Judge Dredd Reboot Script Review and Main Plot Details

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Someone has gotten their hands on the script for the upcoming “Judge Dredd” reboot by 2000 A.D. and writer Alex Garland, and they’ve sent in a quickie review to the boys at What’s Playing. There are no real spoilers, but there are details about how the movie begins, the main bad guy, and where most of the film takes place.

Some quick hits:

The main characters are Judge Cassandra Anderson and of course, Judge Dredd. Anderson, a psychic Judge, is on a ride-along with Dredd, and it’s apparently her last chance to prove herself as worthy of being a Mega City One Judge.

The main villain is a drug pusher name Ma-Ma Clang, who pushes a new drug called Slo-Mo that slows down time for the user. (Excuses for bullet-time action, anyone?) Ma-Ma Clang works out of a complex called Peach Trees, where the Judges end up early in the film.

It’s at the Peach Trees complex where much of the action takes place, as the Judges find themselves locked in, with Ma-Ma Clang ordering their death.

And for those worrying, Dredd never removes his helmet in the script, and he does, indeed, utter the line, “I am the Law!”

The film will star Olivia Thirlby as Cassandra Anderson and Karl Urban as Judge Dredd. Pete Travis is directing.

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  • Juggernaut

    I understand that there is a boom in comic properties and that studios are scooping up whatever comics they can to adapt. But Judge Dredd?!?!?!? The fact that they even made they even made the first one still baffles me! But another one!!!

  • Juggernaut

    I understand that there is a boom in comic properties and that studios are scooping up whatever comics they can to adapt. But Judge Dredd?!?!?!? The fact that they even made they even made the first one still baffles me! But another one!!!

  • http://twitter.com/CeejayNightwing Ceejay Julien

    The first one was bad, really bad becasue of the miscasting and terrible script. This one seems just as badly miscast and badly conceived. Karl Urban is a great actor but he’s not Judge Dredd, not remotely! They should have concentrated on one main character and not two as that only divides the attentions of the joe public moviegoers. They’ll find Anderson a more easier character to relate to than Dredd so he’ll only come off as negative, not what you want when you aim to reboot a franchise! The whole slo-mo drug thing is also a big turn off as its silly.

    They should have gone with Ray Stevenson (The Punisher, Book of Eli, Rome) as Judge Dredd, he looks way more suited for the part both physically and with his voice. They should have used a less scene stealing sidekick for the movie with Dredd having to usher in a Cadet like Judge Giant, someone expendable so he won’t steal the limelight yet still be easy for the audience to relate to. And as a Story they should have chosen something like the block wars with the soviet spy poisoning the water supplies to invoke the chaos.

  • Vineland

    I don’t think an American version of Judge Dread will ever work unless they really take into account the culture it was born out of. Thatcherite Britain was a nasty time we still pay for today. People stuffed into high rise council flats, increasing taxes and unemployment, race riots etc, etc. We saw Mega City 1 as a projected vision of London at the time. As children, Judge Dread was our way of laughing at all that in a very grim way. A post apocalyptic fascist nightmare which has a dark streak of ironic humour.

  • Jravelo2

    dammit jim, I AM THE LAW!

    ahahaha. but i am looking forward to seeing how karl urban will do here.

  • Gm_rj

    Dread… again…. Why? Aren’t you sick of remakes? I am.

    • Rey

      not a remake, but a new REAL adaptation of the comic. Forget the last one.

  • Gm_rj

    Dread… again…. Why? Aren’t you sick of remakes? I am.

  • Gm_rj

    …. And bad Sequels.

  • Rey

    Karl Urban ?… humf… Bad idea, he has not the good face.

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

      Sure he does. Even though his eyes and brow will be covered if you look at him in “Lord of The Rings” and “Chronicles of RiddicK” he basically scowled through those movies. Throw the helmet on him and have him scowl and he’ll be perfect.