Recent comments by Judge Dredd creator John Wagner have lead to floods of speculation regarding a sequel to Dredd 2012 or a reboot.
Neither is currently on the cards.
I’d be as excited as many other fans of Judge Dredd if a sequel was announced. The 2012 film is what turned this Dredd RPG Blog in to the Reviews Blog it is today.
I have read Judge Dredd in 2000AD since it started in Prog 2 in February 1977. I’ve read Judge Dredd Megazine since issue 1 in 1990. I help run Lawgiver, a Judge Dredd convention. I’m a big fan.
However I am very realistic about the future of Judge Dredd on the big screen.
John Wagner simply responded to a discussion started on his Facebook Page, see the edited screen print below for context.
That comment alone cannot be taken to mean that a sequel will soon be announced. That is just fans clutching at straws.
The story was picked up by Den of Geek, who in their article play down the hype. I concur that it seems very unlikely we’ll see another film with Karl Urban as Dredd. 2000AD shared the article on Facebook with a note of caution.
Back in March io9 broke the news that Alex Garland had told them (during a junket regarding Ex Machina) that a sequel was not going to happen with his team involved.
“So the support for the film is truly appreciated. But if there is going to be a sequel, it’s not going to be me and the team of people who worked on the previous film, it’s going to be another bunch of people. And good luck to them, and I hope it happens. I really do. I hope they do a better job than we did.”
Karl Urban has repeatedly said he would like to reprise the role if a sequel were to come about. However more than a star is required to make a film.
I don’t know how long the option on screen rights for Judge Dredd will remain with DNA. That’s something that is between them and Rebellion (owners of 2000AD and Judge Dredd IP). But without money there won’t be a script and without a script there won’t be money.
It is that straightforward. The film didn’t do well at all in the Box Office, yes sales of DVD & Blu-ray have gone well but it is Box Office that counts for a sequel. If the film had scored big at the Box Office in USA a sequel would have been confirmed without a script. However with success only in after sales a script, stars, director, etc would all need to be pareded before investors to get the money. That all costs money. below it is explained by Adi Shankar.
At some point another Judge Dredd film may well happen. However I think realistically we could have quite a wait on our hands.
Some fans, me included, think a more marketable option would be for someone like Netflix to get on board and make a TV series. There is always a possibility that Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby might be up for a TV series so recasting might not be required.
Judge Dredd would also be a prime candidate for a fully animated series. In an animated series a Comic accurate look would cost the same as a 2012 look.
Of course if suddenly things turn full circle and Alex Garland and team are back in the frame I’d be delighted.