New Zealander actor Karl Urban starred five years ago the latest adaptation of the Judge Dredd character, in the surprisingly amazing Dredd (2012). And although the film grew a solid and wide fan base, the owners of the franchise confirmed a few months ago that the follow up of the Dredd adventures will be a TV series.
What first sounded as a disappointing fact, the fans can be happy to know that Karl Urban is in serious talks to reprise the role he played in the movie. In an interview with ComicBook, the actor admitted “I am in discussions with them about that. I told them that if they write the material and give Dredd something to do and give him a function, I will be there. I would love to”.
Judge Dredd was created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra in 1977. Its first appearing was in the second issue of British 2000 AD (1977), a weekly science-fiction anthology comic. He is the magazine’s longest-running character. Joseph Dredd is a law enforcement officer in the dystopian future city of Mega-City One in North America. He is a street judge, empowered to summarily arrest, convict, sentence, and execute criminals. Street Judges act as police, judge, jury, and executioner.
The character reached a big popularity with the 1990s adaptation for the big screen Judge Dredd (1995), where Sylvester Stallone played the title character. In the 2012 adaptation starred by Karl Urban, Dredd teams with a trainee to take down a gang that deals the reality-altering drug, SLO-MO. The movie is an ultra violent display of action and very impressive special effects that instantly bedazzled action film goers around the world.
The name of the TV series will be called Judge Dredd: Mega City One, and are expected to premiere in 2018. It is produced by IM Global Television and Rebellion Productions. The scripts are already in the works, while the producers are starting to ensemble the cast.
Check out here the trailer for Dredd (2012). I never get tired of it:
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