I know many people thought Dredd (2012) was a good shot at nailing the popular Judge Dredd character. I mean, Karl Urban played a great Judge Dredd in my opinion and I really would like to see a Dredd 2 movie soon. Recently IGN caught up with Dredd (2012) screenwriter Alex Garland for updates on the Dredd 2 movie project. Garland basically said that he is not apart of the project and is not sure what is going on with Dredd 2. Read below for the full details on what Garland had to say and reveal.
Dredd screenwriter Alex Garland recently told IGN while promoting his new upcoming sci-fi thriller EX MACHINA film some bad news:
As far as I’m concerned? Yeah it is [dead]. My hope is, and I actually think this will happen - somebody else will do it. Not to be all coy and silly about it, but I think our film was better than the first one, right? Just to be blunt. And the job of the next people is to make their film better than ours. And then if they do that, then finally, maybe this character will break out in the way that it deserves to. But we’ll see.
Garland had this to say about the Dredd 2 movie petition:
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. I feel a sense of residual guilt. It’s quite strong actually; it’s not that residual. Dredd was a very, very hard movie to work on, for all sorts of different reasons, and the reward would have been at the end of it that it all worked out. But it didn’t all work out. That’s the reality.
Garland also revealed some insider details on what could have been:
The first film we made it for about $35m, although quite a lot of that was to do with shooting it in 3D. Or a chunk of it. And we managed to make that film for that budget by locking it in a building essentially, sort of Die Hard-style. 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. And maybe throw some money at some key sequences. That’s how you do it I guess. I think we could have made it for another $30m, $35m type thing. We could have made it for $30m if we shot it in 2D. $35m maybe 3D I guess. Of that order. But the third one that would have been more expensive, because it would have been going back to the city and maybe bringing in some Dark Judges or something like that.