Dredd is hitting our screens in the UK from September 7th, 2012 and the US from September 21st, 2012. Screenwriter Alex Garland recently spoke about the film and commented on Dredd’s uniform, especially the Eagle on his shoulder which is not quite the same for the new look.
“I felt the eagle would snag fabrics or something as Dredd would walk past them – curtains trailing after his arm, I was quite keen to move him away from the superhero, make him very much a man who, when people shoot at him, has to take cover. There’s a human being there and to help ground it, we gave him, as you can see, body armour.”
Garland has also spoken about his thoughts on a trilogy if the first film is a success.
“I worked on this whole script about Judge Dredd versus Judge Death, who is a supernatural character (a zombified version of Dredd from a parallel dimension where living is a crime). Then I realised that this was not the best place to start a Dredd story, but to end it. And a trilogy shape began to emerge out of that wrong step.” The sequel will see the title character head into a very different terrain as, “there is, outside of Mega-City One, this desert terrain, The Cursed Earth.” Meanwhile, Judge Death will be the perfect way to finish off the trilogy as it would mean that we see, “The city coming under this huge threat.”
They’ve got to get Doug Jones in to play Judge Death.
During the shoot there were rumours that director Pete Travis was taken out of the equation during editing. However, speaking to Empire, Travis cleared that up.
“It was all bollocks, really,” Travis explains. “Dredd was always an extraordinary collaboration between lots of different people. Alex’s interpretation of Dredd’s world was the inspiration for me to get involved.”
“I have no idea where that [rumour] came from. We stand by the unusual collaboration. Everything was built around the script and the character.”
Karl Urban has also spoken about returning as Dredd if a sequel is made.
Yeah, absolutely. But you know I just want to say if you know this film is a one-off cult classic, than I’m cool with that because I’m really proud of the film. And we showed it the other night and the audience loved it. And to me that’s like, I’m happy. I’m good. If we don’t end making more of these, than I’m cool with that because it’s all good on my end. If we’re fortunate enough if it blows up at the box office, then absolutely I would definitely love to come back and reprise the role and make more of these. I just think there’s so much fertile ground to explore within the character and within the world. And I would love to see the continuing story and the evolution of these characters and the relationship between Anderson and Dredd. And it would be interesting to find out more about the world, more about Dredd. It would be really cool to see the Dark Judges. There’s so much. And it would be great to – we’ve seen one aspect, one sector of Mega-City One. It would be great to see other aspects.