Judge Dredd debuted in the pages of the comic 2000 AD in 1977, but 1995’s goofy Sylvester Stallone-starring action film Judge Dredd introduced him to the mainstream. Fans were much happier with 2013's Dredd, starring Karl Urban, but poor marketing led to disappointing box office numbers, and the franchise has been at a standstill.
Fortunately, a few months back, Dredd producer Adi Shankar said that the franchise would continue in some form, and it turns out he was correct. It's been announced that Judge Dredd will be getting his own TV show, and fans couldn’t be more exited.
Judge Dredd: Mega-City One Is Coming To TV
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the independent production company that produced #Dredd, IM Global, is moving forward with a Judge Dredd television show tilted Judge Dredd: Mega-City One. IM Global will team up with the U.K. games publisher Rebellion, and they look to continue the story of everyone’s favorite lawman on the small screen.
Judge Dredd: Mega-City One will be an ensemble drama set on the East Coast during the twenty-second century, which has been devastated by overpopulation and crime. The show will center around a group of Judges, who also serve as jury and executioner, and they are the only line of defense against the scourge of villainy.
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Judge Dredd: Mega-City One is in great hands, with IM Global Television president Mark Stern serving as executive producer. Stern has worked with Syfy before on Battlestar Galactica, Helix and Defiance. He'll be joined by Jason and Chris Kingsley, who worked on 2012’s Dredd.
In a statement regarding Judge Dredd: Mega-City One, Mark Stern said the following about the rich mythology and many adventures left to tell in Judge Dredd’s world:
“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.”
Chris and Jason Kingsley also shared their excitement for Judge Dredd: Mega-City One, and thanked the fans for all their support over the years:
“We’re very excited to be beginning the journey to get more of Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One on the television screen. Thanks to the legions of fans who have kept up pressure on social media, and a lot of background work and enthusiasm, we aim to make a big budget production that will satisfy both our vast comics audience and the even greater general screen-watching public.”
So far, there has been no information regarding the cast of the show, but fans everywhere are hoping for the return of Karl Urban as Judge Dredd.
Judge Dredd: Mega-City One is still in the early stages of development. We'll bring you more updates as they become available.
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(Source: Entertainment Weekly)