On September 7th, 2012, the movie Dredd was released, starring Karl Urban at the titular character. It was a small affair, made for the relatively modest amount of 45 million dollars and showcasing a low-level story about a cop, his rookie partner, and their attempt to survive while trapped inside a skyscraper with a rampaging gang. Also it was set in a post apocalyptic Earth, but that wasn't really important. At the box office, it failed to make back its money, falling 10 million dollars short all told. None of this would be much of a big deal, if it wasn't for the fact that this movie KICKED ASS.
Seriously, if you haven't seen Dredd, go do that now. buy the DVD, find it on a streaming service if any have it, and do yourself the favour of checking it out. It's hardly for everyone, but in a world of young-adult series, PG-13 superheroes and watered down Die Hard sequels, Dredd filled a niche of hard-R, hard sci-fi, balls to the wall action.
Because of this, it has developed a serious cult following, and that following is always vocal in its desire for more installments in this series. That fire has been rekindled recently, as Karl urban himself took to Twitter to say that he would be up for a Netflix or Amazon Prime series that continues the tale of Judge Dredd:
Now, Mr. Urban has been vocal in his desire to do a sequel before now, and nothing seems to have come of it. However, on top of the idea for a low-budget series continuing this franchise sounding pretty damn sweet, it's a lot more plausible than a feature film. DVD sales for Dredd have been good enough to make up the loss the movie made (without taking into account marketing etc. as those figures aren't released), so if either Netflix or Amazon were to float the idea out there, reception would definitely be good, and an early pilot to test popularity would most likely get a good amount of people in.
See, no-one knew how good Dredd was before it came out back in 2012, so the masses didn't go see it. Today though, it has such a reputation as a buried gem that the internet would most definitely build up enough buzz around any new series for it to be successful, provided it isn't terrible. Perhaps I'm wrong, but I see great potential in an episodic series concerning Karl Urban's Judge Dredd, especially with the popularity of the vaguely similarly toned Daredevil. So get onto this one Netflix and Amazon. Or else I'll personally assemble an angry mob with pitchforks.