Dredd doesn’t open for almost two months, but that’s not going to stop people from speculating about the potential future as a franchise. You know that’s what the studio is hoping for, a long line of Dredd sequels, all wasting villains and printing money. We’ll have to wait to see how the movie-going public responds to Pete Travis’ hard-R adaptation of 2000AD’s Judge Dredd comic book, but star Karl Urban is game to take another crack at it, should the opportunity arise.
When 411 Mania asked about reprising the role, the New Zealand-born actor said:
Yeah, absolutely. But you know I just want to say if you know this film is a one-off cult classic, than I’m cool with that because I’m really proud of the film. And we showed it the other night and the audience loved it. And to me that’s like, I’m happy. I’m good. If we don’t end making more of these, than I’m cool with that because it’s all good on my end. If we’re fortunate enough if it blows up at the box office, then absolutely I would definitely love to come back and reprise the role and make more of these. I just think there’s so much fertile ground to explore within the character and within the world. And I would love to see the continuing story and the evolution of these characters and the relationship between Anderson and Dredd. And it would be interesting to find out more about the world, more about Dredd. It would be really cool to see the Dark Judges. There’s so much. And it would be great to – we’ve seen one aspect, one sector of Mega-City One. It would be great to see other aspects.
Mega-City One is a big town—the post-atomic megalopolis runs down the eastern seaboard from Boston to Washington DC—and as infested with crime as it is in the comics, there’s a lot of stories to tell, and no shortage of bad guys for Dredd to beat the crap out of. If Dredd is a good as some early reviews have made it out to be, I could stand to see a couple more movies. Maybe we’ll get a decent trilogy out of the deal.
Even as a fan of Sylvester Stallone’s 1995 Judge Dredd (not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination, but I love it), Dredd has become one of the most anticipated movies of the fall. Maybe I read too many of the ultra grim and violent comics as a child, but this go round promises to be a grittier, more accurate portrayal of the source material.
In this version, like the comics, Dredd never removes his helmet. When asked if he ever doubted that decision for a second, Urban said, “Not once. Definitively no.” You have to love that.