While Karl Urban has tried his best to keep interest alive in making a sequel to “Dredd” (much like Ron Perlman did for “Hellboy 3” before the property was rebooted), it will probably never happen…and the chances seem even slimmer now that the character is headed to TV.
IM Global and Rebellion are teaming up to develop “Judge Dredd: Mega City One.” It’s all very early stages for the project at the moment, and no names have been announced, but the film will be an ensemble drama that follows a team of Judges — futuristic cops invested with the power to be judge, jury, and executioner — as they encounter the myriad challenges of a world in which east-coast cities have merged into a giant megalopolis. Despite its 22nd century setting, many of the issues they encounter will have echoes of those today — from the dangers of domestic terrorism to the tensions between the ultra-rich and the disenfranchised.
Fans are already starting to tweet Urban for the lead role, but we’ll see what happens (I kinda doubt it, and I’d presume this project will be starting from a fresh page), but bringing the character to television, after it has failed twice now to capture success on the big screen, makes a lot of sense. And the opportunity to build out the world that Dredd rolls in may be the ingredient that finally brings some real success to the comic-book character.