Despite positive critic and fan reception, 2012’s Dredd failed to make back its budget and thus a sequel has never fully materialized. Star Karl Urban and producer Adi Shankar have both expressed an interest in some continuation of the film, an a television series has been rumored. Shankar even produced Judge Dredd: Superfiend, a re-interpretation of the character in the form of a violent Saturday morning cartoon set outside the continuity of the film, written and directed by Enol and Luis Pelayo Junquera. For most fans, it seemed the closest we’d ever get to a proper Judge Dredd continuation.
Entertainment Weekly has revealed that IM Global and U.K. games developer and publisher Rebellion are teaming up on a live-action Judge Dredd TV series titled Judge Dredd: Mega-City One. Mark Stern (Battlestar Galactica) and Stuart Ford (Hacksaw Ridge) are producing alongside Jason and Chris Kingsley, who were producers on Dredd. As it is in an early stage of development, actors and specific character details are currently unknown but will be announced in the future. What is known is that the series will feature Dredd and other Judges as they battle crime in Mega-City One, a post-apocalyptic, dystopian city-state that stretches the length of the entire U.S. East Coast.
The Kingsleys released the following statement in regards to the new series:
“We’re very excited to be beginning the journey to get more of Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One on the television screen. Thanks to the legions of fans who have kept up pressure on social media, and a lot of background work and enthusiasm, we aim to make a big budget production that will satisfy both our vast comics audience and the even greater general screen-watching public.”
As of yet, there is no word on if the series will be a spinoff of Dredd or not, but I imagine it wouldn’t be completely out of the question. With two of the original producers onboard and Urban recently expressing a wish for Amazon or Netflix to develop a series, they’d only need to call him and I’m sure he’d come knocking. Time will tell where the issue lands, and if this project will even make it past the scripting stage. I am sincerely hoping that it will.
Source: Screen Rant