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New Judge Dredd Movie

(From IMBD News)

Comic book movie Judge Dredd is to return for a sequel - 13 years after the futuristic anti-hero was portrayed by Sylvester Stallone.

The rights have been bought up by DNA films, the production company behind several of British director Danny Boyle's movies, including last year's Sunshine and 2002's 28 Days Later.

The news was announced on the official 2000Ad website, the comic book on which the film was based, according to Moviehole.net.

Jason Kingsley, CEO and creative director of the comic book franchise, says, "We can't give away too many details at this point, but we're looking forward to working with DNA Films to bring Judge Dredd back to the big screen."

It is not yet known whether Stallone will reprise the title role.


I can't imagine Sly will be recast as Dredd.

My over riding memory of the film was seeing it in Manchester back in '95 when I was "escaping London and life" for a few months and then getting homesick as almost every crowd scene had people I knew from Slimelight or other areas of the London Clubland in them!

Will be looking forward to seeing how the new film develops and with Rebellion  and DNA Filsm behind it I reckon it'll be a big improvement on the '95 film.


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Dec. 22nd, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Well I'm interested to see that, I really quite liked the Dredd movie with Stalone.
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:36 pm (UTC)
The only thing that made the Stallone film enjoyable was if you managed to completely forget it was supposed to be Judge Dredd. (He should NEVER have taken his helmet off - but then that's the problem with casting a big Hollywood name - the studio wants to see the talent's face! Apparently, a similar thing happened with Mel Gibson in The Man Without A Face. In the original script he was supposed to have burns over his entire face, but then they argued what was the point of paying for a top name if you can't even see his face, so they resorted to burning just half his face, even though Mel Gibson was happy to have his entire face covered.)

Anyway, Danny Boyle is a good director although I really didn't rate Sunshine (brilliantly directed, utterly pointless story, however). Hopefully, however, he'll have the vision to make it dirty and gritty like you imagine it all to be when you're reading it, and have the vision not to hire some huge star who will be required by the studios to remove his helmet.
Dec. 22nd, 2008 11:39 pm (UTC)
Danny Boyle hasn't been confirmed to be involved with the film - it's just the company that has produced a few of his films is involved. It may mean he's there too - but I've not seen/heard any confirmation that may be the case though.

I agree with Sunshine - didn't like it and thought the film fairly pointless.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 12:50 am (UTC)
There is no way Sly's been on the stookies.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)
I vote for Ron wossisname who played Hellboy, i think he could do it.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 10:33 am (UTC)
Dec. 23rd, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
That's the er, bunny.
Dec. 23rd, 2008 10:22 am (UTC)
There's a great Dredd movie waiting to be made....but the first one wasn't it. It looked good, but swiftly degenerated into just another over-budgeted shoot-em-up, with Stallone lumbering around looking sweaty in a vest. If they'd stuck a bandanna on his head, it could've been Rambo Goes To Town.

One thing that was significantly missing was the humour. The original strips throw in a one-liner every few frames, but the movie ditched almost all of that. I think the only really witty line came from a robot, trundling along selling grisly porridge-type stuff door to door, and announcing as it went:

'Eat artificial food! It's good for the environment! And OK for you!'

It's coming to something when the best line in the movie is spoken by a bit-part robot!
Dec. 23rd, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
I thought that the first film was such wasted opportunity.

Hasn't Stallone massively repudiated Dredd as one of those movies that typecast him as a tub of muscle with a gun? he's not going to do it again. Perlman is a good suggestion.

I think Dredd is too straightforward a character to carry an interesting story for an entire movie. he's a straight man you need the right character to play off against him - and I don't mean that tw@ Rob Schnieder

The overarching plot should be the Dark Judges, and the struggle of Judge Anderson.

(though i thought they missed a trick by not doing this in the first one as it would have tied right into the Xfiles gold rush e.g Judge Anderson as a psi-capable Scully-type character)

main reason - the CGI to do the Dark Judges is now available and relatively cheap.

Act 1 - Introduce Mega City One and Dredd in action (but not burning a decades worth of plotlines in a 5 minute sprees, Block War anyone, ) need some quality control as not everything in the comic will translate to the screen e.g. avoid the silly aspects of the Lawgiver.

I agree that there should be more 'dark' humour e.g. Dredd pulls up on a lawmaster outside Gary Glitter Block, fatties with belly wheels, Umpty Candy 'drug' bust and so on.

you could even start it as a COPS style documentary, "Hitting the expressway with the Judges"

Assume that Mega Cities are needed because of eco catastrophe - not nuclear war, but resist the urge to explain bloody everything (London, England-style), leave references so the fans can smirk to themselves, and so that it doesn't matter for the casual watcher.

there is a potential for even more effortless social comment on our times than when it was written - e.g. gridlock, living in constantly moving cars, prison on a traffic island, universal surveillance, slide into a police state

Act 2 - insert quantum universe hand-waving to allow Dark Judges access to our dimension.

Act 3 reign of terror of dark judges

Act 4 Redemption - Dredd leads the fightback and wins. Might have to get a better ending than sticking anderson in a coffin made of "Boingo" or whatever it was called.

job done. millions of $ in the bank. and a good film to watch
Dec. 23rd, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
A new Dredd film?

I'm frightened.

More than I am by the Whosical.
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