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Screenwriter Alex Garland has a loose three movie plan for the world of Judge Dredd

Jul. 9, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg
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DREDD, after (or perhaps because of) much rumor, doubt, and speculation, is currently sitting pretty at #4 on our list of Most Popular Upcoming Movies.  Which is proof positive that there's a whole mess of Schmoes out there suitably intrigued and excited to see what September has in store for us on the Judge Dredd front. I'm firmly entrenched along side them, and now that I've heard what screenwriter Alex Garland (28 DAYS LATER, SUNSHINE) has in mind for the future of Mega City One and the Judges within I'm all the more excited to slap down my money and do my bit to make sure his ideas happen.

When speaking just a day or two ago at the London Film and Comic Con, what follows is what Garland said regarding what it will take to make DREDD a hit and what might happen if it is. 

"We’ll see a sequel if the gross is above $50 million in the US. It’s a simple financial equation. We’re an independent movie… In terms of Dark Judges, I wrote Death into this script, but it didn’t feel right for the first film. I thought it felt right but after about 16 drafts and it really didn’t work out. I needed to have set up the city and Dredd first before taking on what is essentially a riff on the Judges. You need to know what the Judges are before you can subvert them. I wrote a second script which was about Dredd going out to the Cursed Earth. That was rejected for similar reasons. If they want to make sequels, I’ve got a story that goes from this one into the origins of Dredd and the city. Then the third one has would have a strange, existential attack from the Dark Judges."

So Dredd fans, what do you think of Garland's plans? And is a $50 million take possible for this gritty, grimy, and violent Sci-Fi story starring Karl Urban as Judge Dredd and Olivia Thirlby as the rookie Judge Anderson when it releases on September 21st?

Olivia Thirlby in orange

Olivia Thirlby can judge my Anderson anytime.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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5:05AM on 07/10/2012

Deaaaaattthhhhh

The Dark Judges are fantastic. I still have the original comics. It's true that the world needs to be created before it can be subverted.
The Dark Judges are fantastic. I still have the original comics. It's true that the world needs to be created before it can be subverted.
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7:40PM on 07/09/2012
Great plans indeed, and I hope the first one won't disappoint and will be a commercial success. We need more violent action movies. So far the film smells good the 1990s. And the whole ''ultraviolent drug gang'' attacking the badass officer of the law in an industrial environment has a Robocop feel to it. I really liked the trailer.
Great plans indeed, and I hope the first one won't disappoint and will be a commercial success. We need more violent action movies. So far the film smells good the 1990s. And the whole ''ultraviolent drug gang'' attacking the badass officer of the law in an industrial environment has a Robocop feel to it. I really liked the trailer.
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8:50AM on 07/09/2012
Normally I would say $50m for this type of movie was impossible, at least domestically. but numbers have been high lately. Although there is some buzz about this, read the comments on the trailers so far. They arent that enthusiastic. I like Urban and I like the idea of Dredd but i don think anything they have shown so far is worth banking 2 sequels on.
the Slo Mo drug angle is setting up for some fun visuals (and we all know Dredd will take some to help him save the day in the end) but
Normally I would say $50m for this type of movie was impossible, at least domestically. but numbers have been high lately. Although there is some buzz about this, read the comments on the trailers so far. They arent that enthusiastic. I like Urban and I like the idea of Dredd but i don think anything they have shown so far is worth banking 2 sequels on.
the Slo Mo drug angle is setting up for some fun visuals (and we all know Dredd will take some to help him save the day in the end) but this story looks to be really small and may be too small for audiences looking to really get into this character and his world.
Im keeping this neutral because I love the idea of comics on film but Im not holding out hope for Judge 2 and 3
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12:22PM on 07/09/2012
wow, what great plans. Already thinking about two sequels. That would mean Judge Dredd would become a trilogy, that's so unique! I'm glad not every possible franchise movie is announced as the first of a trilogy.
wow, what great plans. Already thinking about two sequels. That would mean Judge Dredd would become a trilogy, that's so unique! I'm glad not every possible franchise movie is announced as the first of a trilogy.
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10:35AM on 07/09/2012

Andris

I root for Karl Urban but I don't think DREDD will be a hit or even a good movie. I will check it out anyway but judging by the trailer, it looks like a direct-to-video movie. In scale and visuals it has nothing against the old Stallone movie. However bad that was, the visuals (art direction/set design) were top notch. Stil, this new Dredd can surprise me, and they might have a chance to collect that $50 Million...
I root for Karl Urban but I don't think DREDD will be a hit or even a good movie. I will check it out anyway but judging by the trailer, it looks like a direct-to-video movie. In scale and visuals it has nothing against the old Stallone movie. However bad that was, the visuals (art direction/set design) were top notch. Stil, this new Dredd can surprise me, and they might have a chance to collect that $50 Million...
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12:22PM on 07/09/2012
But what if it makes more than $100 million outside of the states? Can see this not doing well in the US but performing better in Europe.
But what if it makes more than $100 million outside of the states? Can see this not doing well in the US but performing better in Europe.
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