Dredd (also known as Dredd 3D) might have been the best comic-based film of last year that no one saw in theaters. Based on the long-running UK 2000 AD character Judge Dredd, the film made just $13 million in the United States and $35.6 million worldwide off of a reported $50 million budget. However, while it was considered a bomb a the box office, the film has become a huge cult hit on DVD, Blu-ray and digital mediums.
“Interestingly enough, I did have breakfast with Alex Garland this morning,” Urban said. “It’s not off the agenda. Clearly everyone has woken up to the fact that an audience has found this movie and loves it. It’s entirely possible, and if people want to see another installment then they should be vocal about that, because, it can happen. The power of fandom can resurrect projects. In fact, that’s what happened with Star Trek. They weren’t going to do a third season until fans did a letter writing campaign and they continued that series.”
Dredd, which was written by Alex Garland (28 Days Later…, Halo) and directed by Peter Travis (Vantage Point), features a futuristic version of the United States where most of the east coast has become one giant city called Mega-City One. A group called the Judges polices this city, acting as judge, jury and executioner on the spot. The movie follows Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) and his trainee Anderson (Olivia Thirlby) as they investigate a skyscraper of a slum and the Slo-Mo drugs being dealt out of there, they run into gang leader Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) who sends the entire building after them. A fantastic volley of violence follows. It’s kind of like The Raid, but with helmets, voice-controlled weapons, telepathy and drugs that slow down time.