A brand new all-digital Dredd 3D comic prequel series will be coming out this August, written by Matt Smith with art from Henry Flint. The comic will feature the first appearance of the villain, Ma-Ma, played by Game of Thrones star Lena Headey in the film. Below is a peak at the first cover art, illustrated by Greg Staples.
Official press release:
With the release of a DREDD 3D digital comic prequel coming this August, we’re excited to announce that Lionsgate has premiered the first look at the digital comic’s hand drawn cover by Greg Staples! The prequel, written by 2000AD editor Matt Smith, will feature the comics first appearance of Ma-Ma, “Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey.
Based on the acclaimed comic series by John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra, the new film starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby & Lena Headey opens nationwide on Friday, September 21st, 2012!
The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.
During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.
The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film. Filmed in 3D with stunning slow motion photography sequences, the film returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.
DREDD 3D will open on Friday, September 21st, 2012.
“Judgment is Coming.”