Ever since the gnarly and sadly underrated Dredd movie from way back in 2012, many including this writer had been eager to view a sequel with Karl Urban’s fine jawline on the big screen. While that was sadly never in the cards, Judge Dredd is getting his day in court again, this time on the small screen to boot. Rebellion Developments, the game publisher who has owned the rights to Dredd and the larger 2000 AD comic book universe since 2000, announced Wednesday that it is partnering with IM Global Television to produce a television series called Judge Dredd: Mega City One.
The new series is described as a drama focusing on a team of street judges, law enforcement officers who act in a dystopian future as judge, jury, and executioner of criminals. The series is set in a grim 22nd century where the eastern seaboard of the United States has morphed into one giant sprawling metropolis called Mega City—the last refuge for law and order on an otherwise smoldering cinder. The series is also promised to deal with modern problems in its futuristic setting, including domestic terrorism and the tensions between the super-rich and disenfranchised.
“We’re very excited to be beginning the journey to get more of Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One on the television screen,” said Rebellion owners Jason Kingsley and Chris Kingsley. “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.”
Latest Judge Dredd: Mega City One News
IGN has revealed concept art for Judge Dredd: Mega City One, and it looks appropriately noirish. They also show that the overpopulation of Mega City One will make Blade Runner look like a cozy paradise since the first image of the “Democracy March” shows even the suspension bridges in the sky are overcrowded. You can also see in the background that the people pollution has even drowned out the Statue of Liberty.
The second image, meanwhile, revels in the city’s grimey underbelly, complete with an apparent lowlife’s arrival in the city’s dark and high-contrasted shadows.
Judge Dredd: Mega City One Cast
Karl Urban recently appeared at Star Trek‘s Las Vegas convention to chat about a whole bunch of things, which inevitably ended up including his possible links to Judge Dredd: Mega City One, the planned TV continuation of the 2012 cult classic movie featuring the 2000 AD antihero.
Urban revealed that “I am in discussions with them about that. I told them that if they write the material and give Dredd something to do and give him a function, I will be there. I would love to.”
Though Pete Travis’ Dredd performed poorly in cinemas, it gained further popularity on its home release, and fans of both the film and John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s character have been championing a return to Mega City One ever since.
More as this develops.
Judge Dredd: Mega City One Trailer
A video was released to explain how this may be the most exciting—and lasting—attempt to put Dredd in live-action yet.
Video of Judge Dredd: Mega-City One TV show announced
Judge Dredd was previously portrayed onscreen by Sylvester Stallone in an ill-fated 1995 action movie and again by Urban in the 2012 cult classic. The character and his universe were created by John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, and Pat Mills in 1977’s 2000 AD #2.
Judge Dredd: Mega City One Release Date
No release date has been set for Judge Dredd: Mega City One. Our guess is that it’s still a ways away as the show is currently in early development.
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