Duncan Jones on Why He Passed on Directing the Judge Dredd Reboot
08.15.10 by BJSprecher
Director Duncan Jones, whose 2009 sci-fi mystery movie Moon only opened in limited release but has since become something of a cult hit, recently revealed to IGN that he turned down an offer to direct the Judge Dredd reboot that is currently being developed by Danny Boyle's DNA Films, a decision he hopes he will not "rue" some day. Jones said that the script by Alex Garland (Sunshine) was "great" and that he "would have loved to" direct Judge Dredd, but he felt that his version would have been "too off the wall" and not "pitch-able" enough to get the go-ahead.
Thing was, I had such a strong idea of what I wanted to do with a Dredd movie, I could not bring myself to take it on and not do it my way! … and it's not like I could do it as a sequel either; my Dredd would have been really weird, and dark and funny, but not your traditional introduction to a hero character.
Judge Dredd will be directed by Pete Travis (Endgame), with Karl Urban playing the title role. No other casting announcements have been made at this time and it has not been revealed when the movie will go into production.