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…)
The Dreddproduction 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.
Many comic book creators aren’t happy when their creations are not properly translated into films. Just look at Alan Moore: three years later and he’s still pissed off about Watchmen. So when fans of 2000 AD‘s Judge Dredd heard the comic book character was being remade in the upcoming Dredd, people were worried about what John Wagner would think.
The man helped create the UK’s best known home-grown comic character so he’ll be the one to determine if this would become another Sylvester Stallone travesty. Having already seeing a completed version of the Karl Urban reboot, fans can rest easy because Wagner has a verbal hard-on for this flick. He doesn’t just love it – if Wagner could marry the film he’d already be having the honeymoon right now.
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.
This international fan site for Karl Urban has posted an animated GIF that shows actual footage from the upcoming movie. It’s pretty short but really shows the something that could spell out the violent tone of the movie. If your a Judge Dredd Comic book fan then you know that graphic violence is part of the joy that is Dredd. After Stallone’s mutilation of the franchise this NerdBastard is hoping that Urban and company can really pull this off. Dredd deserves a good treatment.
DREDD takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot – if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Peter Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.
Dredd stars Karl Urban ( Star Trek), Olivia Thirlby (Juno), and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones). The film opens in 3D September 21st.
Slowed Down Clip
What do you think of this clip of “Street Justice” that Judge Dredd and company are serving out? Was the guy double parked, or maybe he didn’t curb his dog. Tell NerdBastards what crime you think he committed in the comments section below.
The young teenage me loved Sylvester Stallone’s 1995 film ‘Judge Dredd‘. Of course, that was before I knew any better. Before I knew that Judge Dredd was a comic. Before I knew that unimaginative movie executives and talentless hack filmmakers took a liking to making idiotic and inappropriate liberties with nerd properties. After a few years of misspent youth I quickly realized that Stallone and crew clearly demonstrated only a vague familiarity with the source material. They failed to deliver the the dark satirical elements of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s series. And, don’t even get me started on the whole removal of the helmet… and Rob Schneider. Oi!
Anyways, you wanna see a 1 minute fan film that is better than the entire Sly Judge Dredd film?
This teaser trailer for a 15 minute 2000 AD/Judge Dredd based Fan Film (By Steven Sterlacchini with some shockingly good-looking costumes by Daniel Carey-George of Custom Creations ) is about a rather obscure character created by John Wagner and Mike Mike McMahon, Judge Minty.
An aging Judge who is forced to ‘retire’ from the streets, mainly it seems because he has become too compassionate. He chooses to take ‘The Long Walk’ into the Cursed Earth, there “to take law to the lawless”. The film will be based around his first experiences in the radioactive wastes.
Watch the work-in-progress below
The one minute tease of Steven Sterlacchini’s work in progress is an impressive, well polished, stunning, gorgeous piece of cinematic splendor. Only one minute long and it’s far and above better than the travesty that was Sly Dredd.