Karl Urban Updates Judge Dredd
10.02.10 by Ryan
Director Pete Travis' upcoming reboot of the British comic book hero Judge Dredd, titled Dredd, recently received its official synopsis, which proves that the reboot could be the "very gritty, hardcore, faithful adaptation" lead actor Karl Urban promised in August. Urban spoke to IGN and updated the progress on the movie, which looks like it has a production start date.
We've got a really great script and we're putting together a really fantastic cast. Pete Travis is directing and we're going to start shooting in about eight weeks in South Africa. It is kind of based on an amalgamation of stories. It's a day-in-the-life of Dredd as he gets to put his rookie — Anderson (Olivia Thirlby — through her paces. It's going to be hardcore.
Urban admitted to being a big fan of the comic book.
I first started reading Judge Dredd comics when I was probably about 15, working in a pizza parlour. I really responded to the character and the world, so I'm pretty thrilled to be given the opportunity to take this one on.
What Urban wasn't a big fan of was 1995's Judge Dredd that starred Sylvester Stallone. Urban has already stated that Dredd is "no way related" to the Stallone version.
I read an interview that Stallone had given, and by his own admission, he said that he felt that his Judge Dredd movie was a missed opportunity. It's not really for me to voice my opinion as to what didn't work in the movie for me, but I can say that our version is in no way related to that — it's a different beast. It's going to be much more gritty, much more real — the environment, Mega City One, is going to feel like a real city. It's not going to feel like a Hollywood back-lot. There will be no gold cod-pieces, and we're definitely going to stay faithful to the way that the character was originally conceived and written. He'll keep [the] helmet on.
Alex Garland adapted the screenplay from
John Wagner's comic. Dredd has no release date scheduled, but will arrive in theaters in 3-D.