While further Judge Dredd films or television series seem so unlikely, they are solid enough for star Karl Urban to enter discussions to reprise the role.
Urban played Judge Dredd in the well-received Dread. Despite some similarities to The Raid: Redemption, it managed to efficiently bring the character and a slice of Mega City One to the screen. Sadly, it did not perform well enough at the box office to guarantee a quick sequel. Such seems to be Dredd’s fate as his previous on-screen outing was the misguided Sylvester Stallone vehicle Judge Dredd — a flick I might eventually cover on Your Weekend Cheesy Movie.
Dredd’s luck in theaters hasn’t stopped a group of producers from developing Judge Dredd: Mega City One, a potential TV series with the breadth to tell longer Dredd stories. The project, a partnership between IM Global and British game publisher Rebellion, has many hurdles to face. But casting Dredd may not be one of them. According to Trek Movie (via Comicbook.com), Urban told fans at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention that he is talking to producers about putting the helmet on again. “I am in discussions with them about that,” he said. “I told them that if they write the material and give Dredd something to do and give him a function, I will be there. I would love to.”
Of course, “discussions” could mean anything at this point and one imagines negotiating Urban’s fee and other rights may be difficult. But knowing he has had a conversation with the producers is certainly good news. Securing Urban’s participation would make the series definitely happen. Whether or not they can make that happen is a story for another day.