Pete Travis’ adaptation of the 2000AD comic Judge Dredd, simply titled Dredd, kicks down the doors of theaters September 21st, 2012. We knew it was going to be a grittier, more accurate portrayal of the source material than the 1995 version starring Sylvester Stallone. But a new, in depth plot synopsis gives us the nuts and bolts of the story they’re telling.
There’s also this new pic of Dredd himself in action…
Via the Dredd Facebook page:
The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.
During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture- a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.
The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film. Filmed in 3D with stunning slow motion photography sequences, the film returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.
I like the way this sounds: grim, violent, like a real Judge Dredd story. This synopsis also does a nice job giving a quick intro to the main players—Dredd is the badass, Anderson is the psychic, Ma-Ma will cut you. When they talk about the 200 story building, the first image that pops into my mind is The Raid: Redemption. If Dredd is even a fraction as bananas as that movie, we’re in for a good time.