Entertainment Weekly just broke the announcement that Rebellion and 2000AD’s long-running comic book “Judge Dredd” will be adapted into an ambitious new TV show, “Judge Dredd: Mega City One”!
Entertainment studio IM Global and publisher Rebellion have cooperated on a deal for a live-action TV show. “Judge Dredd: Mega City One” will follow the setting and tone from the comic, taking place in a dangerous future where nuclear weapons have ravaged much of the Earth. Much of the livable areas around the globe have amassed into single, massive megalopoli called “mega cities”. The show is named after the massive and dangerous urban sprawl that dominates much of the USA’s East Coast in the comic’s dystopian future.
In this future, law enforcers called Judges are judge, jury and executioner in a city filled with crime and urban decay. The show will follow an ensemble of these Judges who navigate the dangers of Mega City One in the 22nd century.
The titular Judge Dredd is a gruff, tough, mysterious and somewhat fascist protagonist in the harsh and exaggerated setting of the comic. Written partially as social and political satire, the 40-year old “Judge Dredd” comic series has been adapted to other medium over the years with mixed results. Besides comics from other publishers and video games, two feature films have been produced. 1994’s “Judge Dredd” with Sylvester Stallone was a colorful but generic action adventure movie that disappointed Dredd fans and general audiences.
2012’s “Dredd” starring Karl Urban was a reboot that was far darker, more violent, and more relevant to the source material than the previous cinematic attempt. The film was well-reviewed but fell very short of financial hopes for the studio. The movie has since become a cult classic with a dedicated following (of which I am included).
The producers of this new show hope to retain the social commentary, hard-hitting action and strange and imaginative concepts of the source material. Mark Stern of IM Global states:
“This is one of those seminal sci-fi properties that seems to only become and more relevant with age,” said Stern in a statement. “Not only is it a rich world with biting social commentary, but it’s also fun as hell!”
Referencing the cult fan base of the original comic and the underrated 2012 movie, Jason and Chris Kingsley of Dredd publisher Rebellion said this:
“Thanks to the legions of fans who have kept up pressure on social media, and a lot of background work and enthusiasm, we aim to make a big budget production that will satisfy both our vast comics audience and the even greater general screen-watching public.”
Are you too a fan of Judge Dredd? If not, does this announcement pique your interest? Let us know in the comments!
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