Judge Dredd started life in 1977 as a character from the comic 2000 AD, he is part of the law enforcement system in Mega City One, an overpopulated massive city where the judges not only police the streets but upon arrest can give instant judgment including execution of the offender.
Judge Dredd was made into a film in 1995 starring Sylvester Stallone as Dredd and Diane Lane as Judge Hershey, the film was a box office flop although it had excellent set designs and a fabulous opening sequence but i felt Rob Schneider was a very annoying sidekick, it's also a shame the script changed, originally they had a far more ambitious script which would have involved the four dark judges consisting of Judge Death, Judge Fire, Judge Fear and Judge Mortis, they were from a parallel dimension and had concluded that crime was committed by the living hence life was a crime and they killed the entire population of their world and now they want to do the same to Dredd's world.
In 1995 the amount of CGI required to convincingly portray the dark judges was not cheap and nor was CGI at a high enough standard back then to make it look realistic, today they would have no problems creating a futuristic world and bringing the dark judges to life.
Karl Urban who plays Dr Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the new Star trek film franchise has signed on to play Judge Dredd while the script has been written by Alex Garland, Garland wrote 28 Days Later and Sunshine and is also involved in the screenplay for 28 Months Later, Halo and the remake of Logan's Run, the latest news is the plot will revolve around Dredd and a rookie Judge Anderson investigating murders at a high rise building called Peach Trees, a drug lord puts the place on nuclear lockdown with Dredd and Anderson trapped inside, this leaves both little choice but to descend down the building past the scum of the Earth to find the drug lord. Blah, thats such a lame story, sure it might be entertaining but it just isn't what fans of the comics really want, we want the dark judges vs Dredd and not Judge Dredd meets Diehard.
In another bit of bad news, Pete Travis is directing, he was responsible for the dull and boring Vantage Point, although i'm disappointed about that script i just hope they have a lot of money to do this film right and are ambitious enough to go the extra mile and not cut corners.
The film is being made in 3D, i'm not really sure thats necessary but its the in thing and i prefer they actually shoot 3D than make it 2D and clumsily convert the movie to 3D.
Producer Andrew McDonald says ""The main thing about Dredd is that it’s a fantastic comic that was completely messed up 20 years ago," said Macdonald. "Our idea is to make a very hard, R-rated, gritty, realistic movie of Dredd in Megacity, so we’ve got to get the tone right. He’s not going to take off his helmet. His bike is going to feel real. He’s going to hit people and it’s going to feel real." He went on to say "We’ll be shooting in Johannesburg and we’re shooting with the people who did District 9 – and if we get it right, Alex has a couple of ideas for other stories as well. It’s not based on any one comic, and John Wagner is involved in every decision."
Lena Heady will play the main female villian of Ma-Ma in the movie, she's a good actress and should bring energy to the role.
Dredd is due to hit cinemas sometime in 2012.