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Dredd 2 is dead; could live on as a short

Mar. 27, 2013by: Kevin Woods
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The bad news: Dredd 2 is officially dead.

In an AMA on Reddit last week, DREDD 3D producer Adi Shankar killed the hopes of seeing a big-screen sequel to the box-office dud but fan-favorite that our own The Arrow described as a "no BS, action driven, stylish and violent as f*ck action/sci-fi film that kept on delivering the goods" (a very fitting description!). This is disheartening news to fans who had hoped that the films DVD/Blu-Ray sales and strong word-of-mouth could potentially generate interest in the sequel. As to why it will not happen Shankar stated...

It’s because the movie totally bombed & R-rated movies are a tough sell to begin with.

I like to think that the lax attempt at a proper marketing campaign by Lionsgate also hurt any chances of DREDD being a hit. You gotta admit, it wasn't pushed very hard at all.

But there may be some hope of seeing the Judge return, albeit in a different way.

The good news: DREDD could live on as a short, ala "Dirty Laundry".

Shankar shared that he is working on a Dredd short in the vein of the Thomas Jane-produced PUNISHER fan film, which Shankar also produced. No word on whether or not DREDD star Karl Urban would be donning the helmet again.

So with no DREDD 2 on the horizon the potential franchise is officially dead. For now. Let's just keep our fingers crossed that Lionsgate recognizes the fan interest in the property and decides to give it another shot.

 

Extra Tidbit: Who else could you picture in the DREDD role?
Source: MTV News

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10:26AM on 03/27/2013
I'd like to see a Dredd sequel only if it as good as the last Dredd movie. What I liked about Dredd (besides the crazy violence and slo mo effects, was that it was a compact story, it didn't try to do too much. And while the action was good the suspense and build up was even better. If they just make it all action or all exposition it will suck, might as well stick with a short. But if they have a compact story (which is how Dredd SHOULD be done) then a full on sequel would work for me. In
I'd like to see a Dredd sequel only if it as good as the last Dredd movie. What I liked about Dredd (besides the crazy violence and slo mo effects, was that it was a compact story, it didn't try to do too much. And while the action was good the suspense and build up was even better. If they just make it all action or all exposition it will suck, might as well stick with a short. But if they have a compact story (which is how Dredd SHOULD be done) then a full on sequel would work for me. In that last Dredd film, the Megacity world felt pretty genuine, nothing took you OUT of the story.
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2:09PM on 03/28/2013

love to see a short...dont see the point though.....

A. [link] absolutely correct about everything. you know why? cuz you have a witty handle. im glad you set us all straight on the truth of Dredd. youre so fucking cool.
B. i have no doubt urban would do a short.
C. where ''dirty laundry'' is cool, and id love to see more dredd...beyond facebook ''likes'' and youtube hits...there really isnt much of a point.
id like to see Alex Garland write novels based on his ideas for the now doomed sequels.
A. [link] absolutely correct about everything. you know why? cuz you have a witty handle. im glad you set us all straight on the truth of Dredd. youre so fucking cool.
B. i have no doubt urban would do a short.
C. where ''dirty laundry'' is cool, and id love to see more dredd...beyond facebook ''likes'' and youtube hits...there really isnt much of a point.
id like to see Alex Garland write novels based on his ideas for the now doomed sequels.
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12:57PM on 03/27/2013

Dredd is Dead, for the best

Blaming a movies failure on an R rating is bullcrap. The dvd/bluray sales are horrible as well. The movie was just generic. It did nothing special and the slow motion was a boring gimmcik. The gore and effects were great but the story, characters and setting was bland.
Blaming a movies failure on an R rating is bullcrap. The dvd/bluray sales are horrible as well. The movie was just generic. It did nothing special and the slow motion was a boring gimmcik. The gore and effects were great but the story, characters and setting was bland.
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