While fans have been clamouring for a big screen sequel ever since the release of 2012’s Dredd, the limited Box Office return of the film has meant there’s been little movement on Dredd 2 to date. However, 2000AD’s Judge Dredd may soon make his way to the small screen, as Entertainment Weekly report live-action TV series titled Judge Dredd: Mega City One is now in development.
Not a sequel to Dredd, but aiming to emulate the tone of the fan-favourite movie (with Dredd producers Jason and Chris Kingsley, and IM Global’s Stuart Ford behind the new venture), IM Global TV boss Mark stern has said it’s “one of those seminal sci-fi properties that seems to only become more and more relevant with age… Not only is it a rich world with biting social commentary, but it’s also fun as hell! As a fan of the comics and both films, it’s a dream come true to be able to work with Jason and Chris in adapting this for television.”
It might not be the announcement of a hard-R Netflix series some fans were hoping for, especially as it’s billed more as an ensemble piece following Dredd and other judges, and as yet doesn’t even have a home (IM Global and the Kingsleys will soon be shopping the show to various networks, and are sure there will be interest), but it’s great to hear the team behind Dredd are sticking with the world of 2000AD, and are dedicated to “aim to make a big budget production that will satisfy both our vast comics audience and the even greater general screen-watching public.”