Karl Urban, who portrayed Judge Dredd in the 2012 comic book adaptation, has been incredibly vocal and supportive of returning to the role in a potential sequel. Much like Hellboy, it felt inevitable, although it was taking forever for something substantial to happen.
Two weeks ago it was announced that IM Global and independent U.K. games developer and publisher Rebellion had struck a deal to turn the iconic comic book character into a live-action TV show called “Judge Dredd: Mega-City One”. Being that this is going to be a new incarnation, it was assumed that Urban wouldn’t be able to reprise the role he had been longer for over the past half decade. Well, executive producer Jason Kingsley shared some good news on the official 2000 AD podcast:
“The great thing about Karl is, he’s actually a big fan of the comic book, and he’s a really nice guy, and I know him well enough to speak to him personally,” Kingsley explained. “We have had many conversations prior to this about all sorts of different things. He’s also a very busy full-time professional actor. So, we are going to have some long and complicated conversations, I would imagine, and we’ll see where we go. It’s too easy to tell yet. But if we can use him, and he is available to us, then I think that would be absolutely brilliant.”
Urban would actually fit perfectly into the new series as it will focus on multiple Judges, as opposed to just Dredd.
Initial reports peg the series as set in a future where the East Coast of the U.S. has become a crowded and crime-ridden megalopolis. The ensemble drama will follow a team of Judges — futuristic cops invested with the power to be judge, jury, and executioner — as they deal with the challenges the future-shocked 22nd century throws at them.