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Alex Garland Is Writing Judge Dredd
Drokk!

09 September 2009  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: MTV / Twitter

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Perhaps this shouldn't be so much of a surprise, given that Judge Dredd is a project nestling under the wing of Danny Boyle's DNA films. But we're still ludicrously excited by the news, picked up from Twitter by MTV's Splashpage, that Alex Garland is working on a draft of the script.

Garland previously wrote The Beach, 28 Days Later, and Sunshine for Boyle, and his involvement was confirmed via tweet by British comics artist Mark "Jock" Simpson, who has worked extensively on Dredd strips for 2000AD and has been coming up with concept art for the projected new film. "Working through script visuals for Judge Dredd movie. Alex Garland writes a great script," is the full missive.

The dystopian police-state satire has been running in the weekly 2000AD comic since 1977, and has also had its own monthly 'Megazine' since 1990. Lest we forget (or perhaps we should), a 1995 film attempt starred Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider, and was directed by Danny Cannon. It tried hard, and occasionally looked impressive, but was horribly compromised by the fact that only Cannon had any appreciation of the source material, and didn't have the Hollywood power to fight his corner.

Time will tell if this new version sees the light of day, but with DNA and now Garland involved, things are certainly looking up. Screw Gran Torino, this should be Clint Eastwood's acting swansong!

 


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New Dredd Leading Role Suggestions???
I think Gerard Butler would be a good dredd More

Posted by DJWATT at 14:02 on 30 September 2009 | Report This Post

New Dredd Leading Role Suggestions???
I think Gerard Butler would be a good dredd More

Posted by DJWATT at 03:25 on 30 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hollywood Great Britian Merger = terrific
Most actors are too soft these days to play Dredd More

Posted by hempire at 20:47 on 12 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hollywood Great Britian Merger = terrific
yeah that's 95% serious.. and 5% humor .. damnit..  More

Posted by KRB at 12:44 on 12 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hollywood Great Britian Merger = terrific
L: Invader_Ace You never picked up any comic relief in all that time?!  Or is it just that you don't want any of that transferring to the screen? So no Fatties, Simps, Gimps, Bat-Gliders, One-liners, Amusingly Named Tower Blocks, Wobots... am sitting here right now with an issue of Dredd's crime file from 1989 where he is holding a box where it says "Super Flab-on" and there is a picture of a 300 pound man with a little wheel under his belly. :) Yes I realize that Dredd ha More

Posted by KRB at 12:41 on 12 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hollywood Great Britian Merger = terrific
L: KRB  I have been a huge fan of Dredd since I was 6 or 7 years old. This movie should not .. by any means have any comic relief. sp; You never picked up any comic relief in all that time?!  Or is it just that you don't want any of that transferring to the screen? So no Fatties, Simps, Gimps, Bat-Gliders, One-liners, Amusingly Named Tower Blocks, Wobots... More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 15:56 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Director: Verhovan
Can everyone just leave it out?!  Rourke is pretty much the worst choice for Dredd ever!  Maybe he could be Mean Machine, but, c'mon, his features are pretty much the exact opposite of the phrase  Ol' Stoney Face! More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 15:52 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Director: Verhovan
Hi drich90215 - I definitely agree with you on the Paul Verhoven as director! Good call! I never thought of that but you are totally right.. the first Robocop really did have a "Judge Dredd" kind of feel.. and it was also violent as hell plus the humor that was just right. I support that.   In regards to a muscle man... well. I am not saying that it shouldn't be a muscle man... but it does not necessarily  be. Again I think that Rorschach was a perfect example of a "non built More

Posted by KRB at 14:47 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

Director: Verhovan
The one perfect director for judge Dredd always was Paul Verhoven. The Tone of the original Robocop movie was always very close to the feel and the humour from the Judge Dredd comic. Starship Troopers Proves this as well; there arent any other directors outside of straight up comedy directors that can get that humour but Verhoven also knows how to do action. KRB I think youre wrong about not getting a muscle man for Dredd. Remember Clint Eastwood in his day was a bit of a muscle man but his he More

Posted by drich90215 at 13:07 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Hollywood Great Britian Merger = terrific
Man I am so happy to see that many Dredd fans united (sort of)! I have been a huge fan of Dredd since I was 6 or 7 years old. I have always imagined the movie to be directed by someone like David Fincher... the grainy, rainy, rough, bleak reality of "7" would be perfect for Dredd and Megacity.     This movie should not .. by any means have any comic relief. The 1995 movie had some very good elements and they nailed a lot of things. I even would go as far as saying that Stallone wa More

Posted by KRB at 11:21 on 11 September 2009 | Report This Post

Hollywood Great Britian Merger = terrific
The Uninted Kingdom of Great Britian can also "British-ize" American subjects as well. For instance: THE DIG http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dig "Th e Dig A team of five is tasked with the mission of taking the Space Shuttle Atlantis to the asteroid, named "Attila" after Attila the Hun (to be distinguished from the real asteroid 1489 Attila), and plant nuclear explosives on its surface to cause it to divert to a stable orbit around the Earth. The title More

Posted by GFT at 21:55 on 10 September 2009 | Report This Post

Dredd??ut he manages to be
Ive said this before but....Mr Ron Pearlman, he's getting on a bit, but he manages to be Hellboy, or Mickey Rourke Marv was a complete twat and so is Dredd ?? Either them, or Bruce Willis as long as the helmet stays on, but hes a bit too slender , im going away to think about some more More

Posted by dropkickmurphy1972 at 20:26 on 10 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: multi-post mayhem pt.2
L: Dr Science Alex garland is a lucky fucker - but I'm not convinved that he's a great choice - nothing that he's written before has demotnstrated an ability to write bad-ass or balls-out action, and he's not really delivered any decent satire either. Why give the job to someone who'e never written a Dredd story when there must be at least a hundred 2000ad writers with first-hand experience. At least get him a co-writer. sp; His novels, The Beach and The Tesseract, would both be ample More

Posted by Garth_Marenghi at 01:12 on 10 September 2009 | Report This Post

Wolverine as Dredd?
As Judge Dredd was modelled on Clint Eastwood and Clint's now too old for it, the obvious choice for the part would be Hugh Jackman. I wonder will they have Dredd remove his helmet like he did in the Stallone version. More

Posted by BenTramer at 23:56 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

hould skip Dredd and make a Judge Anderson film More

Posted by punchdrunk at 23:10 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: multi-post mayhem pt.4
Clint Eastwood say twenty years ago was right on the money. Hard as steel, and he can act. But in modern day terms I'm pretty stumped, I completely agree Dredd should be a mature man hardened by his cause. To have someone young would be dumb. I really hope they go to town on making the environment of Megacity 1 a tangible place that feels like a city of the future. Lots of intricacies and detail, let's aim for say... the look of Blade Runner as a high water mark. That's how you do a ci More

Posted by Rich Empire at 22:25 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

It could reallt work...
Strip away the Sci-Fi element of the last movie had at it’s basic core is a very similar story to “Gladiator”. One became a classic, the other – well. It’s hard to imagine you could start with such elements and end up with such a very mediocre sci-fi. A good reboot could really work. “The Dead Man / Necropolis” or “Machanismo / Doomsday” . So many options.... More

Posted by Hugo Agogo at 22:22 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Am I the only one........
.......who sees Dougray Scott playing Judge Dredd? More

Posted by tetchy at 22:15 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: multi-post mayhem pt.4
I really really hope this goes through and done correctly. With Alex Garland it just might. Dont like the idea of John C.Mckinley as Dredd though, I find him way too annoying, although he does have the physical look to play the part. I always wanted Clint Eastwood or R. Lee Emery to play the part. Thay are both pretty old now but so is Dredd. I think he is in 50's or 60's by this stage. More

Posted by jermreen at 21:37 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

multi-post mayhem pt.4
I hope they don't go straight to Judge Death and Judge Anderson - they need to have the franchise established before they introduce that storyline More

Posted by Dr Science at 21:09 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

multi-post mayhem pt.3
I'd love to see either Chopper story or PJ Maybe as the antagonists - if they go with a story that paints Dredd as a black and white hero then they'll miss the point - it needs to be ambiguous - the audience shouldn't be sure whether they're supposed to be cheering for Dredd. I reckon they'll play it safe and classic and go for some variation on the Block Wars plot. More

Posted by Dr Science at 21:07 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

multi-post mayhem pt.2
Alex garland is a lucky fucker - but I'm not convinved that he's a great choice - nothing that he's written before has demotnstrated an ability to write bad-ass or balls-out action, and he's not really delivered any decent satire either. Why give the job to someone who'e never written a Dredd story when there must be at least a hundred 2000ad writers with first-hand experience. At least get him a co-writer. More

Posted by Dr Science at 21:03 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

multi-post mayhem pt.1
Someone else suggested this in an old blog and I thought it was inspired - John C McGinley for Dredd!! - hard as nails and mean as a bag of mutant scorpions More

Posted by Dr Science at 20:59 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

RICHARD BURGI !!!
Richard Burgi Plays Terri Hatcher's Ex in Desperate Housewives and Ever since I saw him in the first season of 24 I thought that he looked Very Dredd like. He's not an obvious choice but I think He's a good one. Look at a photo of the guy on Google and tell me I'm wrong! While I'm At it - Damian Lewis from Band of Brothers for Johnny Alpha!! More

Posted by drich90215 at 20:06 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Manhatten Law
Nothing wrong with having an unknown actor play the part (lets not forget Claude Rains only showed his face in the last few seconds of the Invisible Man...also plenty of good actors have played the Phantom of the Opera)...and surround Dredd with well known faces. So really, Dredd could be played by anyone...known or unknown...but for me there is only one person who could carry off that part...Woody Allen...the sardonic quips would be deadly...if slightly Jewish. :) More

Posted by MaxRenn at 19:55 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

i am kinda excited hopefully it'll be the brit flick we want badly and i say we get ron pearlman. More

Posted by Director at 18:37 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

STALLONE Not STATHAM
I'm a Life long Die Hard Dredd Fan, I know the character inside and out, and we all know that the one perfect person to play Dredd was always Clint Eastwood- but lets face it he's just too old. Mickey Rourke and Ron Perlman are the obvious choices that everyone comes out with these days and Yeah I can see That too. Is there anyone out there who can replace what Clint would have made of the role Though I dunno. I Hated Stallone in that Last Film But Something In me is Saying -Give Him Another C More

Posted by drich90215 at 17:59 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Shame they can't bring more 2000AD to silver screen
It'd be great to give The Judge another bite at the apple but, has to be said, there are far more interesting characters in the 2000AD unvierse like the ABC warriors or more inportantly Sláine!... If your in any doubt about Sláine check out this pretty amazing fan trailer for the epic graphic novel 'The Horned God' http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRIPAsbhZpM More

Posted by Greagoir at 17:06 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

If the mask was never removed in V For Vendetta, the EXACT same thing should happen in Judge Dredd. Nono to mask removal More

Posted by Dr Manhattan at 16:48 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

DON'T cast a known acte because they WILL want to show their face. An uknown won't worry so much and more importantly won't have the clout to make them reveal his face. Imagine if Robocop had had a huge star. More

Posted by bagrot1 at 16:32 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Double agreement.
Ron Perlman or Mickey Rourke. If I had to choose one, I'd put my vote next to The Perl. On the other hand, maybe it'd be good to think up some actors who haven't already done several comic-book movies. More

Posted by The Tingler at 16:09 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Rules
we need rules for this. Never EVER remove the Judge's Helmet, never done in the comic so abide by the rules "dude". Loved the comic, always have and always will and bonus for the film would be Judge Death... I hope this could work!!! More

Posted by nybras at 15:52 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Ron Pearlman!
end of More

Posted by markshepherd at 15:43 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Brandon Routh
Nuff' said! More

Posted by CUrraNT at 15:22 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Keep the mystery revisited
I'm going to suggest Nathan Fillion...simply because I haven't suggested him for a film in a while and he should be in everything!!   Oh and Garland on board fills me fairly meh. Sunshine was spectacular...The Beach, yea not so much. More

Posted by waltham1979 at 15:01 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Keep the mystery revisited
And make him have a chin that could crack Rourkes nuts! More

Posted by jem0013 at 14:28 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Keep the mystery
Lets have an unknown, or at least little known so as to avoid the producers wanting to take his helmet off. Oh yeah, Strontium Dog is defo a must! More

Posted by jem0013 at 14:23 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

MICKEY ROURKE!
Brilliant suggestion! Love it! More

Posted by El-Branden Brazil at 14:20 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: oops...
Well, if Garland's involved, you can pretty much guarantee it'll start off well, then run out of ideas about two thirds in & have a completely rubbish ending. More

Posted by BudBaxter at 13:59 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: oops...
I think Ryan Reynolds. He's pushed for everything else comic-related. More

Posted by aidanf at 13:29 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

oops...
Sorry about the double post. More

Posted by albumental at 13:10 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

The Kurgan
I always thought Clancy Brown would make a brilliant JD. He's deffo got the chinnage. More

Posted by albumental at 13:09 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

The Kurgan
I always thought Clancy Brown would make a brilliant JD. He's deffo got the chinnage. More

Posted by albumental at 13:07 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Josh Brolin
Think someone mentioned him earlier... great call! More

Posted by bronco3114 at 12:50 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Rourke
I was going to say Rourke, damn you!!!! So yes. Great minds think alike. Mickey Rourke + Alex Garland + Helmet on + Alfonso Cuaron = Dreddful! (by which I mean good, not dreadful. Obviously)   #ff0000]The Incredible Suit More

Posted by David Somerset at 12:45 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Rourke
L: ryanjonfoster Rourke anybody? seems to fit the criteria sp; Good shout. More

Posted by CORLEONE at 12:12 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Dredd needs to hit the big screen with an understanding of the dark cynicism and humour of the comics - I'm sure DB is the guy to make that happen. Oh, and Michael Chiklis was born to play Dredd... More

Posted by Bosskatte at 11:53 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Rourke
Rourke anybody? seems to fit the criteria More

Posted by ryanjonfoster at 11:31 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

No Danny Boyle
I hope Danny Boyle doesn't get involved in this seeing as he's said he doesn't like comic book films and has no interest in being involved when asked about it earlier this year. I'd rather see him get to work on something he's passionate about and leave Dredd for someone that wants to do it (although Dredd is one comic character I personally never gave two hoots about). More

Posted by bobthegrinch at 11:29 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Timothy Olyphant
anyone whose seen Deadwood will know he'd make an ace Dredd.. More

Posted by jameswhaleofatime at 11:20 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Timothy Olyphant
anyone whose seen Deadwood will know he'd make an ace Dredd.. More

Posted by jameswhaleofatime at 11:17 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Let the search for the man with the chin, begin!
I'm still a fan of the original myself, if only there had been no drokkin' Rob Schnyder and kept the grud damn helmet on you'd have had a much more appreciated film. That aside, I can't think of many who can fill the chin of Dredd though, Stallone obviously, Bruce Campbell, Eastwood would suffice as Dredd's clone father, Judge Fargo, Ron Pearlman would be perfect I reckon. Boyle for director, yes please! More

Posted by bilfred89 at 11:16 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Yes, make it like Sin City I say and put the Fatties in there - it's ripe for a ribbing of modern American society. Oh and not so many special bullets for Dredd's gun this time. Josh Brolin would make a great Dredd. More

Posted by granny at 11:11 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: I'm so excited
Whichever story they do, I hope they pick a strong one where Dredd is the most important character, but not necessarily the central. The stories are as much about Mega City 1 and its bonkers inhabitants as anything else. Dredd is so unbending (Old Stoney Face, etc), it's hard to give him an arc; the original film completely undermined him by making him adapt. He never adapts, because he is the law, and the city in a way. Sorry... "duh lurr"... Stallone shouldn't go anywhere near it. He doe More

Posted by Najemikon at 10:57 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Now bring on Strontium Dog... More

Posted by dunstabledoug at 10:15 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

I'm so excited
As a 20 year reader of Dredd I cannot wait, but I fully appreciate this could turn out to be pants. If it's done '300 style' the medium will be a lot more forgiving of some of the more bonkers plotlines of Dredd. Personally, I'd like to see the Judgement Day storyline. Dredd and Alpha! How ace would that be? More

Posted by Tokkas100 at 09:53 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

You know what, I'm gonna say it.....
Bring back Stallone, his chin is still a perfect fit. BUT FFS!! KEEP THE HELMET ON!! More

Posted by peopleunderthestairs at 09:48 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Garland for screenwriter, Boyle for Director please.
L: benj 01 sp; Speechless ay? More

Posted by CORLEONE at 09:32 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

And: KEEP THE FUCKING HELMET ON. More

Posted by rjgraham at 09:25 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Garland for screenwriter, Boyle for Director please.
Yes, yes, yes this is good news. More

Posted by morg1138 at 09:21 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Garland for screenwriter, Boyle for Director please.
More

Posted by benj 01 at 09:12 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Garland for screenwriter, Boyle for Director please.
More

Posted by benj 01 at 09:12 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
At last a reboot worth doing.   Hopefully they'll do something 300/Tron-esque visually. More

Posted by CORLEONE at 09:00 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

I really liked the first film, I think Sly nailed the part and Rob Schneider durpy durp durp durpy durp!!! Mr I am the Luuur Durpy durpy durp. More

Posted by sleepwalker at 08:54 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

Woohoo!
Is there a petition I can sign to get this rolling! Please let Judge Death turn up half way through the plot as the source of the problem Dredd is trying to deal with. More

Posted by steveg66 at 08:02 on 09 September 2009 | Report This Post

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