It’s been revealed by EW that Rebellion and IM Global will be turning their iconic comic book series Judge Dredd into a live-action TV series! Dubbed “Judge Dredd: Mega City One,” the show will follow a group of Judges and the challenges they face in Mega City One, a megapolis that encompasses much of the United States Eastern Coast.
IM Global president Mark Stern stated, “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 [Kingsley] in adapting this for television.”
Jason and Chris Kingsley, the owners of Rebellion, add, “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.”
Judge Dredd has been adapted into two films, one in 1995 with Sylvester Stallone in the lead role and the second in 2012 with Karl Urban donning the imposing helmet. The former wasn’t well-received but has since become a schlocky B cult film, while the latter was critically acclaimed but simply didn’t perform well at the box office. Fans have been aching for a sequel ever since, although with the news of this TV series that seems all but impossible.