Most fans of the 2000AD comic book Judge Dredd are hoping that Pete Travis’ adaptation, Dredd, will wash away the bad taste left by the 1995 version with Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider. I’m not one of those people, the taste in my mouth is just fine. I know it’s terrible, but I love that movie to death for some reason. Purportedly, Dredd, which stars Karl Urban (The Chronicles of Riddick), is much more faithful to the grim, violent nature of the comic. If all goes according to plan, we’re talking a hard R rating.
A pair of new photos give us a good look at what the finished Dredd looks like.
The first shows the silhouette—presumably of Judge Dredd himself—outlined against the reaching fingers of the Mega City One, the massive metropolis that takes up most of the eastern seaboard. It looks like Dredd is coming home from a long day of being judge, jury, and executioner. Notice he’s hanging out by himself, he doesn’t need friends, he’s a badass.
Picture number two is more action oriented. Dredd, guns blazing, is putting a beating on some bad guys, amidst some lingering green smoke.
Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) wrote the script, so there shouldn’t be any shortage of violence and action. Set in the post-apocalyptic future, the story follows Dredd and trainee Judge Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) as they battle Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), a ruthless drug kingpin who is holed up in a fortified 200-story high-rise. My guess is that the second photo is of this slum fortress.
From everything I’ve read, Urban is super psyched on the part, and also he’s also going to take off the helmet (he never does in the comic). I’m hoping for an ultraviolent action/adventure of the post-apocalyptic variety, which is what the comic is all about.