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Dredd Will Return…But Not In The Way We Expected

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DarkJudgesWe just celebrated the so-called “Day of Dredd 2014” last week, part of the ongoing efforts by fans to convince Hollywood that we need a sequel to the badass but underwatched 2012 Dredd flick. I rewatched the movie to mark the occasion and it’s still an absolute blast, pretty much everything you could ask from a Dredd movie working with a limited budget. But here we are, two years later, and a Dredd sequel is still just the stuff of rumors and fervent hopes. But now one of the film’s producers has revealed some unexpected good news: there’s more Dredd coming, and sooner than anybody expected.

Producer Adi Shankar has been involved with movies such as the Liam Neeson vs. wolves thriller The Grey and the aptly titled Lone Survivor, but Dredd was very much a passion project for him. He’s been one of the key players in trying to make a Dredd sequel happen ever since the original film underperformed at the box office. But it turns out he hasn’t been content to let the Hollywood machine keep him out of a sand box he enjoys playing in. Shankar has revealed to The Wrap that he’s spent the past two years working on a top-secret Dredd miniseries that’s due to premiere online beginning next month.

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Tomorrow Is Day Of Dredd 2014, So Go Get Dredd-y For It

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dreddBoy, we sure hope your mother’s birthday isn’t tomorrow, because that celebration has been usurped by Day of Dredd 2014! Now in its second year of trying to persuade Hollywood money-hemorrhagers that Dredd 2 is the greatest idea they’ll ever have, Day of Dredd 2014 is falling on Wednesday, October 1, which means it’s time to once again show the world that we’re really, really fucking sorry that a lot of us didn’t go watch Dredd in theaters.

For a grassroots effort, the “Make a Dredd Sequel” campaign has been stunningly successful. With over 95,000 fans on its Facebook page and over 125,000 petition signers, this push for sequel equality helped to put Dredd atop the DVD and Blu-ray charts in multiple countries for last year’s Day of Dredd. If its previous success on home video (or whatever) wasn’t already a clear sign that audiences were itching for a ticket back to Mega City One, surely the swell in copies sold on that day would make some waves. 30,000 more people signed the petition that day, thanks to the massive amount of media coverage. And yet here we are, one year later, still sitting outside the wishing well with nary a legitimate step forward toward Dredd 2‘s potential existence.

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Dredd Producer Thanks The Fans For Supporting His Passion Project

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DreddOur love of Dredd here at GFR damn near knows no bounds, but the larger movie-going public didn’t seem to agree when the Karl Urban sci-fi/actioner opened on September 21, 2012. Up against End of Watch and the Jennifer Lawrence thriller House at the End of the Street, Dredd hit the box office with a deafening thud, landing in sixth place with a paltry $6.3 million domestic weekend total. Thankfully positive word of mouth made Dredd a hit on home video, and a cult classic that still has fans — ourselves included — clamoring for a sequel. That may be a longshot, but Dredd producer Adi Shankar recently posted a candid video where he thanks fans for rescuing the film from obscurity and changing his life in the process.

Shankar says Dredd had been a passion project of his since he was seven. Just what sparked his interest at such a young age might surprise many devoted Dredd fans, seeing as how it’s something many of those same fans have spent years deriding. We’re talking about that other Judge Dredd movie, the one with Sylvester Stallone constantly taking his helmet off and noted vaccine skeptic Rob Schneider serving as the comic relief sidekick.

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Dredd 2: The Musical Tunefully Demands Karl Urban Put That Helmet Back On

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“I started out as Eomer, and next I played McCoy. But once I put that helmet on, it sparked my greatest joy.”

So begins the most epic appeal for a sequel to ever exist. Just imagine it: Dredd 2: The Musical. Created by the massive talents at Legolambs, this cry for more Judge Dredd is absolutely amazing, from the booming music to the speaker-rattling vocals of Jon and Al Kaplan. If petitions and emails and social media swarms can’t get DNA Films and company to make this follow up a reality, this musical is more than able to take the task on.

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Karl Urban Says Dredd 2 Won’t Be A Straight Sequel, If It Happens At All

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DreddFeatWe’re used to living in a world where adaptations of comic books are some of the biggest movies that come out in any given year (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy recently topped $568 million world wide and is currently the highest grossing domestic movie of 2014). Pete Travis’ Dredd, however, was a complete and utter failure at the box office when it was released in September 2012. Despite only bringing in $35 million worldwide, it found a second life on home video, breaking sales records, and fans (including most of us here at GFR) have been clamoring for a sequel ever since. Even with a tidal wave of popular grass roots support, it’s doubtful that this is ever going to materialize, but that’s never stopped star Karl Urban from talking about it. And he recently said if we do see another addition to the franchise, it will likely be a prequel or an origin story, rather than a straight sequel.

Talking at Chicago Comic-Con the other day, the subject of another Dredd movie came up, or maybe Urban brought it up, as he seems to do on his own with regularity. When the topic appeared, he said, “Why yes, there is a definite possibility. But, it is more likely that we will do the origins story with Dredd trekking through the cursed earth to find the first Chief Judge Fargo.”

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The Sci-Fi Expendables: We Recruit The Ultimate Team Of SF Badasses

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Sly Stallone and damn near every other aging action star on the planet took to the big screen again this past weekend in The Expendables 3. We can take that franchise or leave it, but we do have to admit we love the concept of uniting a team of utter badasses from assorted franchises we know and love (or love to hate). So let’s eject Stallone, Statham, and the rest and instead assemble the ultimate Sci-Fi Expendables team, the first and only people you need to call if you need some dirty deeds done right (but not dirt cheap). The GFR team put our heads together to figure out who should make the team, and after some arguing, a lot of swearing, and one really undignified slap-fight, we came up with 16 candidates…the same number of folks on the Expendables 3 poster. Here’s who made the cut.

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When you first met Sarah Connor, she was a meek, mild-mannered waitress just sort of floating aimlessly through her life. Encounters with a vicious, single-minded cyborg from the future, sent back to hunt you down so your son is never born, have a way of changing that. Over the course of the first two movies in the Terminator movies, Sarah transforms into a serious action star, teaching herself all manner of combat and survival skills, actively seeking out any and all knowledge that might help her in her one-woman war against Cyberdyne Systems and a future ruled by human-hunting machines. Basically, she’s a perfect addition to your team of mercs, and will always be working to improve her already ample skill set and add to the team.

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