The Judge Dredd: Mega-City One TV series is moving right along. It was announced at San Diego Comic-Con by Rebellion, the company in control of the franchise, that the pilot script for the series based on the world of the 2000 AD comic book series has been completed. Best of all, the script was written by Rob Williams, who has been penning the comic for quite some time and has been behind some of the series' most important arcs.
Rob Williams is also going to be the creative force behind the series, which is titled Judge Dredd: Mega-City One. It's set to focus on a massive, crime-riddled city that now encompasses the majority of the East Coast of the U.S. in a dystopian future. Though the titular Judge Dredd will be part of the series, it's actually going to be an ensemble piece that will feature a group of crime fighters who serve as judge, jury and executioner, when called for, that are trying to get a hold on things in this massive wasteland. Brian Jenkins, a producer on the series, had this to say in a statement.
"It's been really exciting to be working with Rob on the pilot. We have a really talented team here at Rebellion Productions and I'm really proud of them. Jason and I have been busy looking at locations and laying out season one as we gear up, to move forward into pre-production. I've read the pilot script by Rob and the team, and got that same thrill I did when I first discovered Judge Dredd. As we drive this project forward I'm always surprised by how much effort goes on behind-the-scenes to bring something like Mega-City One to the screen. I'm very pleased with how the whole project is coming together and looking forward to more exciting announcements in the coming months."
The creative team now has the first couple of seasons plotted out and a pilot script ready to go. With location scouting now taking place, we should expect to hear some casting news in the relatively near future, assuming they don't hit any snags. Karl Urban, who played Judge Dredd in 2012's Dredd, which bombed at the box office but went on to become a cult hit, has expressed interest in reprising his role and has met with the show's producers. Though, his involvement still hasn't been locked down just yet.
Karl Urban had desperately wanted to get Dredd 2 going, but that's almost assuredly never going to happen, for financial reasons. Prior to 2012's Dredd, Sylvester Stallone portrayed the character in the 1995 Judge Dredd movie, which was a big-budget blockbuster that also bombed and was, unlike Urban's movie, trashed critically upon its arrival. Judge Dredd: Mega-City One sounds like it could be pretty great and faithful to the world of the 2000 AD comics and has an awful lot of promise. No network has been locked down for the series as of yet. This news comes to us courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.