Even though writer Alex Garland thinks there’s no chance for a sequel to the 2012 Dredd, that isn’t stopping fans nor even star Karl Urban from hoping for one. The actor even suggested on Twitter that he’d make a sequel for Netflix or Amazon.
Last week, a fan asked Urban if he’d make a follow-up, even if it landed on the streaming services. The actor, who currently plays ‘Bones’ McCoy in the Star Trek films, said he’d be up for it. “There’s a gold mine of Awesome Mega city 1 stories,” Urban wrote.
— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) April 21, 2016
Although the movie is loved by fans much more than the 1995 Judge Dredd, the film wasn’t a big hit for Lionsgate in theaters. It only grossed $13.4 million domestically and $35.6 million worldwide. While the film only cost $50 million to make, it didn’t make enough back for Lionsgate to even consider a sequel. During his promotional tour for Ex Machina in March 2015, Garland, who wrote and produced Dredd, said that there’s no plans for a Dredd 2.
“There isn’t, as far as I can tell, going to be a Dredd sequel,” Garland said at the time, reports io9. “The basic mechanics of film financing say that if you make a film that loses a ton of money, you’re not going to get a sequel. And that’s basically what happened.”
Then again, Den of Geek pointed out that Dredd co-creator John Wagner said in September there could be a new film, eventually. Of course, we are talking about the movie industry, so if any producer with big pockets sees enough interest in a Dredd 2, it could happen. Don’t hold your breath, though.