Pete Travis to Direct 3-D Judge Dredd Reboot
05.19.10 by BJSprecher
It's been several months since there was any word on the Judge Dredd reboot in development from Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle's DNA Films. Now, however, it appears that it's full steam ahead on the project as Reliance BIG Pictures recently announced that it would be financing Boyle's vision to the tune of $45 million, with the intention of releasing the movie in 3-D. Reliance's press release also included the news that Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Endgame) had been hired to direct.
Created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra and published in the British science fiction anthology 2000 A.D., Judge Dredd takes place in a dark, futuristic world in which armored "Judges" are empowered to act as police, judge, jury and executioner. The character was the subject of the laughable 1995 movie starring Sylvester Stallone, which Wagner said that he "hated," calling it "a dynastic power struggle that had little connection with the character we know from the comic." In the Reliance press release, Wagner sounded much more confident about the new Judge Dredd movie and the script by Alex Garland, Boyle's screenwriter on 28 Days Later and Sunshine.
Alex Garland's script is faithful to the original concept that made Judge Dredd a favourite bad-ass hero. It's a high-octane slay ride through the dark underbelly of the vast future city. A fan pleaser.
Garland is also producing Judge Dredd, along with 28 Weeks Later producers Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich, and said that Travis is the perfect director for the reboot.
I grew up reading Judge Dredd. The incredible writers and artists of 2000 AD were formative influences on me. Andrew, Allon and I have developed this adaptation of Judge Dredd with an emphasis on adrenaline and realism, but with all the scale and spectacle of Mega-City One. We think Pete's propulsive, edgy style is a perfect match for the project.
Judge Dredd will begin filming in the fourth quarter of 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.