For awhile it seemed that the box office did what the Cursed Earth and the Angel Gang couldn’t which is to stop Judge Dredd.
But you can’t keep a good Judge–or Karl Urban–down despite the checkered performance of Dredd in movies.
The character’s first appearance was in 1995’s Judge Dredd, which was such a wasted opportunity to properly introduce the character to American audiences (he first appeared in the British comic 2000 AD).
The first problem was that he was played by Sylvester Stallone, which is less a commentary on Stallone as an actor (though he was never a particularly a good fit for Dredd, physically speaking) more than there was little chance he would go through the entire movie without taking off his helmet (Dredd NEVER showed his entire face and if by chance he removed his helmet–which was rare, but did happen–his face was always obscured somehow).
Despite its issues, Judge Dredd wasn’t a terrible movie and was somewhat faithful to the source material.
2012’s Dredd in contrast was far more faithful to the character and Karl Urban’s look almost perfectly embodied the character (though if I were picking nits I’d say that Urban, like Stallone, was a bit short because Dredd in the comics was always a bit tall and lanky) and the MegaCity One embodied by the movie was not quite as distant from the current day, visually speaking, as the 1995 movie.
Though, despite having a significantly smaller budget, Dredd underperformed as well though unlike Stallone’s portrayal it was army received by fans of the character and built a cult following when it left theaters.
So, as I said earlier, you can’t keep a good Judge down, and Dredd is the absolute best, which is why I’m not surprised that Karl Urban appears to be having active discussions on bringing Judge Dredd to the small screen (likely on either Netflix of Amazon), the episodic nature of which is a perfect vehicle for the further adventures of the best lawman in MegaCity One.
As I mention in my latest video (below the text), the most recent trailer for Star Trek: Beyond
(I don’t care that there’s no colon, I’m putting one in anyway) looks pretty interesting.
There’s a lot going on–maybe even a bit too much because from a narrative standpoint I have no idea why things are happening beyond the obvious. In some instances that’s not a bad thing.
In this case? No so much.
Though at least Orci and Kurtzman aren’t writing because the moment when ‘Bones’ McCoy (Karl Urban) decided to give a Tribble a transfusion of Khan’s blood–never mind the whole Khan reveal in the first place–I accepted that with Star Trek: Into Darkness the franchise had official jumped the shark (though their penchant for ‘magic blood’ as a plot device was the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse as far as movie Armageddon goes).
Take this with a HUGE grain of salt, but according to Superherohype Karl Urban is talking to venues like Netflix to continue the story of Judge Dredd in the television space.
I have no idea if this is true, but it’s a great idea because Dredd, while underwhelming in theaters in 2012–financially speaking, because it was an awesome movie that most importantly was true to the character–could be poised for a comeback on a space like Netflix, which would work really well toward expanding the world and the mythology of the Cursed Earth.
Luckily, the movie wasn’t terribly effects-heavy, so cost may not necessarily be an issue, and $50 million (or thereabouts) doesn’t sound like too much stretched over a season or two.
I also wonder, if Dredd were to to become a Netflix series, would they have an international partner, since the original movie was shot in South Africa. which has a look that was crucial to the movie.
Then again, being on Netflix is doing wonders for Daredevil, so who knows.
“A Very Entertaining, Though (Seemingly) Unoriginal, Voyage Of The Starship Enterprise”
Let me say for the record I am not a Trekkie. While more people are probably into the work of Gene Roddenberry I preferred Gerry Anderson and shows like “Space: 1999,” “UFO.” and “Space Precinct.” That ’s not to say that I didn’t respect the multi-cultural future Roddenberry portrayed, though it struck me as a bit Stepford-like.
Everyone dressed essentially the same, even non-Federation people, though this may have been due more to budget limitations than anything else. The inhabitants of Rodenberry’s universe even seemed to think the same and if “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and ’Deep Space Nine’ were any indicator, spent way too much time on holodecks imagining some swashbuckling event from the past, as if the future were so bankrupt it stopped generating stories and ideas of its own.
The image to the right is the one of the last from the trailer for Pete Travis‘ “Dredd,” and it looks like Karl Urban has nailed the look, though in the comics he generally appears thinner, almost gaunt, though other than that, he looks good.
What Danny Cannon’s 1995 version did right–for the most part–was the vision of Mega City One, which was very grand and sprawling.
In the trailer part of it looks like a modern slum by way of South Africa, which doesn’t quite work from what I recall of the comic series.
He even says, “I am the Law,” though I didn’t cringe when I heard it, which is a very good sign.
And in other matters, “The Amazing Spider-Man” is tracking toward $125 million over it’s first six days? Admittedly it’s an event film, but at the same time, it doesn’t appear to be doing anything significantly different from Sam Raimi’s first trilogy (other than the introduction of the Lizard.)
So, while I expect there to be little in the way of blockbuster competition, that figures seems a bit grandiose.
For anyone who still has a bad taste in their mouth from the 1995 version of “Judge Dredd,” starring Sylvester “I AM THE LAW!!!” Stallone, here’s a picture of Karl Urban as the famous (and perhaps infamous) embodiment of the law in Mega City One.