Judge Dredd May Be Getting a Sequel Featuring Judge Death

Monday, 03 October 2016 - 12:59PM
Monday, 03 October 2016 - 12:59PM
Judge Dredd May Be Getting a Sequel Featuring Judge Death
Most people remember the release of 2012's Judge Dredd as a hyper-violent splatterfest that summed up every parent's worst fears about violent movies. It was like that scene in Robocop where Robocop shoots the sex offender in the genitals, but expanded to a whole movie. It was outrageous, obscene, and uber-graphic. Needless to say, fans loved it. And for those hoping for a second helping of "I AM THE LAW," the future looks hopeful indeed.

For those of you who aren't familiar with Dredd and think his movies and comics are essentially pseudo-fascist propaganda, now might be the time to read up a bit about what went into his creation. According to an article in the Washington Times, Dredd came out of 1970s England, when conservative worries (joblessness, street crime, and overpopulation) were at an all-time high. With the looming threat of authoritarian rule, John Wagner, the co-creator of Dredd, wanted to create a comic that satirized the heavy-handedness that was gaining sway in British society:

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The early Dredd tales are not critical of those fears so much as the freewheeling authoritarian response that Dredd represents. But it's telling that Mr. Wagner's presentation was sufficiently subtle in early issues that he actually received letters from readers who supported Dredd and the Judges system.

Even the satirical instinct behind that system is as libertarian as it is liberal: It's premised on a distrust of authority in general and state power in specific. 
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So there are some deep political conversations embedded in Dredd and everything he represents. At the same time, it's still fun to watch a Gatling gun saw through the walls of a prison or see Dredd gunning down bad guys with outlandish weapons. As Sylvester Stallone's version demonstrated, Dredd also has a campy, over-the-top side that turns violence into spectacle. And according to John Wagner, we should be looking for a sequel:

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Well, there will be a sequel, I just don't know when or who'll do it but it'll happen...It would work very well as a television show – it just depends on how it's done. It could work very as a film. I mean – everyone wants to see Judge Death, don't they?"
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Judge Death? You mean the zombie Judge from Deadworld who thinks that "The crime is life, the sentence is death!" and commits himself to killing everyone alive? Where was he the first film, John Wagner? That would have been amazing!

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That was actually the first script that Alex Garland did was a Judge Death script but Fox, who they were dealing with at the time, turned it down. They wanted more nuts and bolts before they went into the [metaphysical].
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Judge Death was in the original script! We could have had that psychopathic skeleton back in 2012! But whenever the next Dredd adaptation gets made, Wagner wants him in there. That's something to look forward to.

In the meantime, we're left with the knowledge that Fox cut out a murderous zombie Judge from another dimension from its Judge Dredd movie. And that may be the greatest crime of all.
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