Pete Travis’ adaptation of the comic book series Judge Dredd will now simply be called “Dredd” possibly in an attempt to distance itself from the crappy 1995 Sylvester Stallone movie that first adapted the property. IM Global has also provided a brief synopsis of the film that doesn’t provide so much of a plot as much as what they’re going for in tone:
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 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 Peter 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.
Last week, we reported that Olivia Thirlby (Juno) will play the psychic rookie Judge Cassandra Alexander. Urban told Steve at Comic-Con that Dredd will never remove his helmet and that this will be a more faithful adaptation than the 1995 version. Filming is set to begin this fall in Johannesburg.