A few days ago, the internet was ablaze- well, at least the portion of the internet used by the small, rabid fan base of DREDD– with word that a certain sequel was in development. See, actor Karl Urban was speaking at Denver Comic Con, and he apparently made a few comments pertaining to DREDD 2 being in some stage of development. He said he would definitely come back for it if he felt the project had “depth and substance,” according to website Science Fiction.
So reports began to spring up like wildfire, as they tend to do, because the few people that saw DREDD loved it. It didn’t do so hot in wide release, but had stellar numbers once it was released for home distribution. Murmurs of a sequel have popped up before, and the latest chatter included the idea that it could come to a streaming service like Netflix- or possibly be adapted into a TV series. People want something to happen, since they bought into the vision of Urban, director Pete Travis, and writers Alex Garland, John Wagner, and Carlos Ezquerra.
Problem is, word of these reports got back to Urban, who quickly took to twitter to clarify his statements from Denver Comic Con:
Dredd update : Unfortunately a sequel is no closer to happening , options have been discussed but there is no sequel in " development " .
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) June 22, 2016
“Unfortunately a sequel is no closer to happening,” Urban said on Wednesday. “Options have been discussed but there is no sequel in ‘development’,” the STAR TREK BEYOND actor concluded.
So what exactly is going on here? Did Urban reveal something he wasn’t supposed to at the Comic Con? Did Science Fiction misrepresent, or misinterpret his remarks? For an answer to these questions, we reached out directly to producer Adi Shankar– who happens to be a friend of LRM’s.
We asked, “Any truth to the reports that DREDD 2 was in development?” and here was his frank response:
“Not true at all, bud … Unfortunately :(“
Yes, as that sad-face emoticon indicates, he’s just as disappointed as you likely are as you read this. Shankar would love to help make it happen, but- as of now- it would appear the logistics make it too steep of a hill to climb.
DREDD was made fora measly $50 million, and only managed to scrape together $13.4 million at the domestic box office. If we look worldwide, since international markets can sometimes save a film that underperforms stateside (I’m looking at you, WARCRAFT), the picture doesn’t get any nicer. The $22.2 million it picked up elsewhere means that the production only pulled in a grand total of $35.6 million total. No bueno, my friends.
Shankar also added, just as a trivia footnote, that if it ever did come together, it likely wouldn’t be called DREDD 2, either.
For now, it would appear that DREDD 2: NOT DREDD 2 isn’t in any stage of development, and isn’t even a realistic possibility anymore. But hey, maybe if we keep talking about it and geeking out about it…we can will it into existence?
Thanks for reading.
Oh, and tell your friends! Share this on your Walls and Feeds. Time to rectify all of the reports that were based on Urban’s Comic Con appearance. Lots of you shared the Good News, but now it’s time to share the Truth.