Latest on the Judge Dredd Reboot

Seems like a lot of sci-fi/action remakes or reboots are in order for the next year or so.  One that has long been in development is Dredd, a reboot of Judge Dredd staring Sylvester Stallone based on a comic book character far in the future that protects Earth’s residents from mutants from another Earth.  The title character will now be played by Karl Urban and a full synopsis from says:

“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. Dredd’s latest challenge is Ma-Ma (Lena Headey), the matriarch of a gang that sells a reality-altering drug known as SLO-MO to the residents of Mega City One. With the help of a young trainee (Olivia Thirlby), Dredd must venture into some of the city’s worst places to dispense his ruthless brand of justice.”

Most recent news on the film comes from an interview with the antagonist, Ma-Ma played by Lena Headey who most of us probably recognize from HBO’s Game of Thrones.  She says this take on the film is “really British” and goes on to elaborated that it is more ominous and violent.  Heady states that Ma-Ma is a former prostitute that kills her pimps and takes the reins of his drug ring and is described as a “old great white shark” looking for something bigger and meaner to take her down.  And based on the pictures she definitely seems like an animal that has seen her share of  battles.

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Something else I have gathered from other articles is that the title character will be depicted differently from the Sly Stallone version, for obvious reasons.  I think it is safe to say we will not be hearing any snappy one liners typical of Stallone’s movies.  Judge Dredd creator, John Wager, commented the Stallone was not a poor Stallone but that “Karl Urban will not remove his helmet and will not kiss his costar.”

So basically what I am getting from this film is that it is different from the Dredd we know just like the new Total Recall film will be practically a completely different story from the original.  Look forward to a trailer soon!


Consulted Articles:

Chitwood, Adam.  “New Image of Lena Headey in DREDD; Actress compares Her Character to a Great White Shark.”  Date published:  May 7, 2012

Outlaw, Kofi.  “Judge Dredd Creator Talks Reboot vs. Stallone Film.”  Date Published:  January 19, 2012.

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