Early Plans On A Judge Dredd Trilogy From Scriptwriter Alex Garland


Judge Dredd isn’t out yet, but there is already talk about a trilogy. This isn’t the usual case of putting the cart before the horse, it’s all hypothetical and depends on how the movie does in the states according to the writer. Usually these types of talks come off as arrogant to some, but this is one of the few cases where it doesn’t.

At a Dredd panel at the London Film and Comic Con, an amazing new scene was shown that was “vicious” and showed off an ability of Dredd’s lawmaker gun, but that wasn’t the big story. Alex Garland, the screenwriter of the reboot, addressed the inevitable sequel questions. Here’s the quote by way of Bleeding Cool:

We’ll see a sequel if the gross is above $50 million in the US. It’s a simple financial equation. We’re an independent movie… In terms of Dark Judges, I wrote Death into this script, but it didn’t feel right for the first film. I thought it felt right but after about 16 drafts and it really didn’t work out.

I needed to have set up the city and Dredd first before taking on what is essentially a riff on the Judges. You need to know what the Judges are before you can subvert them.

I wrote a second script which was about Dredd going out to the Cursed Earth. That was rejected for similar reasons.

If they want to make sequels, I’ve got a story that goes from this one into the origins of Dredd and the city. Then the third one has would have a strange, existential attack from the Dark Judges.

If you’re a fan of Dredd and 2000 AD this is pretty great stuff. Many versions of this film’s script had the Dark Judges, or at least Judge Death. If you want to read up about the Dark Judges, wikipedia has a nice overview if you click here.

So if the film hits around $50 million you can expect at least one more outing for the Judge. That doesn’t sound too high of a mark, but keep it mind it is a hard R rated movie. The Dark Judges have a lot of potential if done correctly. We’ll see how the script changes work and if it’s worthy of a sequel September 21st.


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Source : Bleeding Cool