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JUDGE DREDD calls reboot court into session

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By Rob M. Worley     December 11, 2008
Source: Judge Dredd Facebook Group

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Here's a character that's ripe for a reboot: 'Judge Dredd'. The mega-popular British sci fi character has had the Hollywood treatment once before in the 1995 film that starred Sylvester Stallone as the title character. The movie was bad enough to make Mania's Top 15 Worst Superhero Movies of all time.

Ever since 2002, Rebellion (who holds the rights to the character) has been working to relaunch the film franchise. Back then they had ambitious plans to film back-to-back Dredd movies, In 2003 Shorline Entertainment got involved to finance the films with an eye on going into production that year. It didn't happen.

Well, now it appears that there's a new plan for bringing the Judge back to the big screen. Edward Mazmanian, he of the many and varied comic book movie groups on FaceBook, has uncovered info at ShowBizData.com about this new development.

According to the info, which he's duplciated at the Judge Dredd Movie Group, the new film is a joint production between DNA Films and Fox Searchlight. Allon Reich ('28 Weeks Later) is producing. Alex Garland ('28 Days Later', 'Sunshine') is writing. The production is currently seeking a director.

With the current dominance of comic book movies, the time may be right for a Judge Dredd that truly captures the scale of the Megacities and the black humor of the comics.

What do you think? Are you looking forward to a Judge Dredd movie? Lets hear your dreamcasting suggestions! Post your comments below...


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monkeyfoot 12/11/2008 6:47:47 AM

When I first read a Dredd comic book I thought the idea was great and reminded me of the action, satire, and cynicism of the first Robocop movie (which I also liked). Stallone's movie was indicative of the times it was done and Stallone's action persona.: the look was right but it was all "blowt stuff up reel guud". which can be fine sometimes. His later movie Demolition Man was like that and I loved it. But I thought the original material for Dredd had much more to it.

Now does seem like the better time to do a Dredd movie. Today they are more loyal to the comic origins and with the gritty and real style for action movies today it would fit perfectly. But please keep the shaky cam shots to a minimum.

xenomorph 12/11/2008 7:58:18 AM

Just keep it true to the comic, give it a R rating, and make sure there is no rob shnider and the film will be fine.

livewiremaxx 12/11/2008 9:15:58 AM

I thought the first movie was a good one, just me maybe but I enjoyed it and have watched it many times over. I dont think it should have made thw worst top 15.  there were others that could have made it

hanso 12/11/2008 9:51:00 AM

If there is no Rob Schneider then what's the point of rebooting?  Schneidrer Stallone = Gold!!!

kwsupes 12/11/2008 9:51:34 AM

"I...am...the...LAW!" Sounds cool, I liked the first movie, but it was a cheesy 90s comic movie that they kind of mailed in. I would like to see what a seriously faithful rendition of the character would look like.

robbo 12/11/2008 11:12:28 AM

Hanso...check your private messages

Darkknight2280 12/11/2008 11:41:59 AM

I too enjoyed the original Dredd movie. Only thing i woul dhave changed would have been the over all plat about Dredd being framed. I would have liked to see him a JUDGE the entire movie and see him bust some heads in Costume! Love the Law-Giver in the film and the costumes were good. Bring on a reboot, just make it good, action packed and R rated!!!! I loves me some violence!

silversurfer 12/11/2008 11:57:35 AM

Judge Dredd is a distant cousin of Frank Castle....bring it.....just don't make it suck like The Punisher.

TheSleeper 12/11/2008 12:09:20 PM

 One of the worst comic book movies ever?  No, it just bombed at the box office.  Some people confuse box office performance with quality, and while there's a connection between the two, by no means is the relationship 1:1.

Dredd was fine for what it was, back in a time when Hollywood didn't realize that staying faithful to the source material might actually be a good thing.  They probably could do a much better job now, though.

vassago41301 12/11/2008 12:29:54 PM

The first movie blew harder than a broke hooker! Here's an idea: Don't cast someone unless you tell them they can't show their face. Dredd never shows his face hot dammit!  And get Simon Bisley to do all production design!

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