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Dredd Sequel ‘Entirely Possible’ With Fan Support, Karl Urban Says

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Dredd (also known as Dredd 3D) might have been the best comic-based film of last year that no one saw in theaters. Based on the long-running UK 2000 AD character Judge Dredd, the film made just $13 million in the United States and $35.6 million worldwide off of a reported $50 million budget. However, while it was considered a bomb a the box office, the film has become a huge cult hit on DVD, Blu-ray and digital mediums.

Collider recently talked to star Karl Urban about Star Trek Into Darkness and brought up the possibility of a Dredd sequel.

“Interestingly enough, I did have breakfast with Alex Garland this morning,” Urban said. “It’s not off the agenda. Clearly everyone has woken up to the fact that an audience has found this movie and loves it. It’s entirely possible, and if people want to see another installment then they should be vocal about that, because, it can happen. The power of fandom can resurrect projects. In fact, that’s what happened with Star Trek. They weren’t going to do a third season until fans did a letter writing campaign and they continued that series.”

Dredd, which was written by Alex Garland (28 Days Later…, Halo) and directed by Peter Travis (Vantage Point), features a futuristic version of the United States where most of the east coast has become one giant city called Mega-City One. A group called the Judges polices this city, acting as judge, jury and executioner on the spot. The movie follows Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) and his trainee Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) as they investigate a skyscraper of a slum and the Slo-Mo drugs being dealt out of there, they run into gang leader Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) who sends the entire building after them. A fantastic volley of violence follows. It’s kind of like The Raid, but with helmets, voice-controlled weapons, telepathy and drugs that slow down time.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/BabeisRuthless Tarik Tannir

    Good, this movie was pretty rad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/winston.suk Winston Suk

    Kickstarter this noise and lets make it happen!

  • http://twitter.com/mikegloady Mike Gloady

    It’s like the raid only it’s script was circulating before that film was even made. The Raid came out first because of it’s lack of post-production special effects. It’d be a mistake to call either a rip-off.

    I’d rather say they’re both like Die Hard in two different and awesome ways.

  • Gazilla

    I would totally Kickstarter support this film. The first was amazing – it’s mind boggling that it didn’t do well in theatres. Heady and Urban were fantastic.

  • Jimmy

    I enjoyed Dredd immensely but they made a mistake keeping it in the Block. They should have shown the Cursed Earth, some muties, and really expanded the universe.
    Not long ago I saw a film called Priest, and it was quite jarring to see how much it had ripped of the Dredd universe. But essentially it used its setting better, starting in the overpopulated city and then branching out into different environments. Oddly enough it also starred Karl Urban!
    I hope we see another Dredd film – I’d love an adaptation of the Judge Child with the Angel Gang, and a third film featuring Judge Death.

  • http://twitter.com/RobertSaggers Badly Drawn Cartoons

    Please make this film.

  • http://twitter.com/chrismcfeely Chris McFeely

    Ugh, every time I read about how this film didn’t even make its budget back in theatres, I die a little inside. Tragic.

  • kneelB4zod

    Dredd was such a great movie. Much better than the over-hyped and disappointing Iron Man 3. I can see maybe how it didn’t click with the American audience, but why didn’t it do big business in the UK, where Dredd is much more popular? Really hope a sequel happens.

  • Convoy

    Dredd was not marketed well. I work in NYC and there was very little advertisement. The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure had more advertisement with their giant billboard right by Penn Station. There were maybe a few cabs, some phone booths and ad space at some of the parking garages. There were no interviews on Access Hollywood or Entertainment Tonight. No commercial spots in the prime time hours. My mom is 55 and she loved it. She thought it was a straight to DVD movie. If she knew it was in the theaters she would have went to go see it.