Despite the fact that it is completely awesome, and a pretty faithful adaptation of the cult favorite comic books, Dredd tanked at the box office last summer. I have an unhealthy love for the 1995 Sylvester Stallone version, but even I won’t argue that it’s a good movie. Despite not clicking with theater audiences, Dredd set the world on fire when it was released on Blu-ray and DVD earlier this year.
Even though the film had a relatively small budget compared to most comic book movies—a mere $50 million—it still isn’t considered a financial success, and the prospects of a franchise have been doubtful. But amidst critical acclaim and this resurgence of interest, star Karl Urban says another film isn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility, despite earlier claims.
Talking to Collider about Star Trek Into Darkness, Urban said that he’s been in touch with writer Alex Garland, and there has been talk of moving forward with another installment. Here’s what he had to say:
Interestingly enough, I did have breakfast with Alex Garland this morning. It’s not off the agenda. Clearly everyone has woken up to the fact that an audience has found this movie and loves it. It’s entirely possible, and if people want to see another installment then they should be vocal about that, because, it can happen. The power of fandom can resurrect projects. In fact, that’s what happened with Star Trek. They weren’t going to do a third season until fans did a letter writing campaign and they continued that series.
So it sounds like the fate of another Judge Dredd movie lies in the hands of the fans. And, you know, studios with millions of dollars they’re willing to spend on an ultra-violent, hard-R-rated comic book movie that has already proven, twice, that it isn’t financially viable. Still, given the level of interest, let’s hope we see Urban don Dredd’s trademark helmet and scowl again soon.
What do you think? Did you like Dredd? Do you want to see more, or should we leave it at one and call it good?