks about hating on Stallone’s face. Here’s what Urban had to say:
If anyone is familiar with Dredd, over the years there are many times when he removes his helmet but you never fully see his face. This was a construct by the creators because he represents a faceless system of justice and law.
I say this hypothetically. If I went to a movie called Judge Dredd and the lead actor at one point took off his helmet so we could see his full face I would just puke in my popcorn because that’s not Dredd. He is mysterious and enigmatic. We’re doing it right, it’s gonna be harder, grittier and above all faithful to the comic. It’s gonna kick ass.
Glad to see someone’s being true to character and taking the role very seriously.
Director Pete Travis, ‘Judge Dredd” is set to be released on September 21th, 2012.
Here’s the films Synopsis:
DREDD takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot – if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Pete Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.