Watch: Adi Shankar Explains How Dredd 2 Could Get Made
The fact that 2012's Dredd was technically a financial failure hasn't stopped it from becoming a cult favorite among sci-fi fans, but it has made it much more difficult for a sequel to be greenlit. However, there are still a few possibilities for Dredd 2 to actually happen, according to Dredd producer Adi Shankar:
In this unexpectedly funny and profanity-laced video, Shankar explains that in spite of Dredd's extremely vocal fanbase clamoring for a sequel, it will be difficult for a Dredd 2 to actually happen, mostly as a result of the combination of a high budget and a lack of studio backing. The original movie, although a high-budget sci-fi actioner, was technically an indie movie, and the fact that the film didn't earn its budget back isn't encouraging to potential investors. Some of the actual content of the video, particularly about the ins-and-outs of indie movie financing, is a bit dry, but the plethora of f-bombs keep things interesting.
But the part that will be of the most interest to Dredd fans is Shankar's list of what needs to happen for a sequel to get made. First, the budget could be decreased by a whole lot, possibly through found footage; second, a high-profile director could take the reins and get studio backing; third, a major movie star could join Karl Urban and increase the film's worth.
Shankar admits that the second option, especially, is highly unrealistic, since high-profile directors don't tend to direct films in other directors' franchises. And people are pretty tired of found footage, but it might be worth it. I don't usually enjoy action movies, and I loved Dredd. It was obviously a huge hit with fans, and received overwhelmingly positive reviews from critics, which is extremely rare for sci-fi action movies.
Plus, Shankar has proven himself to be a huge talent, between the original Dredd, the unofficial spin-off Superfiend, and last week's gritty, violent Power/Rangers short starring Katee Sackhoff and James Van der Beek. But my favorite film by Shankar is definitely the short film Punisher: Dirty Laundry, which is considered by many Punisher fans to be the definitive film adaptation of the antihero thus far: