Judgment is coming, and as long as it looks precisely nothing like Sylvester Stallone, we're pretty sure we're going to like it.
No offense, Sly — we'll get enough of your badassery in "Expendables 2" — but we want you as far away from the "Judge Dredd" film franchise as possible after that 1995 disaster. In the latest adaptation of the 2000AD peacekeeper and facebreaker, "Dredd," it's Karl Urban who is putting on the iconic helmet and becoming the law. You can get a taste of the action yourself by checking out the brand new "Dredd" poster after the jump.
The hype for "Dredd" continues to get bigger and bigger.
A new image from the upcoming adaptation has been released by IM Global. Dredd looks like he's running for his life, but that is likely because of the massive explosion occurring behind him. The official "Dredd" Facebook page has also posted a lengthier synopsis than we've seen before, though it doesn't give away much in the sense of spoilers.
Read the full plot synopsis after the jump!
Hot off its presence at Cannes, the upcoming adaptation of "Dredd" is being featured on the cover of this week's issue of The Hollywood Reporter, and it looks like things are getting pretty heated for Karl Urban's Judge Dredd.
Urban has stepped into the distinctive helmet that Sylvester Stallone wore in 1995's "Judge Dredd." Both projects are based on the character of the same name that originally appeared in the British sci-fi anthology "2000 AD." From what we have heard, "Dredd" is going to be a lot closer in tone to the comic and will be grittier than the incarnation of the story that Stallone starred in.
A new promotional picture from the movie (which you can see above) also shows off the grittier, darker take on the "Dredd" story. Find out what people had to say about the film's debut at Cannes after the jump.
Tough! Gritty! Serious! These new stills from the Judge Dredd relaunch, "Dredd," are all about that.
It's already a sharper, more emphatic movie Dredd than we're used to -- one with his helmet on, unlike the previous Sly Stallone iteration. Instead, all we see of star Karl Urban is his five o'clock shadow and his impenetrable frown, just the way it's supposed to be. He is the law, truly.
While there are plenty of people out there who are more than happy to repeatedly watch Stallone's 1995 "Judge Dredd" film adaptation, I don't count myself among them. Sure, it's good for a campy laugh, but the movie veers too far from its 2000 AD namesake for me to really enjoy it. Now that Hollywood is taking a second crack at the franchise with "Dredd," there's some hope we'll see a better representation of the series.
MTV News caught up with Olivia Thirlby, who portrays Cassandra Anderson in the film, during the Sundance Film Festival. Apparently, she spent some time digging into the comic books before tackling the role.
"The script was really, really good," said Thirlby. "But I was playing a character that existed in the comics, and actually had her own spin-off, 'Judge Anderson'...I looked at the comics a lot. She was drawn by a bunch of different people, as well as written by a bunch of different people. So, there's lots of different Andersons."
Earlier last month, tucked into a Daily Record interview with Grant Morrison, news of a "Rogue Trooper" film adaptation snuck out. It was just a little snippet of information, but it was in black-and-white: Morrison was working on a screenplay featuring the blue commando. Of course, nothing more was said about the supposed project, and it's fair to say it sort of fell off the radar in the last few weeks.
A new interview with "Rogue Trooper" parent company, Rebellion, doesn't exactly confirm that the film is green-lit, but there's a good chance the adaptation is one of two properties being optioned.
UPDATE: Director Peter Travis and screenwriter Alex Garland have released a statement about the current "Dredd" developments. Their statement, via Superhero Hype:
"During all stages of the filmmaking, 'Dredd' has been a collaboration between a number of dedicated creative parties. From the outset we decided on an unorthodox collaboration to make the film. This situation has been misinterpreted. To set the record straight, Pete was not fired and remains a central part of the collaboration, and Alex is not seeking a co-director credit. We are all extremely proud of the film we have made, and respectfully suggest that it is judged on viewing when its released next year."
Our original report follows.
After playing Éomer in the “Lord of the Rings” movies and Dr. Bones McCoy in “Star Trek,” you’d think that Karl Urban would have built up enough geek credit to see the Kiwi actor through the rest of his career. But Urban is further shoring up his pop culture pedigree by starring in the 2012 film “Dredd.”
We’ve known since last year that Urban will be playing Judge Dredd in the 2012 adaptation of the legendary “2000 AD” property, but now, via the good folks at Bleeding Cool, comes an awesome look at Urban all suited up and ready to adjudicate.
Check it out after the jump!
Sylvester Stallone's "Judge Dredd" adaptation wasn't exactly a fan-favorite, to say the least. Thankfully, the character's silver screen revival in "Dredd" looks a lot more promising, a fact that's further endorsed by comments from co-creator John Wagner.
Wagner recently visited the South Africa set of "Dredd" and has discussed his experiences on Facebook (via Bleeding Cool), saying that his expectations for this version of Mega City One's helmeted enforcer are a lot higher than Stallone's previous effort.
"Very pleased with what I saw of Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby," he said. "Both excellent in their roles and work well as a team. Entire crew really dedicated and determined to produce a damned good movie." Read More...
When Karl Urban suits up to play Judge Dredd in director Pete Travis' "Dredd," he'll be going up against the fiercest enemy the Terminators have ever known: Sarah Connor.
Well, not literally Sarah Connor, but the actress who played her on television. Judge Dredd Movie News (via Bleeding Cool) reports that "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" star Lena Headey is joining the cast of "Dredd" as the film's villain, Madeline Madrigal.
The scarred Madrigal, also known as Ma-Ma, is a gang leader who presides over the Peach Tree City Block in Mega City One. Bleeding Cool reports that nearly all of "Dredd" takes place in this location as part of "an extended action sequence not too dissimilar, I guess, to the Die Hard paradigm." Read More...