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.
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.
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.