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‘Dredd 2’ Is Dead and Petitioning Won’t Do a Damned Thing About It…

Promoting his sci-fi festival flick, Ex Machina, Dredd screenwriter Alex Garland spoke to IGN about a sequel to the comic adaptation that starred Karl Urban as the title character.

There always seems to be some sort of news regarding a sequel to Lionsgate’s 2012 film, but never anything promising. In fact, Garland goes on to say the project is dead in the water.

“As far as I’m concerned? Yeah it is [dead]. My hope is, and I actually think this will happen – somebody else will do it. Not to be all coy and silly about it, but I think our film was better than the first one, right? Just to be blunt. And the job of the next people is to make their film better than ours. And then if they do that, then finally, maybe this character will break out in the way that it deserves to. But we’ll see.”

Had they continued with a follow, here’s a taste of what might have been…DARK JUDGES!

“The first film we made it for about $35m, although quite a lot of that was to do with shooting it in 3D. Or a chunk of it. And we managed to make that film for that budget by locking it in a building essentially, sort of Die Hard-style. In the second film it was going to go out into the desert, which would be The Cursed Earth – people who know the comic book would know immediately what that means. And maybe throw some money at some key sequences. That’s how you do it I guess. I think we could have made it for another $30m, $35m type thing. We could have made it for $30m if we shot it in 2D. $35m maybe 3D I guess. Of that order. But the third one that would have been more expensive, because it would have been going back to the city and maybe bringing in some Dark Judges or something like that.”

Here’s my favorite part. Garland exclaims that the petitions are a waste of time, something I’ve been telling readers for years. It sucks, but a petition is voting with your dollar. If people wanted to see a Dredd so badly they should have caught it in the theater and picked it up on home video.

“It makes me feel sad really. I feel grateful to the people who’ve attempted to get a sequel off the ground. And sorry that actually what happened was we let them down. Because the reality is that a film needs to acquit itself. It shouldn’t need a petition. And the truth is if it gets to the point where it needs a petition, it’s in big trouble anyway. That’s the cold hard reality of it. I feel a sense of residual guilt. It’s quite strong actually; it’s not that residual. Dredd was a very, very hard movie to work on, for all sorts of different reasons, and the reward would have been at the end of it that it all worked out. But it didn’t all work out. That’s the reality.”




  • Bill-Carson

    Damn. That sucks. We live in a cold, harsh world wherein Michael Bay gets to shoot his CG-stained, explosion-fests all over the screen… and people PAY to see that crap. But a finely crafted and effective comic-book adaptation like DREDD gets swept under the carpet. Bollocks!

    • Daniel Anderson

      Its those damn transformers, the kids love em.

  • Ima Badlady

    Dammit, all I want is to see the dark judges on the silver screen.

  • Jimmy Black

    I’ve watched this movie over and over… Really liked it… I know nothing of the comics etc… Would love a sequel….


    “Here’s my favorite part. Garland exclaims that the petitions are a waste
    of time, something I’ve been telling readers for years. It sucks, but a
    petition is voting with your dollar. If people wanted to see a Dredd so badly they should have caught it in the theater and picked it up on home video.”

    That was actually the point of the petition campaign: to promote Dredd so more people would know about the film and buy the discs.

    It worked in getting more people to buy it and Dredd made more money from discs than box-office tickets.

  • Daniel Anderson

    I dislike this. Dredd was a damn good movie, and finally a movie where I really liked the main actor (he was a bit “off” in doom for my liking, but fit this character perfectly, IMO).

  • Richter Belmont

    Directors come and go. Hopefully, someone else will pick it up. Dredd was a fantastic film, and an outstanding adaptation of the comic series. Definitely the best comic film of 2012. The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Amazing Spider-Man paled in comparison.

  • J Jett

    i completely loved Garland’s DREDD. bummed we’re not getting a 2nd film with him at the helm.

  • Grimphantom

    Haven’t they heard of doing Kickstarter? jeez….

    • Erick Lorinc

      The most a movie’s been funded on Kickstarter is $5 mil. Well below what they’d need to make a good Dredd movie


    That sucks, I would have really like to see some Mean Machine Angel vs. Dredd action.

  • elpinche

    We can’t ever have good things..just the same zombie and vampire bullshit.

  • Evan3

    The budget actually kills this movie. Sadly (and I believe mistakenly), studios have a huge aversion to mid-budget movies (think $25-80 Mil.). They want micro-budget to basically guarantee a return or a spectacle they can fully market (and the marketing for Dredd was pathetic).

    That being said, I believe some of the people involved in this film were involved in the YouTube miniseries Judge Dredd: Superfriends.

  • Hope this gets picked up by someone else. Wouldn’t mind seeing another Dredd movie. IT IS THE LAW!..or something..maybe a game.

  • Goddamn it. I watched on the big screen, bought the blu ray and talked to everyone I know they like a good sci-fi-ish movie. I guess, we will never see Urban again wearing that outfit. I am going home to cry and say out loud “judgment time”.

  • brewers_rule

    I wonder if anyone’s asked Netflix if this could be an option for them to make a series out of for DC like they are with Marvel’s Daredevil? Seems a lot of movies and tv series not in vogue w/the general media are finding homes there. With the right writers and proper funding, Dredd could find fruitful ground there fairly quickly, I’d think. Really surprised Hulu hasn’t match Netflix by doing the same, frankly.
    The problem w/the theory of voting with your wallet is that because of the promotion of some films like Dredd that studios seem to frown on, a lot of us wait for word of mouth (or at least I do) from places like Rotten Tomatoes before forking over the $50 or more it takes to see a flick in the theater and in some instances, it gets pulled from theaters before you can even get a consensus on it. Then, after you DO purchase it on DVD (as I did), where else can you help further the cause BUT a petition? Unless they start a sequel fund on kickstart or something, what else can fans of any genre film do that really influences these decisions?

  • Kroork

    I like dredd a lot

  • vmackey

    FUUUUUUUUUUUCK is the word we are looking for right now.

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