2008 brought some surprising news: Judge Dredd was going to head back to the big screen and try to wipe away the bad memories left by Sly Stallone. By 2009, Alex Garland was working at the script and our Peter Hall wondered if that meant Danny Boyle might get involved. Nope, not quite. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Pete Travis (Vantage Point) will be in the driver's seat, for a production scheduled to kick off in Johannesburg later this year.

It took over two years for DNA Films to get the rights to the character, and now it's going to be whipped up for a near $45 million, as "a high-octane slay ride through the dark underbelly of a vast futuristic city." Seeing that we're already barreling towards the mid-year mark, and production is supposed to begin this year, casting notices should begin to pour in shortly.

The big question: Who should leave this and try to wipe our minds of Stallone's 1995 film? Since there's no distinct face in the long-running comic strip, and it occurs in real time, Hollywood can go in a myriad of ways with the casting. The star can be old or young, and DNA could even dip into Dredd history and choose a lead who isn't white, which would be a nice change of pace.

Any ideas?