Dystopian Cop 'Judge Dredd' is Getting a Live-Action TV Show
Despite being a relatively popular comic-book character, Judge Dredd had a brief and wildly mixed bag of adventures in other media. The first movie in 1995 starring Sylvester Stallone was a disaster, and while the 2012 film Dredd (starring Karl Urban of Star Trek) was much better, not many people saw it.
But the Judge isn't gone yet, because a live-action television show about Dredd is now in the works, called Judge Dredd: Mega City One. Independent entertainment studio IM Global and independent U.K. games developer and publisher Rebellion have signed on to turn the comic into a show. No network is attached yet, but it's hard to believe one won't be announced soon.
The IM Global CEO Stuart Ford and the two Rebellion owners, Jason and Chris Kingsley, all played integral roles as executive producers on 2012's Dredd - thankfully, no one from the less popular 1995 film will be involved with the series.
Judge Dredd is a murderous, no-nonsense cop in a cautionary comic about war and power. After international war turns most of the Earth into radioactive wasteland, survivors congregate to technologically advanced cities, known as mega-cities, in which robots have rendered many jobs obsolete. Judge Dredd is one of a lucky few who have careers as a "judge," a futuristic police officer who determines the crime, verdict, and punishment. Basically, Dredd is a one-man courthouse who's usually portrayed as an anti-hero.
The comic was created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra in 1977, first appearing in sci-fi comic 2000 AD. The show, which will be called Judge Dredd: Mega City One, is set to be an ensemble drama, following a team of Judges as they navigate the challenges that accompany having such a powerful position in an unruly world.
Mark Stern, the president of IM Global Television (who helped develop SyFy's Battstar Galactica), is ecstatic about the series and his excitement is almost contagious:
When Judge Dredd is done well (again, see the 2012 movie), the character can be a thrilling source of social commentary, delivered mostly through violent shootouts. So keep an eye out for Mega City One.