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After 2012s Dredd saw our favorite judge, jury, and executioner get the cinematic treatment he deserved, it was heartbreaking to accept that it just didn’t generate enough box office receipts to greenlight a sequel. However, in the years since, the cult of Dredd has continued to grow, which made the prospect of a new outing for Mega City’s bad ass lawman seem like a slim – but not impossible – pipe dream. Well, it looks like dreams do come true, as the Judge will be returning to our screens in a brand new TV series.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Judge Dredd: Mega City One is currently in development, with involved talent set to be announced at a later date. That said, we do know that IM Global and games studio Rebellion are teaming up to bring the project to life, but for now, we’ll just need to be patient until more details are released.
Those who are familiar with the Dredd comics or the previous films will have a good idea of what to expect. Set in the futuristic metropolis of Mega City One, the story follows a group of enforcers, known as Judges, whose duty it is to uphold the law by any means necessary. Sometimes, as to be expected, things get violent.
Rumors of a Judge Dredd TV series have been circulating the grapevine for years, with Amazon, Netflix and HBO all being linked as a possible home for the show. Earlier this year, Rebellion told Pocket-lint that television was the likely route for the character’s next onscreen iteration and that an announcement could be made as soon as this year. Well… now we have. Exciting, right?
I couldn’t be happier about this. A futuristic crime drama set in the Dredd universe has all the ingredients for an excellent series. Television is an excellent route. Furthermore, even though the star of the 2012 film, Karl Urban, hasn’t been attached to this project yet, he has stated in the past that he’d be interested. As much as I love Stallone’s 1995 abomination, Urban is Dredd and deserves to reprise the role.