They're making a new Judge Dredd movie. It will be 3D. Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, is behind the script. Pete Travis, director of Vantage Point, will sit behind the camera. There was a previous 1995 adaptation, a box office disaster starring Sylvester Stallone.

Those are the facts, but this is a situation where my pop culture knowledge hits a brick wall and I'm not sure what else to add. In desperate time such as these, I turn to an old buddy of mine, someone who is rarely reliable but always there when I need him. What does mighty Wikipedia have to say about one Judge Dredd?

"Judge Joe Dredd is a comics character whose strip in the British science fiction anthology 200 AD is the magazine's longest running (having been featured there since its second issue in 1977). Dredd is a law enforcement officer in a violent city of the future where uniformed Judges combine the powers of police, judge, jury and executioner. Dredd and his fellow Judges are empowered to arrest, sentence and even execute criminals on the spot."

Although this sounds like a typical 1980s "edgy" comic book (AKA, extreme violence and fascism combined into 22 pages of delight), the series has a devoted fanbase and has garnered a certain amount of acclaim over the years. For that reason, I'll keep my snark hole shut and wait for someone to write me and give me a good reason to seek this series out and give it a good read. Seriously. I'm waiting.

What I find more interesting about this movie is that it's not being set up at a studio, but was rather sold to international investors at some pre-Cannes sales pitch. With a budget under $50 million and no major studio calling the shots, will we get a slice of geek nirvana like the similarly produced Kick-Ass? Beats me. Garland is a good writer and Travis is a competent if not spectacular director. I've decided to flip my internal response meter to "positive." For now.

(Via Deadline)
CATEGORIES Movies, Sci-Fi