Dredd Movie Update

Writer Alex Garland promising an emphasis on “adrenaline and realism”

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The official press release for the new Judge Dredd movie being made by Reliance BIG Pictures and IM Global confirms that the budget will be $45 million, and reveals a few more snippets about the project.

Filming will take place late in 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa, with Pete Travis directing from a script by Alex ( The Beach , Sunshine ) Garland.

Dredd co-creator John Wagner is quoted: “Alex Garland’s script is faithful to the original concept that made Judge Dredd a favourite bad-ass hero. It’s a high-octane slay ride through the dark underbelly of the vast future city. A fan pleaser. With their track record, I have every faith in Alex Garland, (and producers) Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich.”

Alex Garland adds: “I grew up reading Judge Dredd . The incredible writers and artists of 2000 AD were formative influences on me. Andrew, Allon and I have developed this adaptation of Judge Dredd with an emphasis on adrenaline and realism, but with all the scale and spectacle of Mega-City One. We think Pete’s propulsive, edgy style is a perfect match for the project.”

Dave Golder
Freelance Writer

Dave is a TV and film journalist who specializes in the science fiction and fantasy genres. He's written books about film posters and post-apocalypses, alongside writing for SFX Magazine for many years.