Fans of the comic series Judge Dredd have been clamoring for a worthy big screen adaptation for years. The 1995 Sylvester Stallone-fronted iteration missed the mark entirely, but director Peter Travis and screenwriter Alex Garland brought a harneded, R-rated take on the character to the big screen last year with Dredd. The film received generally positive reviews and a fantastic reception from longtime fans of the comics, but it didn’t exactly strike a chord with general audiences. Against a budget of $45 million, the pic only grossed $35.6 million worldwide, making the prospect of a sequel rather slim.
Steve recently caught up with Dredd star Karl Urban for a phone interview in anticipation of the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, and Urban revealed that there’s hope yet for a Dredd 2 given the first film’s recent cult status. The actor noted that he has been in touch with Garland and the prospect of a Dredd sequel is “not off the agenda,” suggesting the fate of the film ultimately lies with the fans. Hit the jump for more.
“Interestingly enough, I did have breakfast with Alex Garland this morning. 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.”
The Dredd was already made on a rather low budget with regards to other comic book adaptations, but it’s feasible that the film finding a wider audience on Blu-ray and DVD could convince a studio to give it another go. As Urban notes, it’s up to Dredd fans to speak up and let the powers that be know that there is an audience out there clamoring for Dredd 2 to come to fruition, so start making moves people.
Look for Steve’s full interview with Urban on Collider soon.