Giant Judge Dredd Movie Update: New Title, Synopsis, Cast Addition, & Filming Location Revealed
Posted 09.04.10 by BrentJS
It was first announced back in December 2008 that Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) planned to bring Judge Dredd, one of Britain’s most beloved comic book heroes, back to the big screen, but the project only started picking up steam in recent months. First, Pete Travis (Endgame) was brought on as director and then it was announced at the San Diego Comic-Con that Karl Urban (Star Trek) would be starring in the title role. Now, a wealth of new information about the movie has been revealed, including the new title, the official synopsis, the addition of a new cast member who will play a major character in the Judge Dredd universe, the filming location, and the scheduled wrap date.
Unfortunately for fans of the brilliant Judge Dredd comic books and short stories in the British anthology magazine 2000 A.D. that first spawned the character, most people associate Judge Dredd with the forgettable Sylvester Stallone-led Judge Dredd movie from 1995. Judge Dredd’s creator,
John Wagner, disavowed Stallone’s movie . In addition, during a recent interview with MTV, Urban stated that the new movie is in "no way related" to the first one. Seemingly as a move to further distance the new movie from the 1995 one, the movie will simply be called Dredd, as revealed in the official synopsis on the IM Global international movie distribution site.
Dredd takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot — if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Pete Travis bring Dredd to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's revered comic strip.
Urban will not be alone on the mean streets of Mega City One. Variety recently revealed that Olivia Thirlby (Juno, Solitary Man) will join Urban as Cassandra Anderson, a telepathic rookie who will learn the ropes from Dredd. The character, known to comic book fans as Judge Anderson, was created by Wagner in 1980 and became so popular that a spin-off comic book was spawned for her, Anderson: Psi-Division.
According to EntertainmentAfrica, pre-production on Dredd officially commenced at Cape Town Film Studios in Cape Town, South Africa, on August 23rd, making it the first major 3-D action movie produced entirely in Africa. The site did not give a start date for principal photography, but states that the physical production will conclude in March 2011.