If you really enjoyed [Dredd](movie:39136), you should probably sit down as you read this. The somewhat highly anticipated [Dredd 2](movie:959324) sequel is probably not going to happen. At least with the same team that put together the first film. It simply comes down to the financials.
Many of us in the Moviepilot office in LA enjoyed the first film, which was actually pretty groundbreaking. Sadly, though, the box office numbers weren't nearly as strong as the people signing the checks wanted.
Here's the crushingly accurate comment on the matter from producer Alex Garland:
"There isn't, as far as I can tell, going to be a Dredd sequel. The basic mechanics of film financing say that if you make a film that loses a ton of money, you're not going to get a sequel. And that's basically what happened."
It made $35 million in total and cost $50 million. The reviews were great and the fan community was extremely supportive. For whatever reason, it just didn't go off in the box office.
More from Garland:
"And I understand and appreciate the support the film has had, and the campaigns that have existed for it, and it's really genuinely gratifying — I love it in all respects except one, which is when I hear about people buying copies of the DVD in order to boost sales and to change the figures. And what I want to say to them is, "Don't do that. Keep your money." Because the people that are making the decisions are much colder and harder than that. And the graphs they're looking at are not really going to be sufficiently dented by that.
So the support for the film is truly appreciated. But if there is going to be a sequel, it's not going to be me and the team of people who worked on the previous film, it's going to be another bunch of people. And good luck to them, and I hope it happens. I really do. I hope they do a better job than we did."
I really feel for Garland. You can tell that he is truly disheartened. Any artist, filmmaker, creative type, etc wants to make the best product. When they feel like they did that, but the mainstream and people with money didn't react as you would have hoped, it's a serious let-down.
Maybe the 2012 film was simply too epic for the general public? I don't know... check out this trailer and tell me another one of these doesn't belong in theaters. Just tell me that. I need to hear you say it.
They absolutely nailed this movie and it didn't make the cut, because of poor box office performance. Something is wrong here. For a low cost of $50 million dollars, they were able to create a well designed post-apocalyptic world and put together action and drama sequences that absolutely killed.
But, no sequel. It's a damn shame...
Would you have wanted to see a 'Dredd' sequel?