Good news for fans who’ve wanted to see more Dredd since the criminally underrated movie adaptation of the same name: he is getting his own TV show.
Revealed by Entertainment Weekly, Judge Dredd: Mega City One represents a partnership between IM Global and Rebellion, finally bringing the character back to our screens after a long wait. Just like the source material, Judge Dredd: Mega City One will focus on the massive city, its criminals, and the only man who can deliver justice.
According to the report, it will feature an ensemble cast with the spotlight being shone on more Judges than just Dredd. The character of Dredd has been around since 1977, and was popularised in the 2000 AD graphic novel anthology. He’s made appearances in two movies to date: the polarising Sylvester Stallone from 1995, and the 2012 version featuring Karl Urban, which was penned by the acclaimed Alex Garland with direction from Pete Travis.
There’s a fine pedigree behind the scenes of Mega City One, which includes Mark Stern, who is the IM Global Television president and known for bringing Battlestar Galactica back to life. He seems optimistic about the future for the series:
“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 in adapting this for television.”
Jason and Chris Kingsley, owners of Rebellion, were equally excited about the opportunity:
“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.”
The show is still in its early days of development and has not been picked up the network just yet, but with the kind of dedicated following Dredd has, it should do just fine.