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

     September 9, 2009


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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