The 2012 film adaptation of Dredd was a long awaited tribute to a much loved indie comic. Standing head and shoulders above Sylvester Stallone’s 1995 Judge Dredd, the movie seemed to just get everything right. Alex Garland‘s revival of the 2000AD series made for a great retelling of the story for seasoned readers as well as a captivating introduction to it for new viewers. It was the dark, gritty comic book adaptation that a lot of comic book fans had been craving for years, dealing with crime and drugs and death on an almost unique level. Karl Urban, playing the eponymous Judge Dredd, has been roundly appluaded for his ability to portray a character so well with only half his face on show. (more…)
He helped redefine the zombie genre with 28 Days Later, and he helped wash the bad taste of the Sylvester Stallone-starring Judge Dredd out of our mouths with 2012’s Dredd, and now Alex Garland wants us to re-think artificial intelligence. It’s a tough topic to break despite the efforts of two recent high-profile, and high-budget, misfires (Transcendence and Chappie), but according to the early reviews from this year’s South By Southwest, Garland stands a better than average chance of changing that with his new film Ex Machina. In the fascinating and haunting new trailer, we get a new look at what Garland has in store with the movie. Does it make you even more anxious to see it? Let’s find out. (more…)
There might just be some zombie like life left in the 28 Days Later & 28 Weeks Later franchise. Although it has been eight years since the second film, 28 Days Later script writer and 28 Weeks Later Producer Alex Garland is raising hopes that a third movie in the rage virus horror movie franchise might just get rolling soon. Days and Weeks both did well at the box office, with the Days earned ten times its production budget while the follow-up Weeks earned a very respectable return of six times its budget. What’s Garland have to say about a possible third film? (more…)
It’s no secret that Dredd didn’t do well at the box office. Domestically it tanked with only the International box office and eventual strong DVD sales recapturing the movie’s production costs. The results certainly didn’t help hopes for a sequel. Any other franchise fans would have given up at this point, but Dredd fans hung in there, starting petitions, websites, and a yearly “Put Dredd at the top of the Sales Chart” event in hopes of creating enough interest from Hollywood to get a sequel into production.
Everyone involved with Dredd wants a sequel, Karl Urban has been keeping the pot simmering with comments and video statements to fans, but even this hasn’t been enough to get anyone in Hollywood to back the project with real money. Dredd screen writer Alex Garland was recently asked about Dredd 2 and had some heart-felt, yet disappointing words. (more…)
Despite the dismal box office numbers fans of Pete Travers’ 2012 Dredd 3D are making as much noise on the Internet as they can, clamoring for more. Will those fans get their Firefly/Serenity day in the sun? The film’s star Karl Urban is on-board for another installment and we’ve got his and the film’s script writer’s thoughts on what form that sequel might take. (more…)
Back in 2012, writer-producer Alex Garland brought us a new, truer to the story version of Judge Dredd with the movie Dredd. And while many found it to be an excellent if not outstanding film, it didn’t seem to impress the studios enough to get funding for a sequel. Both Garland and Karl Urban (the Judge himself) are loyal fans of the comic and really want to see this happen, but haven’t been having too much luck with it. So they’re trying a new tactic to get studios to notice – they’re bringing the fans in on it.
No, it’s not a Kickstarter campaign. It’s a petition that you can sign online to let your voice be heard that you want to see another Dredd flick. They also have a Facebook page dedicated to showing support, so you can head over and “like” that one if you so choose. I’m not sure how well this will affect their chances of going on to Dredd II, but it sure as hell can’t hurt.
Thanks to BleedingCool for helping to spread the love.
First off, before we get anywhere near what Karl Urban has to say about a Dredd sequel, let’s all take a deep breath, that’s it, now exhale. Dredd fans will have to take this with a grain of salt. In a recent interview, Urban was asked about the possibility of fans ever seeing a sequel to the popular, yet financially disappointing, Dredd. Here’s what Urban said:
“Interestingly enough, I did have breakfast with Alex Garland this morning. It’s not off the agenda. Clearly everyone has woken up to the fact that an audience has found this movie and loves it. It’s entirely possible, and if people want to see another installment then they should be vocal about that, because, it can happen. The power of fandom can resurrect projects. In fact, that’s what happened with Star Trek. They weren’t going to do a third season until fans did a letter writing campaign and they continued that series.”
When your the face of a struggling franchise you just don’t close ANY doors, no matter how small the chance that someone might open that door. I do love that Urban put the ball firmly into the fans hands. If we want to see it, then we’ll have to get vocal about it to get anything done.
Do you want to see a Dredd sequel someday and would you be willing to put your money where your mouth is for Dredd II?
Many of us may know the name of Alex Garland as the brains behind the pen that crafted scripts for movies like 28 Days Later and the latest Dredd reboot. Now it looks like the writer will become a director, taking on a sci-fi thriller project by the title of Ex Machina.
Garland’s first foray into the world of directing will be made easier by the fact that he also happens to be the writer of Ex Machina. The plot of the flick is supposed to follow the story of an employee of a billionaire inventor as he’s used as a guinea pig, being locked away in his home with a female AI of the inventor’s design.
Given what Garland has written for audiences previously, we might have something worth watching here, as long as his directorial skills don’t blow, of course. Currently, they’re looking to start up as early as this summer and aiming for a release in 2014.
Thanks to ComingSoon for the heads-up.
My weekend plans include picking up some Cosplay crafting supplies, buying new tennis shoes, and getting my butt into a theater seat to see Karl Urban in Dredd, but even before I could get in the car to go see the movie, Dredd script writer Alex Garland is talking about the direction he would go if offered the job of writing the sequel.
“If I got a chance to work on the sequel, and if there was a sequel (and there are a lot of variables in that). But, from my point of view, the politics is a lot of what I want to get into. There’s a lot of stuff that’s implied in the first film that you could really explore a lot more of in the second. Dredd is part of a police state, he’s a fascist. The subversives are sometimes the enemy in the comic books – there’s something really interesting about pro-democracy terrorists. Where the bad guys are the people fighting for democracy. Of course they’re not the bad guys, because you should be fighting for democracy. I would like to explore that.”
“Because at the heart, what you have [in this] story is a very, very ****ed up urban environment. In which the law and order is struggling to keep a cap on it. It’s over-stretching itself and over reaching it’s own boundaries in order to try and stay ahead of things. And that, to me, doesn’t seem to be very different to a lot of what’s happening in the here and now. I felt that it was perfectly current and the irradiated wasteland beyond the city becomes sci-fi texture rather than the heart of it.”
Would this approach work with a budding franchise that is built on violent, action oriented style that the first film is based on? It could work as a secondary storyline and should probably be a thread throughout any future sequels, but why not give the fans what they want . . .
Go ahead, ask any Judge Dredd fan what they want to see and I guarantee that 99.98% will say Dark Judges. We don’t have to forget the social commentary though. Garland can have his social commentary on the state of Dredd’s society, but have that be the secondary plot line to Dredd going up against the Dark Judges. That way we all get what we want and nobody has to get their feelings hurt. All the things that Garland wants to discover can be done while telling a thrilling action packed Dredd story. There is no need to throw out the baby with the bath water.
Dredd is in theaters now, get your ass in a theater seat!
Dredd 3D. Another action remake. Judge Dredd was originally a comic, and it was good. It was rewritten with another story line, and it was still good. Then it was a movie, and it was bad. Really bad. Like, Rob Schneider bad. Oh, right, that’s because he was actually in the first movie. Now it’s a movie again, and it lacked the comic book back-story and it was low on character development. There was no love story, no lesson-learned and the movie didn’t take itself seriously which is OH MY GOD WHY THIS MOVIE WAS SO DAMN AWESOME!
From the very first scene where Dredd shot a scorching assault flare into a hostage-taker’s pie-hole and turned him into a human jack-o-lantern (which was beautifully presented to us in stunning 3D and slow motion, bye the way) to the very last scene where Dredd, after 95 minutes, was still relentlessly stomping people’s shit into the ground, this movie was one hell of a thrill ride!
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