In some news that will be sure to brighten your weekend, Karl Urban is in talks to reprise the role of Judge Joseph Dredd for the upcoming Judge Dredd: Mega-City One TV series.
Speaking at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention, as per TrekMovie, Urban enthused, “I am in discussions with them about that. I told them that if they write the material and give Dredd something to do and given him a function, I will be there. I would love to.”
Added to this, series producer Jason Kingsley released a statement to IGN: “We have been in discussions with Karl about his possible involvement in Judge Dredd: Mega-City One for some time. These conversations continue but we’re keen, he’s keen – it’s just a case of us making sure this show is everything we want it to be. This needs to be done right – the fans deserve it. Our team is working hard on scripts for the first season, creating engaging multi-thread storylines, one of which will be Dredd’s but others which take us into the wider world of Mega-City One.”
Urban, of course, played the iconic Judge in 2012’s Dredd, and fans and even Urban himself have all been clamouring for a sequel to that mesmerising movie for the past five years. Obviously, we’re not getting a sequel any time soon still, but Judge Dredd: Mega-City One could prove an even better option given how the realm of television allows for far more delicate and multi-layered storytelling when done right. Earlier this year, there were rumblings that Urban was interested in reprising the Dredd role for Mega-City One, and now it seems that a return really could be a reality. Now we all just needs to get anything crossable crossed!
For Mega-City One, early plot details for this new series reveal that it will (obviously!) be set in the future, with the East Coast of the United States having become a hive of criminal activity. As such, the action will focus on a team of Judges tasked with cleaning up the streets in the only way they know how – by serving as judge, jury and executioner.
Expect more on all of this as it develops.
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