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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.