There are some projects that fans just won’t let go, and Dredd is one of them. The ultraviolent 2012 film blew away critics and audiences, but failed to gain attention at the box office before winning back audiences through DVD and Blu-Ray sales, along with on demand rentals. And now Judge Dredd himself is positioning an idea which many fans didn’t see coming: a prequel.
While the desire for a sequel has been very present and labored by the fan community, actor Karl Urban is stressing that he and screenwriter Alex Garland might be moving in the opposite direction. At the Chicago Comic Con he mentioned that there’s a strong possibility that we might see an adaption of the Judge Dredd: Origins story making its way to the screen.
Origins is a twenty three volume story which clarifies how the Judges of Mega City One came to be, and would see Dredd leaving the ‘safety’ of Mega City One as he takes on the badlands of the Cursed Earth. While Urban did mention Chief Judge Fargo as a key character there’s also speculation that we might see his evil doppelganger Rico as well (although these are all still just rumors).
What isn’t a rumor is the love and passion of Urban, Garland and the Dredd fans along with movement that they have undertaken to move this project forward. The idea of a Dredd Origins movie is deeply compelling and would provide a great change of pace and scenery from the first film. We’d see Dredd swap the claustrophobic confides of the Mega Blocks for the desolate open wasteland of the Cursed Earth. Given this setting the film would likely have a larger emphasis on gearhead moto carnage, and we’d get to see more of Dredd on his trusty stead: The Lawmaster.
Origins would also be keeping with the realistic tone and brutality that the first film established (Judge Death is just too sci-fi in this setting), and that’s why I’d likely see Rico as a possibility in the series. While Urban never has and never will remove his helmet as Dredd, if Rico were to appear this might give Urban leeway to take on this character (easy to do with modern technology), and I’m seeing him as a scarred, burned man, with his appearance reflecting his inner anger and hate.
Whether we get a prequel or sequel, one thing is certain: everybody wants more Dredd! So make sure you hit up the guys at Make A Dredd Sequel, and stay committed to the law.