The odds of Judge Dredd returning to the big screen are pretty slim, but the popular character will indeed be back, just in a different medium.
Judge Dredd is getting another shot in live action. This time in a TV show. Image: Buena Vista
Entertainment Weekly reports that the character will be the star of a new live-action, ensemble drama called Judge Dredd: Mega City One. The show is in “early development” and “talent will be announced at a later date”. What we do know is that that IM Global and games studio Rebellion are teaming up for it, and the people at those companies helped develop Battlestar Galactica, Helix and the 2012 Karl Urban-starring Dredd film.
Much like the comics where Dredd made his debut, the show is set in a futuristic megalopolis that’s overridden with crime. Dredd will be one of several “Judges” at the centre of the show — police officers who act as judge, jury and executioner, who are tasked with controlling crime in the city.
So basically it’s a futuristic cop show starring Judge Dredd.
“We’re very excited to be beginning the journey to get more of Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One on the television screen,” producers Jason and Chris Kingsley said in a press release. “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.”
With a show this early in development, it doesn’t have a network or streaming service attached yet. But with so many out there these days, it would be pretty incredible if this didn’t get picked up.
Here’s an early teaser poster for the show.