Karl Urban Says He’s in Talks for ‘Judge Dredd: Mega-City One’ TV Series
A potential TV reboot of Judge Dredd seemed like tacit admission that Dredd sequel was never getting off the ground, just as producer hopes to return Karl Urban to the role were wishful thinking at best. Now, Urban himself says “discussions” are taking place, and if he likes the Mega-City One material, “I will be there.”
It was only a few months ago we learned that IM Global and UK game developer Rebellion were working on a new live-action Judge Dredd series, said to be a “dark fantasy” leaning into the character’s more fantastical adventures. That seemed admittedly at odds with Alex Garland’s 2012 film, but Judge Dredd: Mega-City One executive producer Jason Kingsley nonetheless claimed “we are going to have some long and complicated conversations” with Urban to gauge his interest.
As Urban himself said at Star Trek Las Vegas (via TrekMovie), that interest is higher than expected:
I am in discussions with them about that. I told them that if they write the material and give Dredd something to do and give him a function, I will be there. I would love to.
Here’s how initial reports described the new series, which might still be a few years away:
The show is set in a future where the East Coast of the U.S. has become a crowded and crime-ridden megalopolis. It will be 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.
Urban’s version was certainly more grounded than Sylvester Stallone’s hi-tech, but unmasked take, but should the new series stick with Urban regardless of continuity?