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Judge Dredd comic creator declares: don't dread Dredd!

Jan. 20, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg
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IntenseDreddWriter John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra brought Judge Dredd to life back in 1977 for the British science fiction comic anthology 2,000 AD, and the comic has been running ever since.  The very general world-definition goes something like this:  Dredd is a part of the uniformed "Judges," American law enforcement officers in a violent and broken futuristic city.  "Judges" are empowered with the right to be police, judge, and jury.  And executioner.  

An adaptation called DREDD has been filming with Karl Urban (LOTR, RED) as Judge Dredd and Olivia Thirlby (JUNO, THE DARKEST HOUR) as his sidekick-of-sorts Judge Anderson.  Scripted by Alex Garland (SUNSHINE, 28 DAYS LATER) and directed by Pete Travis (VANTAGE POINT), there have been a few whisperings of trouble but all seems yet on track for the 3D movie's September 21st release date.  As far as DREDD goes, Wagner shared:

"The plot is about Dredd and his world. It’s impossible to cover every aspect of the character and his city – perhaps that was one of the failings of the first film; they tried to do too much and ended up with not a lot. “Dredd” homes in on the essential job of judging – instant justice in a violent future city. I like the actors, they’re well cast and they handled their parts well. Olivia Thirlby is perfect as Anderson, the young psi judge. She gives the character a touching vulnerability. Karl Urban will not remove his helmet and will not kiss his costar."

And as for the equally-reviled-by-critics-and-fans-alike movie JUDGE DREDD which starred Sylvester Stallone that came out in 1995? Says Wagner:

"It didn’t have that much to do with Dredd the character as we know him. I don’t think Stallone was a bad Dredd, though it would have been better and lent him more cred if he hadn’t revealed his face... Some of the CGI was very good, and the re-creations of the Angel Gang and the robot. The robot actually came from a Pat Mills story and didn’t belong in Dredd, but it looked good. If the plot had revolved around characters like them the film would have been more successful."

Extra Tidbit: So ARE you dreading DREDD, or sufficiently intrigued by the creative team behind it? Fans of the comic, let us know!
Source: Hero Complex

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3:39AM on 01/23/2012

so cool!!! Urban no remove helmet.

i'm sold... but, with everything they listed about what made Judge Dredd "missfire" in 1995... the MAJOR culprit was Rob Schnider... Period.
i'm sold... but, with everything they listed about what made Judge Dredd "missfire" in 1995... the MAJOR culprit was Rob Schnider... Period.
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9:39PM on 01/20/2012
I actually liked the first film with Stallone, but I'm happy for them to do it again.
I actually liked the first film with Stallone, but I'm happy for them to do it again.
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4:21PM on 01/20/2012
I have high hopes this movie will undo all the harm Stallone did to this franchise. With the rate this planet's going down the shitter, a dystopian future is the only one that's believable to me.
I have high hopes this movie will undo all the harm Stallone did to this franchise. With the rate this planet's going down the shitter, a dystopian future is the only one that's believable to me.
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1:34PM on 01/20/2012
I too, trust Garland.
I too, trust Garland.
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9:10AM on 01/20/2012

Alex Garland FAN

With his script it already has an advantage.

Also, no Rob Schneider is another advantage.
With his script it already has an advantage.

Also, no Rob Schneider is another advantage.
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8:51AM on 01/20/2012

Awesome

No film adaptation will capture the sheer insanity of 2000ADs Mega City One, but I think a grim, dirty version will work very well. Dredd's stories have become darker and more intense in recent years, hopefully the new film will reflect that. The Stallone version was too camp and wasn't respectful enough of the source material, although as John Wagner said some elements were pretty good.
No film adaptation will capture the sheer insanity of 2000ADs Mega City One, but I think a grim, dirty version will work very well. Dredd's stories have become darker and more intense in recent years, hopefully the new film will reflect that. The Stallone version was too camp and wasn't respectful enough of the source material, although as John Wagner said some elements were pretty good.
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9:55AM on 01/20/2012
Capturing the ENTIRE Dredd universe would be impossible, but an excellently filmed snapshot? Totally doable.
Capturing the ENTIRE Dredd universe would be impossible, but an excellently filmed snapshot? Totally doable.
8:47AM on 01/20/2012
Movie is going to be great. The movie has too much talent to be anything else. Plus, it was written by the guy who wrote two great films already; 28 Days Later and Sunshine.
Movie is going to be great. The movie has too much talent to be anything else. Plus, it was written by the guy who wrote two great films already; 28 Days Later and Sunshine.
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