Judge Dredd film in development
It'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?
“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:
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?