With the coming release of the apparently far more faithful Judge Dredd movie, simply titled Dredd, on the horizon fans of the character may already be wondering what it will take to see the gritty stone faced lawman become a franchise. According to writer Alex Garland it shouldn’t take to much, money wise.
Bleeding Cool spoke with Garland at the London Film and Comic Con where he revealed the magic number at just $50 million. PLUS, apparently he has the story line loosely marked out as a triliogy.
We’ll see a sequel if the gross is above $50 million in the U.S. It’s a simple financial equation. We’re an independent movie … In terms of Dark Judges, I wrote Death into this script, but it didn’t feel right for the first film. I thought it felt right but after about 16 drafts and it really didn’t work out.
I needed to have set up the city and Dredd first before taking on what is essentially a riff on the Judges. You need to know what the Judges are before you can subvert them.
I wrote a second script which was about Dredd going out to the Cursed Earth. That was rejected for similar reasons.
If they want to make sequels, I’ve got a story that goes from this one into the origins of Dredd and the city. Then the third one has would have a strange, existential attack from the Dark Judges.
Now, $50 million may seem like small money in this day and age, but keep in mind that Dredd is an R rated movie based on a comic book, so it’s going to have a fight to hit that mark. With the promise of Cursed Earth, Dark Judges and Judge Death in the future… damn it, I’ll buy two tickets day one if it helps.