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.
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.
If you got to see the 1995 turdfest “Judge Dredd,” you might be interested that a new Judge Dredd is in the works. Well, it’s been in the works for a while. In fact, I think production wrapped a while ago. Maybe you’ve seen a few spiffy pics of Karl Urban (Star Trek, LOTR) as the Mega City lawman?
One hopes that this film will be closer in spirit to its comic book roots since the last one had, um, wait, I’ll think of something…okay, it had the helmet. Briefly.
In a recent interview with Total Films, Karl Urban says it will indeed be “harder, gritter’ and ‘faithful’. He also talks about hating on Stallone’s face. Here’s what Urban had to say:
If anyone is familiar with Dredd, over the years there are many times when he removes his helmet but you never fully see his face. This was a construct by the creators because he represents a faceless system of justice and law.
I say this hypothetically. If I went to a movie called Judge Dredd and the lead actor at one point took off his helmet so we could see his full face I would just puke in my popcorn because that’s not Dredd. He is mysterious and enigmatic. We’re doing it right, it’s gonna be harder, grittier and above all faithful to the comic. It’s gonna kick ass.
Glad to see someone’s being true to character and taking the role very seriously.
Director Pete Travis, ‘Judge Dredd” is set to be released on September 21th, 2012.
You see that menacing figure of justice and asskickery before you? That’s Karl Urban, in costume as the legendary Mega City lawman Judge Dredd.
The film is currently in production and is being directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point). As most of us know the original Judge Dredd downright sucked balls, you can’t even drink that movie pretty. Sylvester Stallone‘s version was terrible (though, I won’t lie. When he screams “I am the law!” it puts a smile on my face) but this new itteration of Dredd makes you want to quake your boots and admit to every crime you’ve ever done.
What do you all think of the new Judge?
Here’s the leaked plot synopsis for Judge:
In a future where Earth has become a radioactive wasteland, 98% of the Human Population is concentrated in the Mega-Cities, where the law is enforced by the Judges, a police force entitled to act as jury, judge and executioner. The best Judge there is is Dredd (Karl Urban), who operates in Mega-City 1.
One day, Dredd is assigned to train recruit Judge Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), who had previously failed the Judge Academy, but received a second chance for being a mutant with heightned psychic abilities that might be useful. The duo is deployed to investigate a triple homicide in the block of Peach Trees, a violent area ruled by Madeline “Ma-Ma” Madrigal (Lena Headey), a sadistic drug dealer who has put a new substance in the market: Slow-Mo, a drug that alters its user’s brain’s chemics, making it appear as if time is in slow-motion.
Dredd and Anderson discover about Slow-Mo and raid one of the dealing points, capturing one of Ma-Ma’s men in the process. In order to prevent him from being taken to the Judges’ headquarters, where he’ll surely crack under interrogation, she has her skilled team of Hackers cut Peach Trees of the grid and activate the Nuclear Attack continency program, isolating Peach Trees inside a titanium dome. Ma-Ma then puts a bounty on Dredd’s and Anderson’s heads: Either they die, or the dome doesn’t get lifted.
Completely stranded inside a hostile environment where everyone wants them death, Dredd and Anderson have to find a way to escape and put a stop to Ma-Ma’s plans before she is able to expand her turf over the other blocks, effectively becoming Mega-City 1’s number one drug dealer.
Hey bastards! Check out the very first pic of Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings, Star Trek) as Judge Dredd from the upcoming Dredd movie.
“They’re making a new Judge Dredd movie?” Yes bastards they are. 2000AD partnered last year with independent studio IM Global to bring a more faithful, R-Rated take on the Mega-City One lawman to the screen.
It is being promised to deliver everything the 1995 Sylvester Stallone version didn’t.
“The main thing about Dredd is that it’s a fantastic comic that was completely messed up 20 years ago,” producer Andrew Macdonald told Empire earlier this year. “Our idea is to make a very hard, R-rated, gritty, realistic movie of Dredd in Mega-City, so we’ve got to get the tone right. He’s not going to take off his helmet. His bike is going to feel real. He’s going to hit people and it’s going to feel real.”
Dredds face will never be seen in the movie and there will be no Rob Schneider. Double win.
Directed by Pete Travis from a screenplay by Alex Garland with concept illustrations provided by Jock and co-starring Olivia Thirlby as trainee Cassandra Anderson, “Dredd” will be distributed in the U.S. by Lionsgate.