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Dredd 2 Conversations Are Happening, According To Karl Urban

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dreddActors like Harrison Ford have for decades been answering questions about reprising their most famous roles, but Karl Urban is just getting into the thick of it when it comes to fans jumping down his throat about the possibility of a sequel to Pete Travis’ Dredd, which bombed in the theaters but was a smash hit in home release. And while each of Urban’s comments in the past have been positive in nature (though never in actual confirmations), he offered the faintest glimmer of a reflection of hope recently, confirming that “conversations” are happening between Travis, gung-ho screenwriter Alex Garland, and Lionsgate execs. Woo hoo!

Now, to be fair, it’s entirely plausible that those conversations are filled with comments like, “Sorry, Pete and Alex, but we definitely think the idea of a sequel stinks worse than Mega-City One’s sewers.” But it could easily be going the other way, with Garland and Travis tying Lionsgate’s suits up to a merry-go-round and spinning it until they agree to make another film. At some point in the future, I fully expect this road to Dredd 2 to be the subject of a fan-made documentary.

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The Dredd Comic Sequel Gets An Emergency Second Printing

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Dredd: UnderbellyUnless something miraculous happens, like some random diehard fan with millions and millions of spare dollars just lying around, we’re not likely to see a sequel to Pete Travis’ 2012 badass sci-fi actioner Dredd. At least not in the form of a movie. There’s already been a successful follow up, Dredd: Underbelly, in comic book form. Unfortunately for most of us, the first run sold out in the blink of an eye—it was gone on a distributor level before the title was even scheduled to hit shelves. Right now on Amazon the cheapest copy you can find will run you $80, though there are collectibles going for up to $150. On the plus side, publisher Rebellion is rushing Underbelly into a second pressing that should be available at your local comic book retailer on February 18. You might want to pre-order it this time.

Despite overall positive reviews from critics, Dredd, an adaptation of 2000 AD’s grim futuristic cop noir Judge Dredd, was a ridiculous flop at the box office when it was released in August, 2012. Even with a relatively modest $50 million dollar budget—modest by superhero movie standards—the gritty, ultraviolent, and highly-stylized movie barely broke $35 million worldwide, only $13 million of which came from the US. When it was released on the home video market, however, the film found a huge audience, selling absurd quantities and breaking Blu-ray sales records.

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Dredd Gets A (Comic Book) Sequel: Today In Science & Science Fiction

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DreddFeatDredd was one of the best surprises of 2012. It was one of those flicks that perfectly understands the nature and appeal of the character, and it served up a kick-ass, hyper-violent story about the infamous Judge on a tight budget that never restrained it. It was exactly what many Dredd fans wanted from a Dredd movie, and it got right everything to godawful 1995 Sylvester Stallone movie got wrong. Karl Urban does a perfect Dredd scowl and he honored the source material by never once taking off his damn helmet. The fact that screenwriter Alex Garland had plans for a full trilogy of Dredd movies we’ll probably never see still stings, but today we can soothe that pain just a little bit thanks to Dredd: Underbelly, a comic-book sequel set in the movie universe and which follows another adventure of the Judge and his psychic partner, Anderson (played in the film by Olivia Thirlby). We’ll have our review of Underbelly up soon, but in the mean time you can check your local comic shop to get a copy of your own.

The one-shot sequel to the critically-acclaimed movie! In the wake of Ma-Ma’s death, other criminal gangs in Mega-City One are moving into the power vacuum, trying to fill the gap in the market left by the Slo-Mo drug. When a corpse dump is discovered in a rad-pit, the bodies are all revealed to be mutants. Could the dead be connected with an outfit smuggling illegal refugees into the city from the Cursed Earth? Dredd once again teams with Psi-Judge Anderson as they scour the underworld for the perps responsible, to bring them to justice!

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All I Want For Christmas Are Two Dredd Sequels

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dreddWhat I want for Christmas next year can definitely fit under a tree, though it may take another few years for that to happen. So while you’re thinking to yourself, “It definitely isn’t world peace that this selfish asshole is wishing for,” I counter that a world with more Judge Dredd in it will definitely be a more peaceful one. Next year, I don’t just want one sequel to last year’s box office bust Dredd, I’m looking for two of them, filmed at the same time to be released in 2015 and 2016. Loftier hopes, I’ve had few.

I’m hardly the only one calling for Dredd to get a cinematic follow-up, as there have been legions of fans flocking together for the “Make a Dredd Sequel” campaign over the last year. I’m not saying that Lionsgate and production company 1984 Private Defense Contractors are morons for not wanting to spend over $50 million more dollars with the risk that it’ll only earn 70% of its budget back ($35 million worldwide), but I’m saying they’re not looking at the bigger picture.

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Dredd: Underbelly Comic Book Is The Sequel Fans Might Be Hoping For

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Dredd: UnderbellyThe Dredd reboot from 2012 was a box office disappointment, as it only took in $35.6 million worldwide against a $50 million production budget. While Dredd has seen some success on home video and with online streaming, the reboot hasn’t really moved the needle enough for Lionsgate to justify making a sequel. For the meantime, a comic book sequel will have to do.

As reported on Movies.com, Dredd: Underbelly will be the first-ever official U.S. format release from 2000AD publisher Rebellion. The anthology collects Arthur Wyatt and Henry Flint’s comic book sequel to Dredd, which was originally serialized earlier in the year in the British publication Judge Dredd Megazine. According to 2000AD editor Matt Smith, the Dredd: Underbelly release is aimed at the American market and will capitalize on the awareness of the Dredd character, played by Karl Urban. Smith says:

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Before Watching Almost Human: 5 Shows And A Movie You Must See

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AlmostHumanFox’s futuristic police procedural Almost Human premieres this Sunday and Monday, November 17 and 18 respectively, and not only does it look like a badass new sci-fi joint, the show boasts a ton of big time creative power as well. Behind the scenes you’ll recognize names like J.J. Abrams, who is directing a little movie we like to call Star Wars: Episode VII, and J.H. Wyman, the showrunner behind Fringe. On screen, there’s Bones McCoy himself, the new incarnation of him anyway, Karl Urban, Lily Taylor from The Conjuring, and Friday Night Lights’ Minka Kelly, among others.

Before you dive head first into a brand new series, we thought you might like to spend the weekend preparing, stretching your mental facilities as it were. You don’t want to pull a hammy on game day, do you? With that in mind, here are a few series, and one movie, that may serve as a good jumping off point for Almost Human. Many of the shows are short-lived affairs, or at least lived lives where they burned the proverbial twice as bright, but only half as long. Let’s hope Almost Human doesn’t go that route, we could use some long, sustained sci-fi on our televisions.

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