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Karl Urban Is The Law

Long rumored for the project, it’s now confirmed that Lord of the Rings and Star Trek actor Karl Urban will be suiting up for the title role in Judge Dredd — and no, he won’t be taking his helmet off.

“The main thing about Dredd is that it’s a fantastic comic that was completely messed up 20 years ago,” producer Andrew Macdonald told Empire. “Our idea is to make a very hard, R-rated, gritty, realistic movie of Dredd in Megacity, so we’ve got to get the tone right. He’s not going to take off his helmet. His bike is going to feel real. He’s going to hit people and it’s going to feel real.”

Directed by Pete Travis from a screenplay by Alex Garland and design work from The Losers artist Jock, Judge Dredd is set to shoot in Johannesburg alongside the team who worked on Neil Blomkamp’s District 9, according to Macdonald.


  • Flip Maker

    My question is this: does anyone outside the UK care about this character? I've read Dredd and never quite understood the appeal. What makes him compelling? Then take that one step further and ask what makes him compelling for feature development? The Stallone movie was laughable for many reasons, but part of it was that the character is just hard to get in to. No matter who makes this, I worry it just won't connect with US audiences.

  • karl

    judge dredd is easily the best serialized comic book character ever. i got in to the character a few years ago, im from the US, and nothing else even comes close in the sci-fi / superhero genre. i'd challenge people to really dive in to the back log with arcs like 'america' and 'necropolis' before dismissing it.

    and with jock and alex garland on board, theres no way this movie wont be kick ass….

  • Helgarddebarros

    When Judge Dredd started (when I started reading it) American comics were very tame, no real violence, very few actual deaths, very clean language, etc. This was part of a self imposed comics code in the US. The comics in the UK didn't suffer from this, and were much harder, grittier and often featured cuss words, death, and often very graphic violence.

    Othe UK comics, not just Judge Dredd, followed this pattern, with characters like Slaine habitually beheading his enemies.

    A movie like Judge Dredd doesn need to be “rough” to capture the feel of this era and style of comic. Hollywood is far too safe to really capture this. They proved this with most of the comic book adaptations so far.