Last week, Judge Dredd: Mega-City One was announced. Mega-City One will not be a theatrical sequel to 2012's highly under-rated Dredd starring Karl Urban, but rather an ensemble TV drama following a team of Judges including Dredd. Though IM Global, who was behind the 2012's Dredd, is creating the show, it was assumed the TV series would be a reboot without Karl Urban.
The 2000 AD Thrill-Cast had a discussion with Mega-City One producer Brian Jenkins, who revealed that there may be the intention for Urban to return... if he has space in his schedule:
“We have had many conversations prior to this, about all sorts of things. He’s also very busy, a full-time professional actor. So we’re going to have some long and complicated conversations I would imagine, and we’ll see where we go. It’s too early to tell yet, but if we can use him and he’s available to us, then I think that would be absolutely brilliant. There’s always a possibility he will be busy, or that his schedule for other movies won’t allow — basically, we don’t know at this stage.”
When the show was announced, I was interested, but mostly if Karl Urban was involved and the wonderful aesthetic of the 2012 film was kept intact. Urban was fantastic as Judge Dredd, and his take on Bones has been the highlight of the new Star Trek films. I always thought a 10-episode Netflix series may be a better route than a theatrical sequel for Dredd anyway, especially in the age of killer Marvel shows. Let's hope Urban's schedule allows him to participate, as though the first movie didn't do any completely necessary world-building that can't be replicated, it would be nice to have some continuity.
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