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Dredd Producer Shoots Down Sequel Talk
But a short might happen

27 March 2013  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Reddit (Via MTV)

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If you were still hoping that, despite faltering at the box office, the 2012 incarnation of Judge Dredd with Karl Urban in the suit might still spawn a sequel, you should probably try moving into the acceptance stage of grief now. Because, according to producer Adi Shankar, it’s not going to happen.

Talking with fans during a Reddit AMA – or Ask Me Anything online Q&A – Shankar addressed several questions about the Dredd sequel’s prospects, but was brutally honest in his assessment of why it won’t happen, at least in the foreseeable future. “It’s because the movie totally bombed and R-rated movies are a tough sell to begin with," says Shankar. "If Dredd becomes a cult hit it will be awesome. Last September was a terrible month: Dredd bombed and then Looper became a massive hit a week later!”

Still, there is at least some hope for more Dredd. "I am working on a Dredd short in the vein of #DirtyLaundry... you’re actually the first person to know about this...” In case you’re wondering, the hashtagtastic title refers to a short created by Thomas Jane and backed by Shankar, which features Jane as the Punisher in all but name (see it below.) It’s certainly an intriguing, copyright-short cutting idea for Dredd, and the low-fi approach of the universe as seen in Alex Garland and Pete Travis’ film might lend itself to the thriftier budgets of shorts.

For now, however, it appears the only way we’ll see Mega-City One’s toughest lawman is on Blu-ray.

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It DESERVES a sequel!!!
What a shame. Such a great action movie and nobody wanted to see it... More

Posted by kielerkai at 11:22 on 15 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: No More Dredd
Very, very disappointed to hear the finality of this, even though the original hope was slim. Dredd remains one of the most memorable films of last year -- and shamefully under-rated by Empire to the tune of a whole star! More

Posted by wedgeski at 10:17 on 05 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: No More Dredd
Such a shame. It deserved a sequel. More

Posted by Workshed at 21:49 on 04 April 2013 | Report This Post

RE: No More Dredd
Adult action movies are a dying breed as there is no market for them unfortunately. Studios just want to churn out crap like Transformers to appeal to the big market which is young teenagers. Really gutted about this, my 3D copy of Dredd just arrived in the posts yesterday as well. More

Posted by Hugh_Fran at 21:13 on 04 April 2013 | Report This Post

Shame About That
This was my fav film of last year. Karl Urban really nailed Dredd. Hopefully the sales of Blu-ray / DVD will make them change their minds, just like Tron Legacy seems to have done. More

Posted by MisterP68 at 11:35 on 01 April 2013 | Report This Post

I hope they change their minds
What a shame as this was my favourite film of last year (Looper was the most disappointing). I really hope they change their minds and Karl Urban gets to carry on his great portrayal... and any reason to see Olivia Thirlby back on the screen can only be a good thing. More

Posted by tazzyh at 22:49 on 28 March 2013 | Report This Post

Bullshit, Mr Han! Bullshit!
God damn it! If any film of last year deserves a sequel it was Dredd. Very disappointing!!! More

Posted by sirvolkar at 20:38 on 28 March 2013 | Report This Post

This is MASSIVELY disappointing
The future for hard R-rated action movies looks extremely bleak indeed. The Expendables wasn't even that violent (not to mention a bit shit) and that got softened for the sequel, and the less said about Die Hard 5 the better. At least the Stath is flying the flag, but we need more aggressive, bonkers, musclebound blood-frenzied and psychotic anti-hero types!!! More

Posted by MusicLovesYou at 14:46 on 28 March 2013 | Report This Post

This is not on.
I was really hoping for sequel as I loved it. It wasn't perfect, but it was 1000 times better than that 1995 version that should never, ever be spoken about. I'd gladly pay to see a sequel and hope the DVD version becomes a cult classic. People that don't know much about Dredd/2000 A.D. are missing out. More

Posted by nybras at 14:01 on 28 March 2013 | Report This Post

Absolute Disgrace
Ok, so the film was not flawless. But as a serious, adult action film attempting to kick-start what would be an interesting (at the very least!) series of films, it was pretty damn good. Absolutely gutted a sequesl is not forthcoming. Not sure who to blame; - studios for limted promotion / advertising - cinemas for lack of showing times / 2D options - short-sighted film fans assuming the usual dross - or the so-called die-hard 'fans' of this iconic, cult character who just didn't get off More

Posted by XTAL at 12:51 on 28 March 2013 | Report This Post

A travesty of justice!
To paraphrase John Doe from Seven, "only in a world this shitty does crud like Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters get a sequel and a brilliant film like Dredd doesn't." Still we can live in hope and the short sounds good. More

Posted by dreddhead at 11:37 on 28 March 2013 | Report This Post

A crying shame
I really enjoyed Dredd and although I didn't help the box office by missing the cinema release I did go buy the bluray on day of release so I could see it in all its 3D glory and there is certainly some very nice use of the 3D in here too. The film certainly deserved to be more widely seen and I hope that somehow Karl Urban get to don the famous helmet at least once more in the future. More

Posted by skthgn at 11:05 on 28 March 2013 | Report This Post

not surprised
It wasn't great. I still don't think they've got the tone and look right. Maybe a sin city route or 300 route might be interesting. More

Posted by stucy at 09:58 on 28 March 2013 | Report This Post

Not Fair
This is a travesty! I spent 2 weeks trying to find a cinema that showed it more than once a day and then had to travel 20miles to see it! Went to go again a week later and it was No Longer Showing!!! They can't give sequels to shit films and then let a gem like Dredd slip by!!! Can we not get a kickstarter on for Dredd2??? More

Posted by Mr_Haze1810 at 09:18 on 28 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: onwards
L: JOE SOAP L: davidjthomson How about an animated version instead? DNA/IMGlobal are not animation studios, neither do they have an animation dept, plus it would have a smaller audience than live-action which is not really encouraging if they were to spend years on a cartoon only for watch people not to bother seeing it. nimated shows targeting an adult audience, that is a though one to sell. More

Posted by Overmind at 05:37 on 28 March 2013 | Report This Post

RE: onwards
L: davidjthomson How about an animated version instead? DNA/IMGlobal are not animation studios, neither do they have an animation dept, plus it would have a smaller audience than live-action which is not really encouraging if they were to spend years on a cartoon only for watch people not to bother seeing it. More

Posted by JOE SOAP at 00:09 on 28 March 2013 | Report This Post

How about an animated version instead? More

Posted by davidjthomson at 23:40 on 27 March 2013 | Report This Post

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