New ‘Dredd’ Photos Arrive, Cannes Buzz Heats Up

Hot off its presence at Cannes, the upcoming adaptation of “Dredd” is being featured on the cover of this week’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter, and it looks like things are getting pretty heated for Karl Urban’s Judge Dredd.

Urban has stepped into the distinctive helmet that Sylvester Stallone wore in 1995’s “Judge Dredd.” Both projects are based on the character of the same name that originally appeared in the British sci-fi anthology “2000 AD.” From what we have heard, “Dredd” is going to be a lot closer in tone to the comic and will be grittier than the incarnation of the story that Stallone starred in.

A new promotional picture from the movie (which you can see above) also shows off the grittier, darker take on the “Dredd” story. Find out what people had to say about the film’s debut at Cannes after the jump.

“Dredd” was screened yesterday for “people who bought it for a lot of money 18 months ago,” IM Global’s Stuart Ford told Deadline. Apparently the movie was well received by the many people who attended the film’s screening.

“The reaction was great. It was as packed as any screening I’ve seen in Cannes. There were people sitting on the floor in the front and the back of the room,” he said, adding that people stayed even though “it was about a hundred degrees” in the theater.

Ford goes on to say it’s “an edgy, cool film with a rocking soundtrack” and “appears very fresh and distinctive. It’s ’Dirty Harry’ meets ’District 9.'”

Starring Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey, “Dredd” hits theaters in the US on September 21.

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