For anyone who has ever sat down and read a single issue of 2000 AD’s Judge Dredd comic, they knew the first film released in 1995 starring Sylvester Stallone was a far cry from the source material. Thankfully, Hollywood got its act together in 2012 and released Dredd starring Karl Urban in the titular role. Though the film was not successful financially, it has acquired a cult following that has demanded a return to Mega City One to include Urban whose portrayal was comic book worthy. On May 10th, it was announced that our favorite Street Judge would be returning to television in the series Judge Dredd: Mega-City One, but Urban’s involvement and details about the series were scant… until now!
Producer Brian Jenkins discussed the upcoming series at the 2000 AD Thrill-Cast, the comic publisher’s official podcast where he had this to say regarding Urban’s possible involvement:
“We have had many conversations prior to this, about all sorts of things. He’s also very busy, a full-time professional actor. So we’re going to have some long and complicated conversations I would imagine, and we’ll see where we go. It’s too early to tell yet, but if we can use him and he’s available to us, then I think that would be absolutely brilliant. There’s always a possibility he will be busy, or that his schedule for other movies won’t allow- Basically, we don’t know at this stage.”
Urban portrayed Dredd so well in the film, it seems criminally insane not to include him in a television adaptation. Granted, he has been one hell of a busy man since he first started gaining fame with roles such as Éomer in the Lord of the Rings films, Doctor Leonard McCoy in the Star Trek series, and Vaaki in the Riddick franchise. He is also slated to appear as Skurge in the upcoming third Thor film, Thor: Ragnarok so we can understand that he may be a bit busy at the moment. Even so, Urban has expressed an interest in returning to the role on either Amazon or Netflix.
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) April 21, 2016
As for Judge Dredd: Mega-City One, it is beginning to look like it will be more of a sequel to the 2012 film rather than just a standalone series set in the giant metropolis. There was some talk of doing the series as an animated show, but that rumor has been judged guilty and the studio is moving forward with a live-action series. The 2012 film producers, Jason and Chris Kingsley said:
“We’re very excited to be beginning the journey to get more of Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One on the television screen. Thanks to the legions of fans who have kept up pressure on social media, and a lot of background work and enthusiasm, we aim to make a big budget production that will satisfy both our vast comics audience and the even greater general screen-watching public.”
The release date, platform, and of course, leading man have yet to be revealed so keep an eye on NerdBastards for all of your Dredd news and any information on Judge Dredd: Mega-City One!