While it may not have been a box office success, Pete Travis’ Dredd is getting a much fairer trial on home video having topped the Blu-ray and DVD sales list for a 2012 new release. Dredd has also come in first in this week’s digital downloads. It’s great to see the film getting new life after its theatrical release, especially since it’s much closer to the version of Judge Dredd that fans wanted to see. Karl Urban (Star Trek) is the law and deserves another go-round as the titular peacemaker. You can check out Phil’s review of Dredd 3D here along with Bill’s glowing review of the Blu-ray. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see how you can get your hands on a copy of Dredd.
Film festivals and comic book movies typically don’t mix. Movies based on popular paneled heroes generally get their start at conventions or through marketing departments. Yet, thanks to TIFF’s Midnight Madness program a certain gruff helmet sporting antihero from the long running British comic book series 2000 A.D. is getting the red carpet film festival treatment. That’s right Judge Dredd has returned to the big screen in the hopes of erasing all the painful memories of Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider ruining the image of the darkly satirical and viciously violent character with one of the worst examples of overblown 90s blockbuster tripe. Finally put into the hands of filmmakers who are fans of the blood-soaked pulpy roots, Dredd 3D manages to get the tone and style of John Wagner’s uniquely twisted world right. It’s not perfect, but it is an appropriately nasty blast of B-movie thrills that effectively reintroduces Judge Dredd on the big screen and would be a welcome starting point for a franchise. Hit the jump to find out why.
A new clip from the upcoming Judge Dredd reboot Dredd 3D has gone online. Though the clip is short, it should pique fan interest given that it showcases star Karl Urban uttering the character’s signature line. I caught the film at Comic-Con and thought it was fairly entertaining, but I was in the minority since most everyone else really loved it. Director Pete Travis utilizes an effect to showcase the effects of the drug “Slo-Mo” in which we watch the action play at 4000 frames-per-second, and this makes the film’s seriously brutal violence even more intense. The plot’s a bit reminiscent of The Raid, but I assume die-hard fans of the comic will be big fans of this adaptation regardless.
Hit the jump to watch the clip. The film also stars Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey. Dredd 3D will play at the Toronto Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, and opens nationwide on September 21st.
Lionsgate has released a new 60-second TV spot for Dredd 3D, a new adaptation of the Judge Dredd comics. The TV-spot basically plays like an abbreviated trailer, and since it’s not red-band, it can’t show one of the film’s distinctive features, which is the hard-R gore. There are some brutal kills in Dredd, and I suppose it’s a good thing that they haven’t been spoiled. The studio has also released a new featurette high-lighting the drug “Slo-Mo” which is taking over Mega City One. The drug makes the user feel like everything is moving at 1% its normal speed, and it’s neat to see the visuals play at 4000-frames per second. I’m particularly grateful that director Pete Travis didn’t overuse the effect.
Hit the jump to check out the TV spot and the featurette. The film will play at the Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest before opening nationwide on September 21st. You can click here to read my review.
It’s exactly one month until Dredd 3D blasts onto screens, so now seems like a good time to roll out their first TV spot and a new viral site. The thirty-second spot does a decent job at summing up the trailer while establishing the tone of the picture and giving you a listen to Karl Urban’s affected Judge voice. The viral site, called “Dredd Report,” is a decent satire of the “Drudge Report,” but as far as marketing goes, it’s not all that appealing. There are a host of real-life links to news stories on legitimate sites, which makes it difficult to hunt down the movie-related content.
Also starring Lena Headey and Olivia Thirlby, director Pete Travis’ Dredd 3D opens in theaters on September 21st. Hit the jump to watch the TV spot and for links to the viral site.
At this year’s Comic-Con, I was able to sit down with Olivia Thirlby for an extended video interview. Urban was at the Con to promote his upcoming hard-R adaptation of the comic book series Judge Dredd. For those unfamiliar with the film, Dredd is an adaption of the 2000AD comics character Judge Dredd, and it stars Karl Urban, Thirlby, and Lena Headey. The film follows Dredd and rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson (Thirlby) fighting through a tower that’s crawling with thugs in their attempt to bring down drug overlord Ma-ma (Headey). I actually got to see the film at Comic-Con and it’s great.
During my interview with Thirlby we talked about the R rating, how she got involved in the project, deleted scenes, how Urban never takes off his helmet, the drug slow-mo, what it was like playing a bad ass girl, and a lot more. In addition, we also talked about Bored to Death, Red Knot, Nobody Walks, and more. Hit the jump for what she had to say.
As Steve is taking part in the Masters of the Web panel this year at Comic-Con which is being hosted by Dredd star Karl Urban, we’ve been provided with an exclusive red-band clip to share with our readers. I saw the film last night and let me first warn you: this film is absolutely brutal. Director Pete Travis‘ Dredd is 100% a hard R with incredibly graphic violence throughout the film’s entire runtime (as taste of what’s to come is on display in this clip). This movie couldn’t possibly be more different from Sylvester Stallone’s iteration of the character, and I think fans of the comics and/or Judge Dredd character will really be happy with this pic. That said, be prepared for a lot of violence. You can read Matt’s review here.
Though most of you wren’t lucky enough to catch the film at Comic-Con, fans have the chance to win a trip to London to screen the film there. More details can be found at JudgementIsComing.com. Hit the jump to check out the clip. The film also stars Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey. Dredd opens in 3D on September 21st.
Grit, for lack of a better word, is good. This at least seems to be the prevailing wisdom when it comes to action movies. But is gritty good enough? Pete Travis‘ Dredd seems to think so. The director has designed a down-and-dirty future where nothing shines, everything is grimy, and life is cheap. Into this world he throws a memorable albeit simple protagonist whose very voice emanates ugly violence and wholesale slaughter. Dredd swings between a single-minded drive to use your adrenal gland like a chew toy and a one-dimensional ploy to play into a shallow bloodlust. What it lacks in claustrophobia, a compelling plot, dangerous stakes, and a compelling antagonist, it makes up for with loud noises, blown-apart bodies, and a killer performance from Karl Urban.
Yesterday we brought you a new image of Game of Thrones star Lena Headey as Ma-Ma in director Pete Travis’ reboot Dredd, along with a few quotes from the actress regarding her character. Now a few more images from the film have surfaced online, giving us another look at Karl Urban as the titular Judge Dredd as well as co-stars Olivia Thirlby, Langly Kirkwood, and Deobia Oparei. I still really have no idea what to expect from this film, so hopefully a trailer is on the way soon. I like Urban and Headey quite a bit, and Olivia Thirlby is a promising prospect as Dredd’s trusty sidekick. Moreover, the pic has been described as a major departure from the Sylvester Stallone-fronted 1995 adaptation, so at least we’re in for something decidedly different.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Dredd opens in 3D on September 21st.
A new image from director Pete Travis’ reboot Dredd has gone online. Karl Urban stars as the titular Judge Dredd in this redo of the comic book character that was infamously inhabited by Sylvester Stallone in 1995’s Judge Dredd. This image highlights the character played by Lena Headey, who’s currently starring as the nefarious Cersei Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Along with the image, we’ve also got some quotes from Headey about her character in Dredd and how she fits into the Judge Dredd universe. Hit the jump for more.
In a rare interview with Judge Dredd comics creator, John Wagner, the writer reflected on the history of his creation and revealed just how excited he is for the new film, Dredd, starring Karl Urban (Star Trek). A British comic strip created by Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra for the sci-fi anthology “2000 AD,” Dredd was originally, according to Wagner:
“a very two-dimensional character, a vehicle for extreme behavior in an extreme society, more of a robot than a man. Today he’s more rounded, more human, a man capable of introspection, of questioning his own beliefs.”
“Two-dimensional” would be a kind description for the previous feature: the 1995 Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone. Wagner gave his thoughts on that performance, as well as why he’s looking forward to the new version. Hit the jump for much more.
The Judge Dredd reboot, Dredd, seemed to be going well. Karl Urban was playing the title role and the film promised to be more faithful to the original comics than the awful 1995 adaptation starring Sylvester Stallone. For those unfamiliar with Judge Dredd, the story takes place in a dystopian future where the law is carried out by “Judges” who are “judge, jury, and executioner” for all criminals. The film was shooting in 3D in Johannesburg for a September 21, 2012 release.
However, 24 Frames is now reporting that director Pete Travis (Vantage Point) has been locked out of the editing phase and the process is being handled by screenwriter and producer Alex Garland (28 Days Later). According to 24 Frames, “Creative disagreements with producers and executives in charge of the film reached a boiling point,” and that, ” sources said it arose when Travis and producers and executives in charge of the production did not see eye-to-eye on footage Travis was delivering.” However, other sources say that “although Travis is no longer involved in postproduction, he is keeping up with progress via the Internet and has not been pushed aside.” Hit the jump for more. [Garland and Travis have released a joint response to this story. Hit the jump for the quote.]
Actress Lena Headey (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) may have landed the role of the main villain in Dredd. Judge Dredd Movie News [via Bleeding Cool] reports that Headey has been cast as gang-leader, Madeline Madrigal aka Ma-Ma. Although the script describes the character as “in her late fifties or early sixties with a big scar through her cheek and lip,” I imagine they’ll just keep the scar and reduce the character’s age. Bleeding Cool reports that Ma-Ma and her gang have taken over the Peach Tree City Block and that most of the film takes place in this location.
Based on the 2000AD comic Judge Dredd, the new film promises to be more faithful to the source material than the dreadful Sylvester Stallone flick. Pete Travis (Vantage Point) will direct from a script by Alex Garland (28 Days Later). Karl Urban stars as Dredd and Olivia Thirlby (Juno) costars as psychic rookie Judge Cassandra Alexander. Filming on the 3D flick is currently underway Johannesburg. [Update: The Playlist confirms that Headey has been cast as the film's villain.]
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.
The last time we heard about the long-in-the-works Judge Dredd reboot, filming was set to begin later on this year with Pete Travis (Vantage Point) attached to direct the 3D film with a screenplay by Alex Garland (28 Days Later). With filming set to begin soon, it was only a matter of time until we found out who would don the iconic visor. Now, according to the latest rumor Karl Urban (Star Trek) is going to be offered the lead in the film. More after the jump.