The 2012 sci-fi action film “Dredd” failed to make an impact on the box office, but struck a chord with fans. The film was based on the 2000 AD comic strip “Judge Dredd” and was the second live action film about the character after the commercially and critically panned 1995 film “Judge Dredd” starring Sylvester Stallone.
While “Dredd” underperformed at the box office, the film created a passionate fan-base, which has since created numerous petitions for a sequel. Looks like things are finally moving on that front.
Talking during his panel Saturday afternoon at Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, actor Karl Urban (who played Dredd) revealed that “conversations are happening” about a “Dredd” series at either Netflix or Amazon — a sign perhaps that all that fan support has finally begun to pay off — reported IGN.
Last week, “Dredd” star Urban tweeted out his support for a sequel produced by either Netflix or Amazon:
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) April 21, 2016
Speaking with IGN last year, screenwriter Alex Garland said whoever takes on the property next needs to “make their film better than ours. And then if they do that, then finally, maybe this character will break out in the way that it deserves to.”
Netflix seems to be doing a great job on bringing lesser-known comic book properties to the small screen in a big way. With shows like “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” working well for the platform, “Dredd” — with its loyal fan following — could be a great fit for Netflix and maybe the right way forward for the franchise.
Directed by Pete Travis and written and produced by Alex Garland, “Dredd” was released in September 2012.