Karl Urban Turns to Amazon and Netflix in Quest for New Dredd Project

Friday, 22 April 2016 - 3:22PM
Friday, 22 April 2016 - 3:22PM
Karl Urban Turns to Amazon and Netflix in Quest for New Dredd Project
When it first came out in 2012, Pete Travis's 'Dredd' barely made a dent on the box-office, taking just $6 million on its opening weekend. But Dredd was well-received by critics and fans alike, and while it didn't break even at theaters it went on to make a solid return on home entertainment platforms, building a significant cult following in the process. In the years following the release, fans of the 2000 AD comicbook hero have been desperate to see a sequel put into production, regularly voicing their opinions on the Internet, at Comic Cons, and just about anywhere else they can possibly be heard.

Another active voice in the 'More Dredd' movement is the man who played Dredd himself, Karl Urban. The Kiwi actor has been extremely vocal in his desire to get a sequel in production, but he has often admitted that after the first movie's underwhelming box-office performance, studios may be a little 'gun-shy'. However, Urban also draws reference to the three quarters of a million units the movie shifted on DVD and Blu-Ray and he has always insisted that Dredd fell short at theaters because people simply didn't know the movie was out there.



But as time goes by, our hopes of a sequel seem to get slimmer and slimmer. Just last year, Alex Garland said he would be unlikely to return to script another Dredd movie, while others have continued to question its commercial viability. Now, though, it looks like Urban is ready to try a different approach in his push for new Dredd stories. Just yesterday the actor responded to a tweet petitioning Amazon and Netflix to commission a Dredd TV show, stating that he's all in for such a project.


While it's logical that Urban would want to reprise the role, we cant help but think that a sweet spot may just have been touched upon. As we've seen with the likes of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, streaming platforms are more than capable of serving as the platform for strong, gritty genre storytelling. In fact, in many respects a Dredd TV show would be even better than a Dredd 2 movie.

For a start, a TV show would allow for a greater exploration of the Mega City 1 world, as well as being able to do more justice to some of the comics' many fringe characters. Seeing the likes of PJ Maybe and Morton Judd come to life in a Netflix or Amazon series would be a dream come true for many fans, and the serial format would allow for so much more freedom than any movie would. 

Let's just hope somebody from Netflix or Amazon is listening. Until then, we've always got the insane Dark Horse Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Alien comicbook crossover event to look forward to.
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