2012’s Dredd was just one more film — in a long line of films — that received very positive reviews, and tanked at the box-office. As a result, the Dredd film franchise was left dead in the water. However, as luck would have it, a Judge Dredd TV series was announced this summer for (potentially) 2019.
Mega-City One is being produced by IM Global, producers of 2012’s Dredd, and it was revealed last August that Karl Urban has had talks to potentially join the series as Judge Dredd. Since then, we haven’t really had much news concerning Urban’s involvement (or really any Mega-City One news, for that matter). However, at a recent press-junket for Thor: Ragnarok, Urban did talk briefly about Mega-City One, and the conditions that would seal the deal for his return (via Screen Rant):
“Well, Rebellion, who owns the rights to Judge Dredd, are currently developing a television series called Mega-City One, and I’ve had many discussions with them about my involvement of which I am interested, and I said to them, ‘Listen, if you write a character that has a function and a purpose and contributes to the overall story, then I might be very interested in reprising that role.’ I certainly wouldn’t want to step into it and just pay lip service to the movie. There has to be some material there that warrants further exploration of that character. So the ball’s in their court.”
So, basically, Karl Urban will join the cast if the script is actually well written? Sounds like the condition fans should have for watching it as well.
On a completely different note: hopefully, if Blade Runner 2049 never gets the sequel that it absolutely deserves, we can see a TV adaptation for that franchise too.