Karl Urban Announces Dredd 2 Is In Development! 5 Storylines That Could Be Used For The Sequel!

It’s finally happening! After numerous petitions, attempted fundraising efforts and general begging (and that’s just from me!) it appears as if the collective hopes and dreams of fans have been answered, and a sequel to 2012’s Dredd is finally coming!

Now calm down, I know everyone who is a fan of the film will have been tricked by an article similar to this announcing the sequel at least once (or eight times… yeah I kept count) but this is the real deal. At Denver comic con over the weekend, Karl Urban, the man who brought Judge Dredd to life in the film, answered a question about whether he would return to a sequel for the money even if it had a bad script by first joking about his need for a new house, and then confirming that:

“Yes. Dredd 2 is in development.”

And that is the real deal folks. For people who have stumbled across this article without a notion about who Judge Dredd is, here’s a quick reminder of who he is and what the first film was about!

A History Of Judge Dredd

Judge Dredd isn’t a part of Marvel or DC comics (usually), which can make it pretty hard to get the recognition you deserve in comics. However, he has been around long enough to build up a huge history, having debuted in 2000AD Prog #2 in 1977. Dredd lives in an apocalyptic version of America in the 22nd century, where humanity has gathered into “mega cities” to escape the irradiated wasteland that most of the earth is. Instead of policemen, the rampant crime rates demand the Judges, an order of powerful lawmen who act as judge, jury and executioner to the criminal elements of Mega City 1. Dredd is the most ruthless, loyal and terrifying of the Judges, and as such is challenged by those who seek to destroy the Mega-City.

Karl Urban’s version of the character in Dredd can only be described as THE Judge Dredd. It was incredibly loyal to the comics, including classic Dredd attributes like never removing his helmet, which is a pretty big sacrifice for an actor like Karl Urban to make. However, the film didn’t take a major Dredd storyline from the comics to use in the film, instead it took elements of a story where Dredd fought against a new drug in the streets and made it’s own story around that, which turned into an incredibly violent and stunning film. However, now that the world is established, it may be time for the Judge to take on one of his bigger cases in the sequel. Here are five incredible Dredd stories that could be brought to the screen for the sequel!

1. The Cursed Earth!

If you want an action fuelled story that showcases the crazy world Judge Dredd lives in, this is just the story for you! The Cursed Earth is the name for the place outside of the Mega-Cities, where mutants and horrible creatures live in an irradiated wasteland. In this story, a horrible disease struck Mega-City 2, the only other safe haven in America, and Judge Dredd is tasked with leading a convoy containing the cure Mega-City 1 has developed to save their sister city. He must deal with all manner of insane things as the convoy is cut away at throughout, and ends up dragging a last piece of the cure through the gates of Mega-City 2 on foot. I’d imagine a film version of this ending up a little like Mad Max: Fury Road, and we all saw how well that worked!

2. The Reign of Judge Cal!

However this shows how crazy things can get in Mega-City 1 itself. This story actually takes place directly after The Cursed Earth story in the comics, when Dredd returned to Mega-City 1 and found that in his absence a Judge named Cal had taken over and become a dictator, ruling over the city with an iron grip, and as you can see above, he did in fact make a goldfish his second in command! A lot of people go crazy in the strange world of the 22nd century, so this would really show that well!

3. The Robot Uprising!

The earliest of Dredd’s epic stories, this involved the robots who are used all around Mega-City 1 going full I, Robot all over the place, under the leadership of a robot named Call-Me-Kenneth. It was a quirky story and really showcased the weirder parts of Dredd’s world, but also included some brilliant action as Dredd led the humans against the robot revolution.

4. Judge Death!

Of all the strange and wonderful villains who have faced Dredd in the last forty years, Judge Death is the most well known, and the most dangerous! From a much darker dimension, where life itself has become a crime, the ghoulish Judge Death goes after any who live. When brought into Dredd’s world accidentally, he quickly gets to work making it into the image of his own world, and Dredd faces off against him, and sometimes his fellow Judges Famine, War and Fear, and makes for some incredible action. If you want the greatest Dredd villain, look no further!

5. The Apocalypse War!

However, if you’re looking for the greatest Dredd story, look no further! The Apocalypse War, and Block Mania, which was the prologue, in total lasted 35 issues, and was amazing! After the water supplies of Mega-City 1 are poisoned, all-out war develops between the many “Blocks” of the city. Blocks are giant flat buildings, each containing roughly 75,000 citizens. And just as the city began to regain control of itself, the forces of East-Meg 1 (the Russian city equivalent of Mega-City 1) snatched at the weak state the city was in and invaded, taking almost total control of Mega-City 1. Judge Dredd had to escape and lead a resistance against the Russians, eventually travelling to East-Meg 1 to destroy it! This story had so much destruction that it could be a Roland Emmerich film, and it’s an incredible tale that everybody needs to see on the big screen!

So what do you think? Do you want to see Dredd 2 contain these stories, or do you have your own idea? If so, write about it right here on creators.co!

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