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Judge Dredd Drops The Judge, Recruits Cassandra Anderson

The new Judge Dredd movie is further distancing itself from the stench of Sylvester Stallone’s 1990s adaptation with one very crucial move — dropping the Judge from its title altogether.

IM Global has updated its website with new information about the forthcoming Karl Urban-starring adaptation, including the fact that the movie will simply be titled Dredd. The updated plot synopsis reads as follows:

DREDD takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of the elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot – if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Pete Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.

In further Dredd news, Bored to Death and Juno actress Olivia Thirlby has joined the cast as Judge Cassandra Anderson, the psychically powered trainee working under Dredd’s supervision.


  • IndyDreddFan

    I'm a huge Dredd fan from reading the Eagle Comics reprints from the early 80's, one of the first non-DC/Marvel/Archie comics I've read. I didn't think the Stallone movie was all bad. The film score for it was great, and the James Earl Jones intro got me pumped. Dredd spent too much time with his helmut off. Since Urban is not quite as well-known, maybe he'll leave it on this time.

    Still, I can see why they would want to distance themselves from the 1995 movie, since it flopped. The description of the film still makes me think “Blade Runner”. Hopefully the satire of American excess in the books will be more evident and the overall look of the film will have more variety. Having Judge Anderson is interesting. Does this mean we'll see Judge Death?

  • tomdaylight

    Dredd's probably a better title, “Judge Dredd” as a phrase doesn't particularly roll off the tongue.