We here at DC are massive fans of Pete Travis’ Dredd (review), which contained a level of ultra violent sci-fi badassery and satire unseen since Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop.
And though it died a most undeserving death at the box office, it found a massive audience on home video, numbers that stars Karl Urban and writer Alex Garland are using as leverage to get a worthy sequel made.
Now rights holder 2000 AD has launched an official petition and online campaign which they plan on bringing to Lionsgate to show the fan demand for a sequel. Click here to sign the petition, and visit the Facebook page to help spread the word!
A world where there are five Scary Movies and no Dredd sequels isn’t a world we want to live in.
The future America is an irradiated wasteland. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington, DC, lies Mega City One – a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, jury, and instant executioner. Known and feared throughout the city, Dredd (Karl Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge – a dangerous drug epidemic that has users of “Slo-Mo” experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.
During a routine day on the job, Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate Cassandra Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. A heinous crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture: a 200-story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord Ma-Ma (Lena Headey) and her ruthless clan. When they capture one of the clan’s inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound’s control center and wages a dirty, vicious war against the Judges that proves she will stop at nothing to protect her empire. With the body count climbing and no way out, Dredd and Anderson must confront the odds and engage in the relentless battle for their survival.
The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis bring Dredd to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film. Filmed in 3D with stunning slow-motion photography sequences, the film returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.
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