A Judge Dredd television series titled “Judge Dredd: Mega-City One” is in the works.
Judge Dredd fans can rejoice. Via Entertainment Weekly, we have news that a live-action television series about the futuristic judge, jury, and executioner is in the works. The series will be titled “Judge Dredd: Mega-City One.”
Bringing the series to life will be independent entertainment studio IM Global and independent games developer and publisher Rebellion. In an interview with EW, IM Global president Mark Stern expressed his enthusiasm for the project:
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"“This is one of those seminal sci-fi properties that seems to only become and more relevant with age … Not only is it a rich world with biting social commentary, but it’s also fun as hell! As a fan of the comics and both films, it’s a dream come true to be able to work with Jason and Chris in adapting this for television.”"
Jason Kingsley and Chris Kingsley, owners of Rebellion, also chimed in:
"“We’re very excited to be beginning the journey to get more of Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One on the television screen … Thanks to the legions of fans who have kept up pressure on social media, and a lot of background work and enthusiasm, we aim to make a big budget production that will satisfy both our vast comics audience and the even greater general screen-watching public.”"
Check out the video announcement from Producer Brian Jenkins and Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley:
Created by John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra, and Pat Mills, the character of Judge Dredd made his first appearance in 2000 AD no. 2 (March 5, 1977). The character was introduced as an incorruptible lawman who fought and punished crime in the dystopian, decaying world of Mega-City One.
Sylvester Stallone embodied Judge Dredd in the character’s first silver screen outing in 1995’s Judge Dredd. It was profitable, but was panned by critics and, most of all, fans who thought Dredd was portrayed incorrectly (removing the helmet, among other things, was a bad idea).
In 2012, Karl Urban would take the reins in Dredd. Though seen as a box-office bust, critics and fans agreed that it was a visceral, thrilling experience and, most of all, a very faithful adaptation. It soon garnered a cult following where fans petitioned for a sequel. It seems that petition helped with the development of the television series.
Preliminary Premise (courtesy of Entertainment Weekly)
"The potential show is set in a future where the East Coast of the U.S. has become a crowded and crime-ridden megalopolis. The plan is to make the series an ensemble drama about a team of Judges — futuristic cops invested with the power to be judge, jury, and executioner — as they deal with the challenges the future-shocked 22nd century throws at them."
Currently, no network is attached and no pilot date has been set.
It will be executive produced by IM Global Television president Mark Stern, IM Global Television CEO Stuart Ford, and Rebellion owners Jason Kingsley and Chris Kingsley. There is currently no casting information.