Garland: 'There Will Be No DREDD 2'
2012 brought movie goers our best possible chance at watching a decent adaptation of the 2000 A.D. title comic book, Dredd, with Pete Travis directing and lead actor Karl Urban starring, and the reviews consistently poured in to base claim appropriately. Unfortunately, the film commercially faltered and while some say this was due to bad advertising, others suggest that it probably suffered from the longstanding stigma behind its less-than-exemplary predecessor in 1995 with actor Sylvester Stallone at the time.
Nevertheless, social media became the ultimate tool for fans of Urban‘s performance seeking a sequel and any and all updates have pointed minimal, yet hopeful signs that another would come eventually. Blurbs from tge filmmakers, Urban, lead actress Olivia Thirlby and even as recently as executive producer Adi Shankar have kept the movement going while other inspired content creators have lended their efforts to maintain the continued tone of Travis’s film in their respective efforts with various webseries and shortfilm projects you can now find online. Of course, there was also the matter of understanding the business end of it which Shankar himself explained his own video discussing how film financing works and the challenges that await funding a sequel when its first film fails at the box office, all the while insisting that we at least keep the collective conversation online going so that we can help make Dredd 2 a reality.
Well, on Wednesday, that all came to a gut-wrenching screeching halt in an otherwise devastating report from i09 on the matter illustrating a recent statement from screenwriter Alex Garland who said the following:
There isn’t, as far as I can tell, going to be a Dredd sequel. The basic mechanics of film financing say that if you make a film that loses a ton of money, you’re not going to get a sequel. And that’s basically what happened.
And I understand and appreciate the support the film has had, and the campaigns that have existed for it, and it’s really genuinely gratifying — I love it in all respects except one, which is when I hear about people buying copies of the DVD in order to boost sales and to change the figures. And what I want to say to them is, “Don’t do that. Keep your money.” Because the people that are making the decisions are much colder and harder than that. And the graphs they’re looking at are not really going to be sufficiently dented by that.
So the support for the film is truly appreciated. But if there is going to be a sequel, it’s not going to be me and the team of people who worked on the previous film, it’s going to be another bunch of people. And good luck to them, and I hope it happens. I really do. I hope they do a better job than we did.
Thinking about it, it does make sense that this film was unlikely to happen as the current film climate is pretty rough these days, and while few films that do fail succeed at a sequel for some reason or another in special cases, the mechanics of financing a movie are just ridiculous, generally. Needless to say though, it really does hurt that a second installment, whether or not it would be in sequel or prequel form, will never see the light of day. Dredd came at a time when R-rated action movies were becoming a dying breed fighting for their existence with Expendables-hype in the wake of vast comic book movie lore and YA novel fandom for PG-13 audiences, and if you keep up with movies, you can guess which rating guarantees the most money…hence, the dwindling prevalence of big-scale R-rated actioners as of late.
At best, no matter how you feel or what you think led to this, Dredd will ultimately go down in history as a sheer example of why you should never lose sight of a good thing. Having said that, in my humble opinion, “good” is a word that understates just how amazing this movie is, and indeed, time will tell if another director will manage to “do a better job” as Garland expresses. Because as it stands, the next director will have his/her work cut out for them.
On a seperate note, Mad Max: Fury Road was just granted an R-rating today by the MPAA. Reviews are imminent, so do pay attention, and lets grant THAT film a chance at sequel glory if so deserved. Just sayin.
'Dredd' Exec Producer Adi Shankar Announces Unofficial Webseries Based On The Film!
With the chances of an ever-hopeful sequel or a prequel to the 2012 cult hit, Dredd, still awaiting results, one of the film’s executive producers, Adi Shankar, particularly remained the most tight-lipped regarding that topic. So back when he administered a Reddit AMA session last year, at least one mention of a Dredd-related project gave way to the potential for a new shortfilm in the same vein of his two Bootleg Universe projects, Dirty Laundry and Venom: Truth In Journalism.
On Monday, The Wrap has since expanded on those updates with word that Shankar himself has been busy for the last two years, working on an unofficial off-the-grid Dredd series that will mainly focus on the Dark Judges. It will air online, possibly on YouTube in the form of a seven-part miniseries, as a thank you to fans everywhere who have spent the last two years keeping hopes for a Dredd 2 installation alive.
A premiere date and first-look promo content are still pending, so stay tuned for more info. In the meantime, hopefully you got your tickets to the Dredd screening at Tribeca Cinemas in New York City this weekend. If not, click here to get the lowdown!
Stay tuned for more info!
Revisit Mega City One With Your Own Illustrated Screenplay For DREDD 3D
We are proud to announce the limited edition DREDD ILLUSTRATED SCREENPLAY by Jock and Alex Garland! It includes Garland’s script with Jock’s storyboards and sketches. The paperback and very limited edition hardback are available to order from the 2000 AD website. The paperback will be available from all good booksellers in July.
Director Oliver Hollingdale Takes You To The Edge In The New Shortfilm Trailer For JUDGE DREDD: CURSED EDGE
Fan appreciation for the classic comic book character, Judge Dredd, has continued to increase since the release of the September 2012 theatrical reboot, Dredd 3D. Soon enough, as expectations of a sequel dissipated, indie filmmaker Oliver Hollingdale has been chronicling his efforts at his independent production company, Sunnymeade Films, to tap into shortfilm territory, working to reviving the magic brought on the big screen by Pete Travis last year.
An Aging Judge Brings The Law To The Lawless In JUDGE MINTY
2013 is a great year for action films of various kinds. It also turns out to a great year for Judge Dredd, the lonewolf long arm of the law in a lawless future based on a character created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra in 1976 for 2000 A.D.. Since its days as a comic book strip, the brand has seen its character brought to life by Sylvester Stallone in 1995, and actor Karl Urban in the highly acclaimed reboot, Dredd 3D, directed by Pete Travis in 2012.
Japan Gets A Home Release Date For DREDD
Fans can still purchase the film, as it is still being newly relased throughout the world depending on where you live. This summer, Japan is slated to release the film domestically on DVD and BluRay on a rental and retail date: May 22 and June 26 I think. (Correct me if I’m wrong).
DREDD 2 Is "Dead", But The Shortfilms Live On
And now, hammering the last nail in the coffin is news we can pretty much file in the “No s#!+” category is the word from Charles Webb at MTV Geek according to producer Adi Shankar that the sequel to the 2012 cult fan favorite smash, Dredd 3D is invariably dead. The news comes as several independent filmmakers are making efforts to perform their own take on the vision from Alex Garland and Pete Travis shared in their film released last year from independent company, DNA, and distributed by Lionsgate, starring actor Karl Urban in the title role of the futuristic law enforcer alongside actress Olivia Thirby and the film’s villainous femme fatale played by Lena Heady.
Want To See The New DREDD Fanfilm Trailer? Get More Likes!
Filmmaker Oliver Hollingdale took to Facebook this afternoon to announce a challenge to Dredd fans who have been long waiting for either the development of a sequel, or fan films by independent filmmakers of recent. Late last year, Hollingdale began pre-production of his inspired take on the comic-book movie character, built off the envisioned look in the 2012 film from director Pete Travis.
Sneaky Zebra Is Looking To Deliver Justice In JUDGE DEATH
You may recall a while back that after the release of DREDD 3D, all hope was lost for a sequel due to its undeserved box office demise. Fans and critics were devastated, even as home media sales were boomed over the praise of such an excellent, gritty and brutal 3D theatrical release. This prompted recent efforts by indie filmmaker Oliver Hollingdale to help carry on the legacy of director Pete Travis with the new shortfilm, Judge Dredd: Cursed Edge.
New Poster For Indie Film JUDGE DREDD: CURSED EDGE
Dredd (3D) starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirby and Lena Headey and directed by Pete Travis, fell short and far from its goals at the box office after its theatrical release in 2012, much to the dismay of many science fiction and action aficionados who expected the film to do better, considering its higher raise of approval among critics and fans, compared to its predecessor, Judge Dredd, with Sylvester Stallone, Rob Schneider and Armand Assante. To date, despite favorable DVD and Blu-Ray sales, there are no expectations for a sequel and all available Dredd-related props were put up for auction last month, leaving inspired filmmakers like Mr. Hollingdale, to pick up where Pete Travis left off and hopefully keep title character’s legacy going strong for audiences alike.