Dredd Lays Down The Law In 2012

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Dredd Lays Down The Law In 2012

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Lionsgate's released some new information about its Judge Dredd reboot, including a 2012 release date.

It's been a good sixteen years since Sylvester Stallone's Judge Dredd mangled the beloved British comic character on the big screen. That said, there's been a lot of positive buzz around Lionsgate's Dredd reboot, which is getting a lot of attention at this week's Comic-Con. From the sound of things, this is going to be a much more faithful portrayal of the comic character and it looks like fans are going to have to wait at least another year or so before the reboot hits theaters.

John Wagner, the writer who created the character back in 1977, is serving as a creative consultant for the movie, which is apparently going to be "darker and grittier" than the original film. Here's the official synopsis from Lionsgate:

Dredd takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot - if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Peter Travis bring Dredd to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's revered comic strip.

Lionsgate has also revealed that the movie will storm theaters, both in 2D and 3D (groan), on September 21st, 2012. Between the above screenshot, the fact that Karl Urban is playing the lead role (that man is watchable in anything, even Priest), and the impressive résumé of screenwriter Alex Garland (he wrote 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go), it looks like Dredd's second visit to movie theaters might be the one that wins over audiences.

Source: Screen Rant

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I really hope this is good. They are playing with my childhood.

I trust Alex Graland to deliver. Karl Urban is awsome. The costume really reminds me of Dredd as he was in the early comics. I say bring it! Can't wait.:)

I thought it would have been funny, in an ironic kind of way, if it was Nathan Fillion as Dredd.

I never read any of the Dredd comics, but I might have to, they sound pretty awesome. This film actually sounds good, where as the other film was a 'so-bad-it's-good'.

Not familiar with the Judge Dredd series.
All I know is that the Stallone movie left me with a bad first impression.
I want to know I'm wrong.

Yeah YEAH YEAH!!!!!

Fucking Karl Urban!

Fucking Cersei Lannister/Sarah Conner!!!!!

And Alex Garland who's written some great movies. Apparently he's also writing the Halo script.

I am so excited write now.

The 16 year old film was awesome for 20 minutes. Right up until Dredd removed his helmet.

First thing I thought of when i read this?

I hope they do this right. Wonder if they can resist the temptation to remove his helmet.

Alex Garland wrote The Beach, one of my favourite books of all time. I trust him.

I AM THE LAW!!!

Fuck yes! I love the Judge.

Karl Urban you say? This is an instant success, just look at Doom, he owned that film. I can't wait to see how this pans out, hopefully they do the comics justice this time.

YESSSSSSSS, I AM THE LAW!!!!

Can we really call this a "reboot"? When I think reboot I think "ignoring the established cast and continuity of an existing film franchise in order to get out from under the weight of said cast and continuity", not "hoo boy, that one film sucked".

Urgh. What did they do to his uniform? D=

dj Facchiano:
YESSSSSSSS, I AM THE LAW!!!!

...I knew you'd say that.

Oh man now i want to watch the old Dredd with Sylvester :D

I want to see this movie. Don't care about the comic. I liked the stallone movie. I'll probably like this too.

WaReloaded:
just look at Doom

Nooooooooo!

That... film... does not exist. it is an unfilm.

Anyway, this feels odd to me. IMDB originally showed a release date of December this year. Still does in fact.

Call me cynical but this does not inspire confidence. I'm thinking reshoots...

Anyway, I liked the Stallone movie. No really, I did.

*reading through it*
"Oh ok, another old movie from my childhood that everyone seems to think is shit, that is getting a reboot so it is better in every way... yeah yeah... a-huh... Karl Urban sure... wait... KARL URBAN. FUCK YES"

Color me excited.
I love that guy in every movie I've ever seen him in.

Sixcess:

WaReloaded:
just look at Doom

Nooooooooo!

That... film... does not exist. it is an unfilm.

Anyway, this feels odd to me. IMDB originally showed a release date of December this year. Still does in fact.

Call me cynical but this does not inspire confidence. I'm thinking reshoots...

Anyway, I liked the Stallone movie. No really, I did.

I really enjoyed Doom, purely as a Sci-Fi/Action-Horror film. The FPS sequence was incredible and Karl Urban was fantastic as Reaper.

Am I the only one who thought Stallone was actually a perfect Dredd? He has the Dredd look, which very few people do. OK, yes, he's a bit of a crap actor and a bit hard to understand (Not his fault, I think he actually has a reason for it), but visually he had the presence and feel of Dredd done perfectly.

Rob Scheinder has to be in this one as well.

No news about who will be playing Walter the Wobot yet?

Anderson will be in the film, but the Angels will not. I don't know how I feel about that. Still, Anderson. If it is successful we might get Judge Death, I don't know how they could do that.

Anyway I have read an interview with Urban where he promises to not take off the helmet.

The picture doesn't make it look like the greatest thing in the world. Only ever heard of Judge Dread so if I do see the movie at least I won't have high expectations.

2000AD spawned some of the best comic book characters ever. You can keep your Spidermans and your Fantastic Fours, Give me Robo Hunter, Sinister Dexter, Rogue Trooper or Slaine any day.

Ooh or ABC warriors

Edit someone get that fist of dread sequence up in this thread stat!

I wonder if lionsgate is going to remake this scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aaubVlhNK4&feature=related

The original movie with Stallone was a real good guilty pleasure. I'm not sure if I want a real serious movie now...

Random Argument Man:
The original movie with Stallone was a real good guilty pleasure. I'm not sure if I want a real serious movie now...

No reason you cannot keep watching it, it was also a good film as it effectively buried Rob Schneider for a few years

The league of fatties better be the villain for this one!

Twilight.falls:
Not familiar with the Judge Dredd series.
All I know is that the Stallone movie left me with a bad first impression.
I want to know I'm wrong.

Whatever you do don't base your opinion of Dredd on that abomination of a movie.That would be like basing your opinion of Batman on the Batman and Robin movie.If you really want to see what Judge Dredd is like then I recommend checking out some of the classic stories like The Apocalypse War,Judgement Day,Necropolis,The Day the Law Died(also known as the Judge Caligula series),Judge Death and Judge Death Lives

TimeLord:
The 16 year old film was awesome for 20 minutes. Right up until Dredd removed his helmet.

Indeed, I was quite happy till it turned into the sylvester stallone show.
Ray Park didnt feel the need to take off his mask as Snake Eyes in GI Joe atleast.

Quiet Stranger:
Rob Scheinder has to be in this one as well.

I do so hope you are joking, I am going to proceed with the assumption that you are, lest I feel like you need to be in a care facility.

Please, PLEASE dont screw this up. Judge Dredd is my favorite comic book-character! I would love to see this being up there with the Dark Night and all. Also: Judge Death. Please.

EDIT: ALSO: Walter. PLEASE! I want to see walter!

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