It may have disappointed at the box-office, but 2012’s Dredd has grown one hell of a following. Deservedly so. It’s a great movie and a fantastic portrayal of Mega-City One and the world of the Judges. It banishes the memory of the Sylvester Stallone effort.
It began life in 2006 as a script by Ex Machina and Annihilation filmmaker Alex Garland. At the time he was primarily Danny Boyle’s writing partner with 28 Days Later, The Beach and Sunshine on his resume.
The film was made in South Africa on a limited, for this type of movie, a $35m budget. Director Peter Travis was seemingly sidelined in post-production with Garland stepping up to complete the picture. Travis remained a sole credited director. Karl Urban confirmed the large scope of Garland’s contribution several times since the movie was released.
Fans have long been campaigning for a sequel. It’s always seemed 50/50 with bad box-office pushing against a committed and passionate fan-base.
One sliver of hope, that a return of Garland – with passionate support from Urban – would help this move forward appears to have been dashed.
In a recent interview at New York Comic Con, Garland told ScreenGreek that he has no interest in returning to the franchise:
“No. It was a pretty crude experience, for a bunch of reasons. At the end of it, I didn’t want to go back. I love ‘Dredd,’ by which I mean I love the character, but I”m not in any hurry to do that again.”
Garland has a new miniseries, Devs, coming to FX and is also involved in writing the Halo movie that is now being reworked into a Showtime series.
Talk of a Dredd TV series has so far come to nothing. Consider us bummed here in the Outpost, and not in the usual long winter nights way!