Judge Dredd TV Series Being Developed
A TV series based on the Judge Dredd character is on it's way!
Judge Dredd Is Getting A New TV Series!
It was announced in early May that a show based on the Judge Dredd comic books was in the works. Now, Executive Producer and Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley told SFX Magazine that the soon-to-be produced episodic series will be something unlike either of the film adaptations and focus more on storytelling, and specifically the darker side of the fantasy spectrum saying, "Dark fantasy elements are one area that would be great to explore. The show will combine the macabre with the insane and the light-hearted. It’s a big place, after all, with 400 million stories to tell … Long-form storytelling makes showing Mega-City One and its inhabitants much easier. Trying to fit all of that into a two-hour movie is very hard." Kingsely was quick to add in that fans should not expect this version any time soon by said, "My best guess is that it is at least two years away."
To date there is no casting news although the possibility of recasting Karl Urban in the lead role is very real. No locations or shooting schedule has been announced either, but odds are that the UK will be the primary filming locale because of its ties to game developer, Rebellion. In 1995, Sylvester Stallone starred alongside Diane Lane and Rob Schneider in an adaptation of the comics that leaned into the goofy, campy elements of the character, and considering how few members of the movie-going audience were familiar with the character, the film ultimately ended up a flop. However, it was rebooted in 2012 with Dredd 3D, which starred Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Heady. That film gave audiences a much more authentic look at the character, leaning heavily into the violent sci-fi elements made popular in the original comics. Sadly, despite how much fans connected with the new film, it still didn't earn enough at the box office to gain a sequel, even with fans regularly campaigning to get the creative team to revive the character.
The show's synopsis is:
Judge Dredd: Mega City One is set in a future where the entire East Coast of the United States has become one crowded metropolis. The show will feature an ensemble of Judges - future cops who are endowed with the power of a traditional judge, jury, and executioner - as they attempt to curb crime in the 22nd century.