Dredd 2 is not happening with Alex Garland, but could it with someone else?

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

The “will they or won’t they?” saga of DREDD 2 continues. Every few months we hear something positive about a potential DREDD sequel, only to have that hope squashed a few months after that. Today, we’re dealing with the latter kind of update – though it does come mixed with a slight bit of optimism.

DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland, out promoting his upcoming sci-fi thriller EX MACHINA, gave the bad news to IGN that he won’t be involved with a DREDD 2, but he does say someone else might go for it:

As far as I’m concerned? Yeah it is [dead]. My hope is, and I actually think this will happen – somebody else will do it. Not to be all coy and silly about it, but I think our film was better than the first one, right? Just to be blunt. And the job of the next people is to make their film better than ours. And then if they do that, then finally, maybe this character will break out in the way that it deserves to. But we’ll see.”

When asked about the petition going around in support of getting the film made, Garland bluntly lets it be known that it’s likely all for naught:

It makes me feel sad really. I feel grateful to the people who’ve attempted to get a sequel off the ground. And sorry that actually what happened was we let them down. Because the reality is that a film needs to acquit itself. It shouldn’t need a petition. And the truth is if it gets to the point where it needs a petition, it’s in big trouble anyway. That’s the cold hard reality of it. I feel a sense of residual guilt. It’s quite strong actually; it’s not that residual. Dredd was a very, very hard movie to work on, for all sorts of different reasons, and the reward would have been at the end of it that it all worked out. But it didn’t all work out. That’s the reality.”

That said, he does offer a small peek into what might have been:

The first film we made it for about $35m, although quite a lot of that was to do with shooting it in 3D. Or a chunk of it. And we managed to make that film for that budget by locking it in a building essentially, sort of Die Hard-style. In the second film it was going to go out into the desert, which would be The Cursed Earth – people who know the comic book would know immediately what that means. And maybe throw some money at some key sequences. That’s how you do it I guess. I think we could have made it for another $30m, $35m type thing. We could have made it for $30m if we shot it in 2D. $35m maybe 3D I guess. Of that order. But the third one that would have been more expensive, because it would have been going back to the city and maybe bringing in some Dark Judges or something like that.”

That’s all for now, but stay tuned: I’m sure we’ll hear that it’s “closer than ever to happening!” in the not-too-distant future.

Source: IGN

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