Judge Dredd Is Now Just Dredd, But It Comes With A Synopsis

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The upcoming adaptation of the “Judge Dredd” comics has now been retitled “Dredd”, this according to IM Global, one of the primary studios behind the film. They also released an official synopsis of the story.

“Dredd” takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders, and execute them on the spot – if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Peter Travis bring “Dredd” to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.

Changing the name is probably a good move, as there is a great deal of well-deserved animosity towards the 1995 Sylvester Stallone/Rob Schneider version of comic. This summary doesn’t tell you anything that fans of the series don’t already know, but it does reaffirm the commitment of everyone involved to stay true to the gritty, bleak tone of the book, instead of cartooning it up.

Olivia Thirlby (“Juno”) will play Urban’s sidekick, Judge Cassandra Anderson, a telepathic rookie. With a budget of $45 million, “Dredd” is scheduled to begin shooting, in 3D, later this year in South Africa.

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I think he’ll kill the role (in a good way). I mean he looked the part in “Chronicles of Riddick” and did nothing but scowl in Lord of The Rings, and proved he can be badass in “Doom” (even though that movie was horrid).

    • Brent

      The more I think about it, the more I tend to agree with you. I think Urban will be pretty badass as Dredd, and keeping the tone dark and grim like the comics will only benefit the movie.

      • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

        Exactly. I also feel had the original been a bit darker, had a better script, and no Rob Schneider it wouldn’t have sucked so bad. The look of the film was great.

  • Ribwich

    Clive Owen would have been perfect.

  • Ribwich

    Clive Owen would have been perfect.

  • sgt Ivan

    yes yes Clive Owen !!!!..
    u absolute right .. His face under that helmet rock n roll