Dredd Writer: Sequel Not Happening

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Dredd Writer: Sequel Not Happening

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Dredd screenplay writer Alex Garland doesn't think there's much chance of a sequel ever seeing the light of day.

If you're a fan of action movies and you missed 2012's Dredd, your first course of action should be to go and watch it. Leagues better than the goofy 1995 Sylvester Stallone adaption, it took the bloody world of its comic book source material and used it to create one of the most finely crafted action flicks in recent memory. Sadly, Dredd was also a box office flop, all but killing its chances for a sequel. Despite this, its fans campaigned for the franchise to continue, efforts that screenplay writer Alex Garland has recently branded as futile.

Speaking about the possibility of a Dredd 2, Garland agreed with journalists when asked if the franchise was finished. "As far as I'm concerned? Yeah it is," he said. "It makes me feel sad really. I feel grateful to the people who've attempted to get a sequel off the ground. And sorry that actually what happened was we let them down. Because the reality is that a film needs to acquit itself. It shouldn't need a petition. And the truth is if it gets to the point where it needs a petition, it's in big trouble anyway. That's the cold hard reality of it."

While Garland's sentiments are disappointing, they're almost made worse when paired with details he revealed about where the franchise would have gone in its sequels. "In the second film it was going to go out into the desert, which would be The Cursed Earth - people who know the comic book would know immediately what that means," he said. The third film "would have been going back to the city and maybe bringing in some Dark Judges or something like that." Garland also expressed confidence that a sequel, like the original film, could have been filmed on a relatively small budget. "We could have made it for [$30 million] if we shot it in 2D," he said. "[$35 million] maybe [in] 3D I guess."

Even with the cost of filming that low however, we're not really surprised that movie studios would be reluctant to invest in a follow-up. Even setting aside Dredd's fiscal failure, R-rated action films just aren't the theatrical mainstay that they used to be even a few decades ago. Fans of the genre might crave more movies like Dredd, but it honestly makes more sense for studios to invest in something less hardcore that can rake in that sweet sweet PG-13 cash.

Source: IGN

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My local theatre didn't even show it. Then again, they don't put anything in unless it's a big budget title or a bollywood movie.

Never saw it, and now I'm kind of sad I didn't. Seems interesting. Hopefully Netflix or another streaming company will swoop in and save this series?

That's a real pity. I discovered Dredd about a year ago - talk about a movie that knew its strengths.

Ah well. At least the movie itself exists, and works very well as a stand-alone plotline.

So what we could have had is a movie that's basically Judge Dredd meets Mad Max, with a cloned T-Rex and a crazy ex-president as the main antagonists?

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Boy that sucks ass, I would've adored to see that movie. The first Dredd was fantastic, shame it flopped financially.

Jak2364:
Never saw it, and now I'm kind of sad I didn't. Seems interesting. Hopefully Netflix or another streaming company will swoop in and save this series?

It was brilliant. I never knew it existed, it didnt come to our cinemas, but I read about it online and got a hold of it. Its great, completely awesome.

Sad news. Dredd was a superb film, and given how effective the psi sequences were (something I really didn't expect the movie to tackle) I'd have loved to have seen the Dark Judges realised with such style.

On the plus side it's a film that can stand alone as an underapreciated triumph, undiluted by the risk of potentially inferior sequels.

Ahhh, fuck. Fucking fuck. That film is awesome, a sequel would have been sweet. At least there's one film that does the character justice and we don't have to live with just the 1995 version. Could be worse I guess, we could be getting a PG-13 sequel. Ew.

Jak2364:
Never saw it, and now I'm kind of sad I didn't. Seems interesting. Hopefully Netflix or another streaming company will swoop in and save this series?

I caught it on Netflix instant. Then I found myself watching it four, five, six times and more. So I did the sensible thing and just bought the Blu-ray for $9. It contains no extras, and I never buy anything on disc that doesn't contain extras like commentary and such, but it was so worth it.

For some unfathomable reason, this movie didn't even get a lot of attention on the internet. Hell, even Moviebob didn't mention it, as far as I can recall, and it seems like it would be right up his alley. I only saw it a few months ago, and it may be my favorite action movie of the last 5 years.

It almost felt like something out of the 80's, but not in a "look how retro we are" kind of way, but rather in its unflinching but not overdone violence, its serious tone, and the well choreographed, non shaky-cam action scenes. Just all-round fantastic, really.

Dredd was good, I think I saw it on Netflix a few months back. I didn't know it was ever in theatres, I'd never seen it advertised. Would've been great on a big screen, though.

We could've had a film in the Cursed Earth?

GOD DAMNIT THAT WOULDVE BEEN AMAZING

There truly is no justice in this world.

Was the advertising for Dredd really that poor? Were people just not interested?

Why?

2015 is ruined now. Thanks Obama.

I would suggest they go the crowd funding way, like Iron Sky. It will mean a very large target, compared to Iron Sky, but I'm sure it could be done... I mean it "just" requires 300.000 fans giving $100 each.

Fat_Hippo:
For some unfathomable reason, this movie didn't even get a lot of attention on the internet. Hell, even Moviebob didn't mention it, as far as I can recall, and it seems like it would be right up his alley. I only saw it a few months ago, and it may be my favorite action movie of the last 5 years.

It almost felt like something out of the 80's, but not in a "look how retro we are" kind of way, but rather in its unflinching but not overdone violence, its serious tone, and the well choreographed, non shaky-cam action scenes. Just all-round fantastic, really.

as far as I can tell, he was aware of it, but it was never screened somewhere he could see it. most he said was 'things I'm hearing about it are good'.

Caught it on DVD here, good film. Only complaint is the the humour of the comics didn't come across as well, apart from a handful of pitch-black moments, but as it was setting the character and setting, totally ok withthe humour being dialled back initially

Crying shame. Dredd was everything the original wasn't and, in an era so obsessed with remaking films and breaking what wasn't broken, it was the rare reboot that FIXED the mistakes of the past attempt.

But, sadly, the marketing was bad, even if word of mouth was great. By the time people realized the film was amazing, it was too little too late.

A sequel would make more money, guaranteed.

Aw, poo. I haven't seen the film since it was in cinemas, but I remember liking it, and would definitely have supported the sequel. If not so much for the movie itself, then at least for its unapologeticness. I mean when was the last time you saw a shot of a character falling 30 stories ONTO THE CAMERA, and then the whole screen just filling with blood? It was exactly the kind of hardcore action along with the Raid movies or the original Taken that can serve as an antidote to PG-13 fare like the Taken sequels or Marvel films. Oh well, I guess we'll have a new reboot in 2027 then :/

croc3629:
There truly is no justice in this world.

Was the advertising for Dredd really that poor? Were people just not interested?

Why?

As mentioned in the article: The "R" rating. It has such a bad stigma, that people shy away from it. As you can tell from the comments though, it was a really good movie.

Fat_Hippo:
For some unfathomable reason, this movie didn't even get a lot of attention on the internet. Hell, even Moviebob didn't mention it, as far as I can recall, and it seems like it would be right up his alley. I only saw it a few months ago, and it may be my favorite action movie of the last 5 years.

It almost felt like something out of the 80's, but not in a "look how retro we are" kind of way, but rather in its unflinching but not overdone violence, its serious tone, and the well choreographed, non shaky-cam action scenes. Just all-round fantastic, really.

If you watch the video for that week (Resident Evil Retribution) he couldn't make the only critic review because he was on an airplane coming back from The Escapist Expo and the people he trusts said it was "pretty good". Which is unusual for he rarely talks about a movie he doesn't review.

I think the problem is the studio had zero faith in the movie, for they didn't really do much promotion for the movie aside from taking it to film festivals (at least from what I remember) which could be because it was rated R, but who knows.

Great movie. Pity it won't get a sequel. Ironically, I think it might be too solid to truly become much of a cult classic, either. I wonder what sank it? Poor marketing? I have to admit, I'd've never considered seeing it except word of mouth keyboard.

I guess that means I can buy the DVD without worry of getting a sequel box version in the future.

Granted I like it if they did make a sequel thought (alot of potiental plot given to how little I know of Dredd).

Scarim Coral:
I guess that means I can buy the DVD without worry of getting a sequel box version in the future.

Granted I like it if they did make a sequel thought (alot of potiental plot given to how little I know of Dredd).

You realize the irony of what you've done right? By not buying a copy hoping for a sequel, you (and others who did the same) have contributed to another sequel not happening.

This is very sad.

Dredd was a fantastic movie.

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It could have been beautiful, it could have been great, but twas not to be.

While I haven't seen it, this seems like the thing all of the movie's fans were Dredding to hear

so am i getting this right.

Make a good movie + crappy marketing = shitty movie and a fail.
Make a shitty movie + market the shit out of it = great movie worth milking the shit out of. ok then.

It's a shame, but I think Dredd would be a great candidate for a Netflix Original TV series - I could easily imagine it taking off. Better than that dreadful Marco Polo, anyway. There hasn't been a decent SF cop show for quite a while (although that time travel one was OK)

Well, saw that coming. It's a shame that is an awesome hardcore action movie. I put it right next to Robo Cop.

"Because the reality is that a film needs to acquit itself. It shouldn't need a petition. And the truth is if it gets to the point where it needs a petition, it's in big trouble anyway. That's the cold hard reality of it."

So if millions of people want a sequel which could be enough to make your money back they decide no just because.
The worst is this "And the truth is if it gets to the point where it needs a petition, it's in big trouble anyway." No it means IT HAS AN AUDIENCE.
The saddest thing is that if they make a sequel it could be the a terrible movie but they would still make tons of money because right now the movie has millions of fans who discovered it in DVD, so make IT.

Dredd was damn good, I literally just watched it the other day and my mind has been swimming with possibilities for the sequel. This is oddly timed and awful news.

So tired of shitty PG13 action romps, Dredd didn't pull a single punch and held true to the character it portrayed.

This is why I dislike the general public, shit like transformers keeps getting sequels and anything with actual effort put in is wasted.

Maybe if they hadn't have released it only in 3D? Just saying. Or if it was in 2D don't restrict the fuck out of it.

So we all get punished... Because the movie producers and the like didn't think that highly of the movie... and they didn't market it.

Essentially, we're getting blamed for not being omniscient and just knowing the movie existed?

"It makes me feel sad really. I feel grateful to the people who've attempted to get a sequel off the ground. And sorry that actually what happened was we let them down. Because the reality is that a film needs to acquit itself. It shouldn't need a petition. And the truth is if it gets to the point where it needs a petition, it's in big trouble anyway. That's the cold hard reality of it."

That's bullshit. It got a petition because no one knew about it and then saw how wonderful it was on Netflix. I know I did. It got supporters and outcry because the Production side failed, not us.

karloss01:
This is why I dislike the general public, shit like transformers keeps getting sequels and anything with actual effort put in is wasted.

That isn't entitely fair. People at least know of Transformers. People are sheep, yes, but the fact they they will flock to whatever they see just shows the fact that Dredd wasn't even talked about. If people knew, people would have watched.

I loved that the film and am terribly saddened by the unlikelihood of a sequel. :( I also never heard a word about it until it had already finished its theatre run, and had to wait for a DVD release before I got to see it. Since then I have rewatched it a dozen times at least. It got the character and world so right.

Manthraxx:
I would suggest they go the crowd funding way, like Iron Sky. It will mean a very large target, compared to Iron Sky, but I'm sure it could be done... I mean it "just" requires 300.000 fans giving $100 each.

That would also need the copyright holders to agree and I'm not sure that would be likely. But sure, I'd put in a hundred for a Dredd sequel, no problem. So that's two of us, just 299,998 to go.

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