It’s been discussed before, but despite the film’s cult status and some strong home video sales, Dredd just wasn’t successful enough to warrant a sequel. However, fans have been determined to get new Dredd in their life, what with the numerous online petitions and comment threads demanding it. Well, hey, you know who else wants more Dredd? The films producer Adi Shankar.

On the back of a recent announcement that Shankar (The Grey, The Punisher: Dirty Laundry) is working with comic book legend Warren Ellis and the animators from Adventure Time on a Castlevania animated series for Netflix coming later this year, talk of Dredd is hanging on like a tail to a comet. While Shankar is all on board focusing attention this anticipated Castlevania series, he has made it a point to let everyone know that Dredd 2 is going to happen, just maybe not in the way fans would like. 

Via a recent Interview with Collider, Shankar was quoted as saying:

If anyone is still wondering, there’s no update on a Dredd sequel, but I’m gonna make it happen at some point. It may not be live-action, but it’s going to happen at some point. There will be more Judge Dredd at some point.

Atop of the Dredd movie Shankar made with Karl Urban as the gun toting, helmeted, law enforcer, he also made a bizarre animated web series called Judge Dredd: Superfiend. One would have to assume, that if Shankar is aiming for more adventures in Dredd in cartoon form, that it would have to be a continuation or inspired by Superfiend. That assumption would be wrong.

I’m not going to continue with Judge Dredd: Superfiend. In fact, the guys I partnered with on Superfiend are going to release an 85-minute project this year based on a superhero that everyone on the planet knows. Rights-holders are going to be very pissed.

Wait, change gears here for a minute, what’s that now about a project on a superhero that everyone on a planet knows? For those unaware, Shankar has made some notoriety with his “bootleg universe,” an ongoing project where he funds lavish “fan films” such as Punisher: Dirty Laundry, Power Rangers, and Venom: Truth in Journalism. What pray tell could he be alluding to? Well, the following quote should answer that:

It’s great. I love it. Sometimes you work with them officially, like Konami, you make Castlevania and it’s the real thing. Then sometimes you just go off on your own and say, “You know what? Fuck it. We’re just making our own thing. This is how I look at it: This genre stuff, it doesn’t have to be schlock. There needs to be a point of view and a purpose to everything. These characters that are so ingrained in our culture, since we’re so divided as a species now, the one unifying thing is, “Well, everyone knows Batman, so if you want to get a message across, use Batman to do it.”

So Shankar, who’s been relatively quite on the radar as of late, has emerged with a number of projects on deck: Castlevania, something to do with Batman, and more Dredd. All of which are equally exciting.

Circling attention back to Dredd. Once upon a time, we started a joke that started the whole world clamoring for a Netflix Dredd series. It was April Fool’s, and we were young and salty, but who would have guess that years later  – YEARS! – that article still would have been quoted as a legit thing that was possibly in the works. Now, currently Shankar seems only think Dredd as an animated series is the way to go, but one would think that with Shankar’s new found relations with Netflix, that the possibility of a Dredd Netflix series is greater than ever. Perhaps more online chanting and 1 or 2 more virgin sacrifices, and it will happen

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