Someone needs to get Karl Urban on the line and tell him that they’re making a Judge Dredd TV series.
EW reports that IM Global and 2000AD publisher Rebellion have joined forces to make Judge Dredd: Mega-City One.
This new series “is set in a future where the East Coast of the U.S. has become a crowded and crime-ridden megalopolis. It will be an ensemble drama about a team of Judges — futuristic cops invested with the power to be judge, jury, and executioner — as they deal with the challenges the future-shocked 22nd century throws at them.”
Now, it’s important to note a couple of things. First off, it’s very early days. There’s no talent announced as of yet, either behind or in front of the camera, beyond producer Brian Jenkins and IM Global head honcho Mark Stern who is a veteran of Syfy shows Helix, Battlestar Galactica and Defiance.
It’s also definitely not a follow-up to Alex Garland’s universally beloved but far from universally-seen-at-the-cinema film Dredd. Instead, this sounds like it could be a great opportunity to explore the rich madness of the titular city, to go beyond the ultraviolence (although obviously we would love some of that) and get into the truly weird world of Judge Dredd.
In fact, what you should really do is watch this announcement video, which teases a little of the tone that we might expect.
And here’s the announcement poster!
Stern said that “This is one of those seminal sci-fi properties that seems to only become and more relevant with age. Not only is it a rich world with biting social commentary, but it’s also fun as hell! As a fan of the comics and both films, it’s a dream come true to be able to work with Jason and Chris in adapting this for television.”
Needless to say, we are very, very excited about this and we will be keeping a close eye on each development.
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