The Dredd movie that came out in 2012 was nothing short of awesome for fans of the 2000 AD comics character… too bad it completely tanked at the U.S. box office. Still, since it gathered a hefty cult following thanks to Blu-ray and DVD, fans have been clamoring for a sequel. The man who played the frowny law enforcer, Karl Urban, also wants a sequel and has been on Twitter telling fans not to lose hope and to sign petitions and the like. He said discussions were happening!
All great, right? Except, there isn’t actually anything close to being made. On a recent episode of DweebCast, the film’s producer, Adi Shankar, told everybody to chill out, despite what Urban says.
“I’m going to tread lightly here. I feel like Karl made a small statement that got blown way out of proportion by news sites. Yeah there are conversations going on (about making Dredd 2), but I wouldn’t automatically go like, ‘Oh there’s conversations going on, so when’s the release date?’ When there’s no fucking script.”
He did say he’s certainly the main one “freaking out and leading the charge,” but there are more factors at play than merely wanting to do it. The first film was produced independently and distributed by different companies in the different global markets, meaning a sequel would need the go-ahead from each of the companies. That’s a bit of a pain, one would imagine.
So, don’t lose heart, Dredd fans, but don’t expect anything in the near future. In fact, a year ago on a Reddit AMA, Shankar said a sequel would never happen, so this is still a big improvement. Maybe start a petition for an Almost Human movie in the meantime.
You can see the full interview below. Also below, you can tell is what you’d like from a Dredd sequel. Perhaps more wanton murder.