Within the entertainment industry, attitudes are notably positive regarding “Dredd,” the forget-the-first-one-ever-existed live-action reboot of British publisher 2000AD’s most widely-recognized character, Judge Dredd.
It’s not a huge surprise, given the casting of hype-worthy stars Karl Urban (“Star Trek”) and Olivia Thirlby (“The Wackness”). Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the movie market’s current climate is one of source-embracing reverence to fan-cherished comic franchises.
The manifestation of one such vote of confidence was reported today by Variety: the fact that “Dredd” has been picked up as part of a three-picture distribution deal by Lionsgate Entertainment.
Along with action films “Safe” and "Protection,” Lionsgate has acquired “Dredd”, presumably hoping to replicate the success of its recent release of “The Expendables,” this past summer’s verging-on-satire action genre blockbuster.
"'Safe,' 'Dredd' and 'Protection' are genre films at their best, with charismatic stars, compelling stories and intense action," said Lionsgate's Jason Constantine.
Directed by Pete Travis, the 3D-rendered “Dredd” — endowed with a script Alex Garland based on John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's comic work — is scheduled to begin production on November 12 in Cape Town, South Africa.
Will "Dredd" erase all memory of "Judge Dredd"? Should fans of "The Expendables" consider "Dredd" a sure bet? Let us know what you think in the comment section or on Twitter!