'Dredd' Sequels Could Include Dark Judges, Says Writer Alex Garland


"Dredd" doesn't hit theaters for another couple of months, but certain Comic-Con attendees are going to get an early look at the film at a special screening on Wednesday (July 11). Early word of mouth on the movie could prove very important to its sequel prospects — and yes, the folks behind "Dredd" are already thinking about the Judge's future.

During an appearance at the London Film and Comic Con last weekend, "Dredd" writer Alex Garland spoke about what it would take to make a sequel happen. As it turns out, he has a very specific number in mind.

"We’ll see a sequel if the gross is above $50 million in the US," said Garland, according to Bleeding Cool. "It’s a simple financial equation. We’re an independent movie."

Garland has lots of plans for the "Dredd" sequel, too, ideas that include the use of the Dark Judges — characters that Garland wanted to use for this first film, in fact.

"In terms of Dark Judges, I wrote Death into this script, but it didn’t feel right for the first film," he said. "I needed to have set up the city and Dredd first before taking on what is essentially a riff on the Judges. You need to know what the Judges are before you can subvert them."

"If they want to make sequels, I’ve got a story that goes from this one into the origins of Dredd and the city," he continued of his plans. "Then the third one has would have a strange, existential attack from the Dark Judges."

Starring Karl Urban as the man himself, "Dredd" hits theaters on September 21, 2012.

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