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Judge Dredd film in development

JudgeDredd.jpgIt's very early days but it could just be that a Judge Dredd film has being green lit and will start development.

I loved the idea of a Judge Dredd film, although I've always hoped for a Rogue Trooper film over anything else, and the casting of Sylvester Stallone was just inspired. That said, it turned out terrible. Will a new version fare any better?

The word comes through the 2000AD forums and AICN and simply states:

“Together with DNA Films, the movie production company behind such great sci-fi movies such as Sunshine and 28 Weeks Later, Judge Dredd will go into production in 2009.

Jason Kingsley, CEO and Creative Director said, ‘We can’t give away too many details at this point, but we’re looking forward to working with DNA Films to bring Judge Dredd back to the big screen.’”

That's it, but for me what the interesting part is what the 2000AD Forum members start talking about, potential casting. Let's run through a few suggestions that they come out with:

Jason Statham or Ron Perlman.

I'm sure you guys can come up with even more, but I think Jason Statham is a perfect choice for the role, perhaps Ron Perlman is just too associated with another big fantasy character to pull it off. Statham really does look the part though, the square jaw, the muscular frame, the voice.

The conversation there also leaps onto the fact that the production company here was behind 28 Weeks Later and Sunshine (Filmstalker review). There's a lot of excitement behind that fact, but in reality the production company can often do little more than arrange things behind the scenes, their involvement in the creative side is often very limited. However the past two films do indicate something, there's potential.

Could it be as big as the previous Judge Dredd? Not on paper I think, and not up to the point of people seeing the film, after that point I reckon that the film can be much, much better than the original, don't you think?



Dredd is American so the actor needs to have a convincing American accent. Not sure Jason Statham has one although I've only heard his natural British accent. I think an American or Canadian actor would be the best choice. Ron Perlman perhaps? An unknown actor could work too.

If the movie Gods are listening....cast RON PERLMAN as DREDD!!!!

After casting an American as Constantine (a movie I enjoyed by the way) I think it's only fair they cast Ray Winstone as Judge Dredd.

Tony makes a good point, Hollywood has no qualms in recasting foreigners as American, why should Dredd be any different, and for that matter why does it really matter if he's not?

whoever plays him,tell him to leave his hat on and put judge death in it.

Darren 100% agree, hat has to be on.

Judge Dredd is one of the best comic characters ever created and needs to be done correctly

on screen. The key to the character is his lack of emotion; he's not a robot but his

personality is completely tied in with what is right or wrong in the eyes of the law. That's

the reason behind his catch phrase 'I am the law ', He has no regard for the other

trivialities of life like love - he only loves the law anything else has been burned from

his psyche or repressed. That's the point of the character and what makes him unique, he's

like a machine with no regard for even himself and he'll go to any degree to protect the law

of his city.
The screen writer of the original movie (William Wisher I think) had absolutely no idea

about how to portray the character. When it comes down to it - Dredd is simple to write when

you realize that he only has one real motivation, and all the comedy and absurdity in the

comic arise from his tunnel vision in following the letter of the law. Hes a man who IS a

machine - More than Robobop.
If you want an emotional center to a Dredd story - that will come from other characters like

Chopper, Anderson or PJ Maybe - not Dredd himself.
There are precedents onscreen of characters that we like but don't really 'Know ' - COLUMBO

being one example - it can be done, so there's no need for Hollywood to muck it up again.
Get Pat Mills Alan Grant or John Wagner involved with the script they're all geniuses.
Actor wise I think Clint Eastwood was the template but its too late for him now. Mickey

Rourke would be a better choice than Ron Perlman, either would be good. Bruce Campbell? On

looks alone the actor Richard Burgi would be a good choice - Look him up. Jason Statham would be the worst choice for the movie, he has no gravitas he cant do an American accent and he can just about say his own name much less act.

Far too harsh on Jason Statham, have you Seen Bank Job? He can act, there's no doubt of that, and his mastery of the English language is just fine.

I still haven't been persuaded why Dredd needs to be American.


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