Karl Urban, via Twitter, has denied the report that a Dredd sequel is in development. While we’re unsure if his words were initially misunderstood during the Denver Comic Con panel or the status of the project has changed in the past 24 hours, we have included his tweet below:
Dredd update : Unfortunately a sequel is no closer to happening , options have been discussed but there is no sequel in " development " .
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) June 22, 2016
Originally published June 21, 2016
Very big news from the Denver Comic-Con this weekend via ScienceFiction.com. During a panel Karl Urban confirmed that yes, Dredd 2 is in development. While its outlet hasn’t been determined yet, as in where it will be distributed, the story is in the works. The sequel to the sleeper hit could eventually find its way in theaters or on a more intimate platform, like Netflix or Amazon.
Dredd is based on the British comic book series. It’s credited with following the books far more close than its predecessor, Judge Dredd (1995), which was largely panned. The stories center on a law enforcement officer with near absolute judiciary power in the dystopian, futuristic city of Mega-City One set in North America. Despite widespread critical acclaim, and a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film did virtually nothing at the box office. When it was released in 2012 it earned an embarrassing $41.5 million internationally. Only $13.4 million of that was earned in the US. DVD sales fared much better earning $18.9 million domestically.
While no one was exactly clamoring for theater tickets fans were determined that a sequel, with Urban, be made. A fan petition was started in 2013 garnering over $150k signatures to date. The strongest voice in the movement to bring the sequel to fruition belongs to Urban. He blames the box office failure of Dredd on a gross lack of marketing and visibility on the part of Lionsgate. That’s hard to argue against, given the stats. He has been very vocal since then about his willingness to return to the role, provided the substance and depth to the plot and character are there.
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) April 21, 2016
Meanwhile, you can catch Urban in Star Trek Beyond, which opens July 22. Sadly, the Star Trek cast canceled an upcoming Cannes appearance following the tragic death of Anton Yelchin on June 19. According to E! News, the actors are “just too devastated” from their loss. Paramount released the following statement:
“All of us are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Anton Yelchin. Out of respect, we are withdrawing our participation in the previously announced Star Trek Beyond event at Cannes Lions this week.”
On a lighter note, Urban will begin filming Thor: Ragnarok in Australia on July 4. The third Thor installment also stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Urban’s Lord of the Rings cast mate, Cate Blanchett. Ragnarok is due in theaters November 3, 2017.
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