If it's crap ... We'll tell you
I'm not sure if it's more frustrating when a terrible film makes towers and towers of cash, or when fantastic, deserving films flop. Last year, Karl Urban stepped into the role of comicbook enforcer Judge Dredd, a role that had been occupied on screen once before in the woefully bad Sylvester Stallone vehicle. 'Dredd,' directed by Pete Travis, was a violent, dazzling, sci-fi actioner that held far truer to the source material. However, sadly, the film failed to make its money back at the box office. It seemed, in all likelihood, that we would not see a sequel. However, in a recent interview, Urban stated that we shouldn't give up on that prospect just yet...
"Interestingly enough, I did have breakfast with Alex Garland this morning. It’s not off the agenda. Clearly everyone has woken up to the fact that an audience has found this movie and loves it. It’s entirely possible, and if people want to see another installment then they should be vocal about that, because, it can happen. The power of fandom can resurrect projects. In fact, that’s what happened with Star Trek. They weren’t going to do a third season until fans did a letter writing campaign and they continued that series."
So there you have it, folks. The new Dredd franchise still has a pulse. I was blown away by Travis' iteration of Carlos Esquerra's graphic novel. I also have a great deal of respect for Urban, as he was such a fan that he mad leaving the helmet on throughout the movie a condition of his taking the job. We're talking about a young, up-and-coming actor insisting upon having no face time in a major summer film just because it was in service of the character. And visually, both in terms of the violent action and slow-motion aesthetics, it was everything I wanted from a Judge Dredd movie. I'm still at a loss to explain why it didn't catch on with audiences, and I'm sure those who don't share my enthusiasm will venture a few guesses, but more than anything I've been lamenting the fact that it seemed we would never get to see a Dredd film about The Dark Judges. My hope is, and again I implore those of you who enjoyed Dredd to assist, that there will be enough fan buzz to get the studios interested in rolling the dice again. Perhaps I'm too optimistic, but hey, so are the writer and star of the film. Plus, Urban is right, fans have been able to resurrect properties in the past. Look at what happened with 'Arrested Development,' 'Veronica Mars,' and 'Jericho.' Actually 'Jericho' was cancelled again after fans saved it so ignore that example.
What do you guys think? Do you believe another Judge Dredd movie is a possibility? Would you want to see it? What stories from the comics would you like to see explored?