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Judge Dredd: Mega-City One to lay down the law in a new television series

05.10.2017

Holy hell, it's quite the afternoon for cool comic book-related announcements. Shortly after receiving word that brothers Donald Glover and Stephen Glover of ATLANTA fame will executively produce and write a DEADPOOL animated series for FXX, Entertainment Weekly has revealed that the independent entertainment studio IM Global in a partnership with games developer and publisher Rebellion are in the process of creating a TV show based on the comic book character Judge Dredd.

The show will be called JUDGE DREDD: MEGA CITY ONE, and will be set in a future where the East Coast of the U.S. has become a crowded and crime-ridden megalopolis. Rather than it being a Judge "Joseph" Dredd solo venture, the show will be presented as an ensemble drama featuring a team of judges - futuristic cops invested with the power to be judge, jury, and executioner – as they encounter the myriad challenges of a world in which east-coast cities have merged into a giant megalopolis. Despite its 22nd century setting, many of the issues they encounter will have echoes of those today – from the dangers of domestic terrorism to the tensions between the ultra-rich and the disenfranchised. 

Executive producing the series will be Stern, IM Global Television CEO Stuart Ford, and Jason and Chris Kingsley, who executive produced the 2012 feature film adaptation DREDD from, which was co-financed by Reliance Entertainment and IM Global. The show is already in the early development stages with acting talent to be officially announced soon.

When asked to comment on the upcoming project, Stern said, “This is one of those seminal sci-fi properties that seems to only become more relevant with age.  Not only is it a rich world with biting social commentary, but it’s also fun as hell!  As a fan of the comics and both films, it’s a dream come true to be able to work with Jason and Chris in adapting this for television.” 

Then, Jason and Chris Kingsley chimed in by saying, “We’re very excited to be beginning the journey to get more of Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One on the television screen. Thanks to the legions of fans who have kept up pressure on social media, and a lot of background work and enthusiasm, we aim to make a big budget production that will satisfy both our vast comics audience and the even greater general screen-watching public.”

The Judge Dredd character was created in 1977 by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra. Making his first appearance in the British science fiction anthology comic 2000 AD, Dredd is primarily known for his take-no-prisoners attitude toward achieving justice as well as his iconic upper-face-concealing helmet. In the past, the character has been adapted for big screen features a total of two times. Action superstar Sylvester Stallone portrayed the character in 1995's JUDGE DREDD, while Karl Urban represented the law-abiding future cop in 2012's DREDD - which was positively awesome and should have been granted a sequel, dammit!

So what do you think? Are you down for a JUDGE DREDD TV adaptation? I'll say this, if Dredd's new TV world is anything like what I've seen in the comics, you count me the hell in! In the meantime, I think I'll give DREDD another watch, which is available on Digital, DVD, and Bu-Ray now

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Extra Tidbit: Dredd's look was originally inspired by David Carradine’s character in the ultraviolent 1975 movie DEATH RACE 2000.

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2:30PM on 05/17/2017
LONG before Crichton, the Judge Dredd comics had a story with a cloned T-Rex gone wild
LONG before Crichton, the Judge Dredd comics had a story with a cloned T-Rex gone wild
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1:47PM on 05/11/2017

Midnight Surfer

Please please have an episode(s) with the Chopper/Midinight Surfer storyline in it.
Please please have an episode(s) with the Chopper/Midinight Surfer storyline in it.
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11:23AM on 05/11/2017
Even if it's about a team of judges, let's hope it won't have too much drama that would drown out Judge Dredd.
Even if it's about a team of judges, let's hope it won't have too much drama that would drown out Judge Dredd.
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9:22AM on 05/11/2017
Karl Urban has stated that he'd be completely on board for a Dredd tv show. This has to happen, otherwise the casting director will be shooting themselves in the foot!
Karl Urban has stated that he'd be completely on board for a Dredd tv show. This has to happen, otherwise the casting director will be shooting themselves in the foot!
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11:03PM on 05/10/2017
In hindsight, the Karl Urban version sucked. Karl Urban was awesome in it, but the movie still sucked. Yeah I said it.
In hindsight, the Karl Urban version sucked. Karl Urban was awesome in it, but the movie still sucked. Yeah I said it.
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11:02PM on 05/10/2017
Hell yeah! Could be better than a film sequel. There's tons of comic material to mine too. If the shows good enough, it could go on and on.
Hell yeah! Could be better than a film sequel. There's tons of comic material to mine too. If the shows good enough, it could go on and on.
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10:51PM on 05/10/2017
Great news, but it will depend on what network get's it. Hopefully it doesn't turn into a watered down version!
Great news, but it will depend on what network get's it. Hopefully it doesn't turn into a watered down version!
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10:20AM on 05/11/2017
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9:18PM on 05/10/2017
This is hypothetically great news, but which network picks it up will determine how excited I actually get. Netflix would be ideal, but given their tight relationship with Marvel, I don't see that happening. Amazon, FX, HBO, or AMC would all get me pretty jazzed though. Despite the comics reputation most issues of 2000 A.D. were pretty solidly PG-13 rather than R, so there's no reason it would have to be on a premium cable network.

If this winds up on Crackle or Epix some crap then I'll be
This is hypothetically great news, but which network picks it up will determine how excited I actually get. Netflix would be ideal, but given their tight relationship with Marvel, I don't see that happening. Amazon, FX, HBO, or AMC would all get me pretty jazzed though. Despite the comics reputation most issues of 2000 A.D. were pretty solidly PG-13 rather than R, so there's no reason it would have to be on a premium cable network.

If this winds up on Crackle or Epix some crap then I'll be thoroughly disappointed.
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7:54PM on 05/10/2017
Just please keep Karl Urban as Dredd.
Just please keep Karl Urban as Dredd.
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6:18PM on 05/10/2017

YES

Like The Punisher, I feel Judge Dredd is one of those comic book characters that will be much better served by a television show than by a movie (or movie series). I am 100% down for this, provided (like other schmoes have said below) it's on a proper channel like FX/FXX or Starz, and not on one of the larger broadcasters (CW, ABC, NBC, etc). Will wait and see, but optimistic!
Like The Punisher, I feel Judge Dredd is one of those comic book characters that will be much better served by a television show than by a movie (or movie series). I am 100% down for this, provided (like other schmoes have said below) it's on a proper channel like FX/FXX or Starz, and not on one of the larger broadcasters (CW, ABC, NBC, etc). Will wait and see, but optimistic!
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5:53PM on 05/10/2017
What a bad few months it has been for the future of sequels I actually wanted to happen. First Disney drops any interest in Tron 3, then yesterday instead of going with Hellboy 3 they decide for a reboot. And now any hopes (not that I had much to begin with) for a Dredd sequel are gone due to a tv show.
Instead, we can look forward to the 9th fast and furious movie, 4 Avatar sequels, and yet another Spider-man reboot.
What a bad few months it has been for the future of sequels I actually wanted to happen. First Disney drops any interest in Tron 3, then yesterday instead of going with Hellboy 3 they decide for a reboot. And now any hopes (not that I had much to begin with) for a Dredd sequel are gone due to a tv show.
Instead, we can look forward to the 9th fast and furious movie, 4 Avatar sequels, and yet another Spider-man reboot.
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9:24AM on 05/11/2017
I hear ya! Don't forget that TRON is also being rebooted, but using elements of the proposed TRON: Ascension story. This makes absolutely zero sense to me!
I hear ya! Don't forget that TRON is also being rebooted, but using elements of the proposed TRON: Ascension story. This makes absolutely zero sense to me!
4:58PM on 05/10/2017

KARL URBAN

Dear god please let it be Karl Urban
Dear god please let it be Karl Urban
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2:21PM on 05/10/2017

It all depends on what channel is putting this out

FX has a great track record right now for bringing quality dramas to our living rooms. Legion, Taboo, Atlanta, Fargo. I hope they get this show because it could be done really well. Any other place, like Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, CW will turn it into a shitty teen drama with no likable characters and a paint by numbers plot. If this doesn't go FX(X), Netflix or HBO then its dead on arrival.
FX has a great track record right now for bringing quality dramas to our living rooms. Legion, Taboo, Atlanta, Fargo. I hope they get this show because it could be done really well. Any other place, like Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, CW will turn it into a shitty teen drama with no likable characters and a paint by numbers plot. If this doesn't go FX(X), Netflix or HBO then its dead on arrival.
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9:30PM on 05/10/2017
I agree, it all depends on where it lands. FX would probably be my top choice too, followed by HBO, Amazon, Hulu, AMC, Showtime or USA (more or less in that order). I doubt Netflix will pick it up because of their deal with Marvel, but Amazon and Hulu both have produced quality sci-fi and are desperate for break out shows so this seems like it could be very appealing to them.
I agree, it all depends on where it lands. FX would probably be my top choice too, followed by HBO, Amazon, Hulu, AMC, Showtime or USA (more or less in that order). I doubt Netflix will pick it up because of their deal with Marvel, but Amazon and Hulu both have produced quality sci-fi and are desperate for break out shows so this seems like it could be very appealing to them.
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