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!
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!
As the release date for Dredd (September 21st) creeps slowly closer we can expect more and more teasers, trailers, and stills from the production. Today NerdBastards has 13 new Dredd production stills courtesy of JoBlo.com.
Dredd, directed by Pete Travis, stars Karl Urban, Lena Headey, and Olivia Thirlby is a world where:
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.
Check out the new stills below and then watch the trailer released at SDCC2012.
The first full trailer for the upcoming Judge Dredd reboot “Dredd” has hit the Internet and now the tables have turned and “Dredd” will be the one judged, jury-ed, and sentenced.
This NerdBastard has been pretty excited about Karl Urban donning the helmet, the badge, and the shoulder pads of Judge Dredd. Urban is a great casting choice with that chin and voice.
The story seems almost tailored to make a video game out of it. Judge Dredd must enter a 200 level building controlled by one woman at the top who wants him dead.
This NerdBastard is still really excited about this movie, but after watching the trailer, is feeling a little concerned. The trailer falls just short of grabbing hold of me and taking me into the world of Dredd, maybe it’s just my high expectations.
What do you think about this trailer and Dredd?
“Dredd” is written by Alex Garland, directed by Pete Travis, starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey. “Dredd” opens in theaters across the U.S. on September 21.
Karl Urban is throwing out the throaty dialogue that Judge Dredd fans expect in this teaser trailer, the full trailer hits the Internet tomorrow, and even this short look paints a grim picture of Dredd’s violent world and . . .
This NerdBastard couldn’t be happier!
This reboot looks to cleanse the “Dredd” palate of that Stallone and Rob Schneider aftertaste. Don’t get me wrong, there’s been many a Sunday afternoon that this NerdBastard has found himself watching Stallone’s Judge Dredd movie and not changing the channel. Max von Sydow is great in it and Rob does some of his best comedic work to date, but it still leaves a Dredd fan with a hole in the gut that never seems to get filled. Perhaps this reboot will fill that hole.
Dredd takes place on a fictional Earth created as a result of the Atomic Wars. Survivors of this period are living in Mega-Cities, which protects its citizens from the Cursed Earth, a radioactive desert environment populated by mutants. The main story takes place in Mega-City One, where the police who are now called judges have the power to use police brutality to some extent to fight extreme murders. One man, Judge Dredd (Karl Urban), a senior law enforcement officer, teams up with a cadet called Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) to track down a terrorist organization lead by Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), who is responsible for selling a reality-altering drug called Slo-Mo.
We’re in the final stretch before “Dredd” hits theaters on September 21, 2012 and the marketing surrounding the Judge Dredd reboot is heating up with the release of the first poster and some additional production stills.
Karl Urban in full judge gear, shrouded by shadow makes a great first movie poster, don’t you think? This NerdBastard hopes this foreshadows a minimalist look at the character of Judge Dredd. That’s what will make this film great, Dredd doing what Dredd does without all the fancy hoopla. Dredd bringing the LAW to Mega City One with a gun and a Lawmaster.
In a violent, futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner, a cop teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO.
Everything so far has gotten this NerdBastards’ hopes up about this film. What about you, are you looking forward to this or dreading another Stallone like flop?
Lena Headey has quite the role in the upcoming reboot (Lords of Kobol! I hate even recognizing that Stallone EVER made a Dredd movie.) of the Judge Dredd comics titled Dredd starring Karl Urban.
Lena plays the part of Madeline ‘Ma-Ma’ Madrigal.
“She’s a prostitute who then kills her pimp and takes over his drug-running business,and Ma-Ma is a bit of a man-hater.”
Dredd takes place in Mega City One, one of the few remaining quasi-civilized cities on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most well known and feared Judges. Street level officers of the law with the power to enforce and sentence offenders on the spot – lethally if necessary. Living in this violent world, ‘Ma-Ma’ does what she has to. Lena went on to describe the character:
“I think of her like an old great white shark who is just waiting for someone bigger and stronger to show up and kill her,” continues the “Game of Thrones” star. “She’s ready for it. In fact, she can’t wait for it to happen. And yet no one can get the job done. She’s an addict, so she’s dead in that way, but that last knock just hasn’t come. This big, fat, scarred shark moving through the sea and everyone flees and she’s like, ‘Will someone just have the balls to do it? Please?‘”
This NerdBastard won’t have much trouble accepting her as a bad person. I’ll just think of Cersi and take away all her families money. Although we have not seen a trailer or clip for Dredd yet, the stills are looking good. That gritty, violent look and feel that the Judge Dredd comics have always had seems to be coming through in the film.
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.
Late last week, we brought you the news that Dredd director Pete Travis had been pushed out of post-production and producer/writer Alex Garland would be the one to put the finishing touches on the project. At the time, the details were vague and we were left with speculation till the official word came out. Well, the official word is out, and guess what… It’s vague and leaves us with just speculation!
In a joint statement to the LA Times, Garland and Travis has this to say:
Word has it there is trouble in Mega-City One, and it’s not Angel Gang. The LA Times is reporting that director Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Omagh, Endgame) has been pushed off the project due to “creative disagreements with producers and executives.” Writer/producer Alex Garland is reportedly now in control of the movie which is currently in post-production. While details are mostly vague, the report that re-shoots might happen but doesn’t say who would direct them, should they happen.
I wouldn’t be to worried at this point. While post-production can and usually is critical to the final product, it won’t cripple the movies completion. That and well, the report is vague at best, if and when something more official breaks for news on this, we’ll have it for you.
Rest assured that no matter what. This movie will be made and it will be better than Sly Stallone’s “Judge Dredd”, right? Please say it will, I can’t sit through another 90 minutes dreading Dredd.