Karl Urban Explains What Needs to Happen For Him to Play Dredd on TV

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Following the announcement in May that a Judge Dredd live-action television series is in development, Karl Urban confirmed he'd had "discussions" about reprising his role from the 2012 film Dredd. The actor remains interested, but he says certain story requirements would have to be met before he'd suit up again for Mega-City One.

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During a press junket for Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok, in which he plays Skurge, Urban explained to Screen Rant what those requirements are.

“I’ve had many discussions with them [Rebellion] about my involvement, of which I am interested, and I said to them, ‘Listen, if you write a character that has a function and a purpose and contributes to the overall story, then I might be very interested in reprising that role,'" he said. "I certainly wouldn’t want to step into it and just pay lip service to the movie. There has to be some material there that warrants further exploration of that character. So the ball’s in their court.”

Producer Jason Kingsley explained in June that the inhabitants of Mega-City One lend themselves better to long-form storytelling than to a two-hour film, but cautioned it will be a while before the new sci-fi drama premieres. My best guess is that it’s at least two years away," he said. "But we’re so early in the process that things could happen a bit faster, or much more slowly.”

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