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Karl Urban Could Return in ‘Dredd: Mega-City One’!

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.



  • 0ldboy26

    Such a tease. I truly hope this happens as Dredd was a classic and Urban provided an awesome performance.

  • Rez

    I do hope this happens but it has to be on a channel that they have freedom to do what they want. If it dosen’t have the same tone as the movie I’m not sure if it will work.

    • AlpineNewt

      I’m hoping for Netflix and the chance to binge watch!

  • McGilli

    If they can use him…

    Sounds like they are hoping for a cameo at most…

    Still, great movie. One of the few action movies I don’t ever get tired of watching…

    • Evan3

      Have you seen the Raid?

  • RIB

    DREDD wouldn’t be the same without him. His exaggerated grimace was perfect. If they can keep the level of brutality that the film had I’m all for it, but if it suddenly looks like the tv series for ROBOCOP, or something equally lacking in everything that made the original film great, it’ll be doomed before the 2nd episode. Keep DREDD dark, gritty, brutal, and have Urban there to say “Juuuuuudddgggemennnnt tiiiimeeeeee”.

  • Lindsay-Ann Morrison

    It isn’t like Urban hasn’t done network TV before, so I’m going hold out hope for participation!

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