Alex Garland Wrote a Judge Dredd Script That Isn’t Dreadful

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I don’t know if the world is begging for a new Judge Dredd movie but wither you wanted it or not, it is coming.  I don’t really care if we get a new film or not but I’m now interested after finding out who will be writing the new adaptation.  According to a tweet by Judge Dredd comic artist, Mark “Jock” Simpson, Danny Boyle’s frequent collaborator, Alex Garland (“Sunshine”, “28 Days Later”), has turned in a “great” script. You can get the full details when you hit the jump.

Mark “Jock” Simpson has been working extensively on Dredd strips for the weekly 2000AD comic and has been coming up with concept art for the projected new film. I’m not a fan of the “news via twitter” movement but Simpson’s full tweet, which has since disappeared, but thanks to empire, we now know that it read as: “Working through script visuals for Judge Dredd movie.  Alex Garland writes a great script”. Not only does this tweet reveal that Alex Garland has written a script but it also reveals that the film is definitely in a serious pre production state if Simpson is already working on script visuals.

To those of you that don’t know who Judge Dredd is, Dredd is a law enforcement officer in a violent city of the future where uniformed Judges combine the powers of police, judge, jury and executioner. Dredd and his fellow Judges are empowered to arrest, sentence and even execute criminals on the spot.  Like a lot of you, I only have some hazy memories of the character thanks to the 1995 film starring Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider.  I don’t think I ever saw the full film but I definitely remember Stallone in that costume and mask.  I also don’t remember the film being as bad ass as that plot description.  Hopefully this new take can live up to the premise.

Since the film is still in the earliest stages of pre-production, we still don’t know who will be directing the project.  The film is set up at Danny Boyle’s DNA films so it’s fun to imagine the academy award winning director maybe deciding to helm this project.  It’s also still unclear if Garland will ruin the film in the 3rd act.

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  • Droncz92

    They have spellcheck on the program you use to type this, eh?

    • Ramses

      It does. I only get that yellow highlight for Dredd. *shrugs*

      • Ramses

        Oh, I see what you mean. Yeah, sadly sometimes I fuck up and spell check will accept it. Eh…my bad.

  • Droncz92

    They have spellcheck on the program you use to type this, eh?

    • Ramses

      It does. I only get that yellow highlight for Dredd. *shrugs*

      • Ramses

        Oh, I see what you mean. Yeah, sadly sometimes I fuck up and spell check will accept it. Eh…my bad.

  • cant_stop_yawning

    You know who would be really good as Dredd? Dick Cheney.

  • cant_stop_yawning

    You know who would be really good as Dredd? Dick Cheney.

  • Ramses

    I like the way you think.

  • Ramses

    I like the way you think.

  • Tofer

    To me, the wording doesn’t necessarily suggest that he has already written the script. It sounds more like “he writes great scripts so we’re excited to see what he’ll come up with on this one”.

    I absolutely hate when people suggest that his scripts (and Danny Boyle’s films) fall apart in the final act. Sunshine and 28 Days Later are both perfect films, that will forever remain in my personal top 10. I would not change a single thing about either movie. The only film that lost momentum and fell apart at the end is The Beach.

  • Tofer

    To me, the wording doesn’t necessarily suggest that he has already written the script. It sounds more like “he writes great scripts so we’re excited to see what he’ll come up with on this one”.

    I absolutely hate when people suggest that his scripts (and Danny Boyle’s films) fall apart in the final act. Sunshine and 28 Days Later are both perfect films, that will forever remain in my personal top 10. I would not change a single thing about either movie. The only film that lost momentum and fell apart at the end is The Beach.

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