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As a long time Dredd fan I was perplexed that the latest Dredd movie from director Pete Travis didn’t do very well at the box office. I thought it was a damn fine film; gritty, violent, and stylish. The disappointing box office ($35 million worldwide before DVD sales on a $50 million dollar budget) Dredd pulled in quickly set fans wondering if we’d ever see Karl Urban‘s chin under that iconic Judge Dredd helmet ever again.

One of the Dredd producers Adi Shankar recently went on Reddit to do an AMA (Ask-Me-Anything). When asked about the possibility of a sequel he responded:

“Probably not. But I am working on a Dredd short in the vein of #DirtyLaundry …you’re actually the first person to know about this…”

As of this moment this is just a promise to fans. No story or script, no actors or director signed on. Hopefully Shankar will follow through and get the short off the ground. The short film he mentions is a Punisher short called Dirty Laundry, starring Thomas Jane and directed by Phil Joanou. I consider it more of a love letter to Punisher fans than your run of the mill short film. You can check it out below to get the feel of what Shankar wants to do.

Via: Cinemablend

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!

Via: ScreenRant

 

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dredd’

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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Two weeks to go until the September 21st premiere of Dredd 3D and the powers that be are cranking up the marketing machine to put Dredd right in your face with two new television clips aimed at attracting your attention.

This NerdBastard has been a long time fan of Judge Dredd and I’m very anxious to see Karl Urban‘s take on the character. Whoops, almost forgot to include the obligatory synopsis and movie plot:

The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.

During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.

Let your fellow NerdBastards know your thoughts on the two clips in the comments section below.

With the U.K. release of Dredd a mere week away (Sep. 7th) and the U.S. 3 weeks (Sep. 21st) the Lionsgate marketing machine is in full swing. We rounded up a new TV spot and a featurette with commentary from Karl Urban and Pete Travis. You can also listen to the entire Dredd soundtrack. What a Dredd-full day! OK, yeah, the joke was pretty dreadful.

First up, is a short clip featuring Karl Urban as Judge Dredd reminding everyone he is the law. It’s not as profound as Sylvester Stallone’s comically slurred “I AM THE LAW” from his 1995 adaption of Dredd, but it serves the character well enough. [Via GeekTyrant]

Next up, is an exclusive Dredd featurette focusing on the character of Judge Dredd. Judge, Jury, Executioner, all that stuff. [CMB]

Oh, and here’s an interview with Karl Urban HeyUGuys!

Lastly, a week ago soundtrack samples were released for the Dredd 3D soundtrack from Limitless composer Paul Leonard-Morgan. But now thanks to the folks over at Digital Spy, you can listen to the full soundtrack for the film HERE.

Well, alright then. That’s it for Dredd stuff today. I for one, am fairly excited about this flick. I love the gritty visual style. And, it looks ultra violent. I think this is the Dredd comic fans deserve.

Here’s the films Synopsis:

The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.

During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.

 

 

 

The reboot/adaptation of the long-running Judge Dredd is fast approaching its release date.  It’s three more weeks to wait for Dredd here in the states and only a week if you happen to be in the UK (how come those bastards get everything early!?).  As is part of the game, the top crew are doing their usual marketing rounds to promote the film.  Alex Garland took this opportunity to jump into the 2000AD Online forum and let fans bombard him with their questions and concerns.

Being that he’s a big fan of the source material, Garland had quite a bit to say about the upcoming feature and many other subjects.  For the full (fairly long) interview you can check out 2000adonline.com.  For the Dredd-centered information, just look below.

The following is composed of what I thought to be the relevant bits, mixed up a bit to keep them in some sort of categorical order.  Enjoy.

What Garland had to say about adapting Judge Dredd for the big screen:

Honestly, adapting Dredd as a character was not hard.  He is so well defined by the comics.  There was no research.  I wasn’t looking to reinvent him.  And when I got stuff wrong, Wagner was at hand to put it right.

As for the tone, I did the same thing I always do, since I first started writing.  Which is basically to approach genre as if it is real.  For me, Dredd is in a continuum with 28 Days Later, not least because they were both filmed by the same guy.

I tried not to leave anything out about Dredd’s character, except I suppose that I imagined him a younger Dredd, pre the Cursed Earth walk (though that’s a loose imagining, and doesn’t stand up to much cross examination).  In terms of the city and the world, I was very content to avoid the overt comedy and overt satire – because I’m crap at it.  I’m sure it can be done, but I’m definitely the wrong person for the job.  I’m more comfortable with dry comedy and implicit satire.

About the proliferation of violent content in the film and whether that was an issue:

…there was a rumour many months ago about the violence needing to be toned down.  That particular rumour was not true.  All the financiers and distributors had read the script, and knew exactly what they were getting into.

About first getting involved in the film:

I started working on Dredd because Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich at DNA were smart enough to realise they could get the rights.  They then asked if I wanted to be involved, and I made it clear that if I wasn’t involved we would never speak again.

And about being in involved in a sequel:

There are some variables which would rule me out immediately.

But if he DID manage to get onboard, what he’d like to do with the dark judges:

I think I’d try to make them really scary.  Not play them for laughs.  Just make them totally malevolent and lethal.  And use practical effects where possible, except for Fire, which would be an on-set nightmare.

If my film-trilogy daydream was to play out, I would completely rewrite my original script for the Dark Judges – because it was junk – and start again.  And I’d make them deeply fucking weird and spooky, and sort of philosophical.  And if everyone hates that idea, relax, because it’ll never happen.

How he would approach a second film:

My tonal approach to a sequel would be the same.  But I’d definitely want to open out the story much more, within Mega City One, but also into the Cursed Earth.  And I would want to continue to exploring the character of Dredd.

If there is a sequel, I’m imagining spending about half the movie in the Cursed Earth, and I would try to come up with some new faces as well as some old ones.

I quite like the idea of Satanus.  But much more mutated.

But by the way, just so it has been said, I actually think that maybe the best way forward for Dredd is television.  American TV has completely rewritten the rule book where filmed drama is concerned.  Game Of Thrones/The Wire/Breaking Bad… An equivalent version of Dredd would be fucking great.  Imagine the epics…

And finally, about characters he might like to throw into future movies:

If I was involved in a second movie, it would be about origins and subversion, and Chopper would feature.  In fact, I think Chopper would start and end the story.  Apart from him, my rough plan involves Fargo, Giant, Angel Gang, and a version of Satanus.  For a trilogy, add Cal and the dark judges.  And Anderson would be in all three.  But… just to be clear, this is hugely speculative and also unlikely, for any number of reasons.

Dredd will be coming to our Western theaters on September 21st, and from the sound of what Garland has to say, might be worth taking a look at.

 

Thanks to bleedingcool for the info and 2000AD Online for getting Garland to spill his guts.

One of the big hooks in the upcoming Dredd 3D is the drug Slow-Mo. The drug allows it’s user to slow down their perception of things around them. You can expect to see a lot of this effect through out the movie.

Below are two videos, one is a mock PSA against the use of Slo-Mo, just say no kids, and the other is the featurette which looks at the film effects used.

This NerdBastard is really looking forward to this movie, how about you?

Dredd, directed by Pete Travis opens in 3D and 2D theaters on September 21. Alex Garland (28 Days Later) wrote the script, which stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey.

Lionsgate has begun the onslaught of Dredd 3D marketing and promotion this week with new clips and this new television spot for the upcoming release. There’s tons more on the way from the look of things. The movie stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey.

This movie looks to be all action and violence in true Judge Dredd style. This NerdBastard is truly hopeful for this version of the Dredd character. After watching everything available on the Internet there hasn’t been one clip of a witty quip, no banter, no Stallone type mugging to the camera. This could just be the Dredd movie fanboys . . . and girls have been waiting for.

The movie will be released in theaters on September 21st. If your there opening night in Atlanta Ga, look around you, this NerdBastard might just be in a seat next to you!

The Dredd production team’s marketing mavericks have put a new clip from the upcoming movie on the Internet. This is our first long look at the film’s villain Ma Ma, played by none other than Game of Thrones Cersi Lannister,  Lena Headey.

Lena has a history of playing smart, strong willed women that don’t take much crap from anyone. Just check out her prior roles, the Spartan Queen in 300 and Sarah Connor in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. 

Headey plays the drug lord Ma Ma in this latest film version of Judge Dredd. Ma Ma is the former prostitute who is now in complete control of a 200-story vertical slum. She rules this building with an iron hand, dealing her own version of justice and a new drug “Slo-Mo.” It’s a substance that allows users to experience reality at a fraction of normal speed.

Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) and rookie partner Cassandra (Olivia Thirlby) end up in Ma Ma’s building following a criminal suspect. The pair of judges don’t go unnoticed and Ma Ma puts out the word to the buildings inhabitants:

“Somewhere in this block are two judges. I want them dead. Until I get what I want, the block is locked down.”

Dredd hits theaters everywhere on September 21, 2013.

The Dredd production team put out a featurette on the Internet that contains some new footage and some interesting comments from star Karl Urban and the Judge Dredd creator John Wagner. Wagner got a sneak peek at the entire film and had this to say:

“I went up to London yesterday to see the completed Dredd film. I’ve had reservations about certain aspects of it, and made them plain to the team at DNA. All but one of them – a little quibble at the beginning – have been addressed. And what a lot they’ve added. Music is on the button. SFX are excellent. Filming is impressive. I’ve not seen a modern 3-D movie before but I like it. I found myself reaching out trying to touch things that were dancing before my eyes. Karl is a great Dredd and Olivia gets Anderson completely. This is Dredd as it should be done – true to character, visceral, unrelentingly violent (but not off-puttingly so). It will open, I believe, sometime in September. No doubt you’ll let me know what you think when you’ve seen it, but this has my recommendation.”


After watching the video this NerdBastard thinks they may have actually paid attention to the Judge Dredd characters, world, and the violent tone of the comics. I’ll be in a theater seat in September, how about you?

Dredd, directed by Pete Travis opens in 3D and 2D theaters on September 21. Alex Garland (28 Days Later) wrote the script, which stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey.