Judge Dredd TV show in development
While a sequel to Karl Urban's Dredd seems rather dead in the water, it looks as if the character and the world around him will be back, this time on the small screen. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that a Judge Dredd TV series is in development with the rather forbidding name Judge Dredd: Mega City One.
Independent entertainment studio IM Global and independent U.K. games developer Rebellion have struck a deal to create the show, though no network has been attached yet. According to Entertainment Weekly, the plan is to make the series an ensemble drama about a team of Judges — futuristic cops invested with the power to be judge, jury, and executioner — as they deal with the challenges the future-shocked 22nd century throws at them.
IM Global Television president Mark Stern, who developed a number of shows including the gritty reimagining of Battlestar Galactica, will be on board as executive producer along with IM Global Television CEO Stuart Ford; and Rebellion owners Jason and Chris Kingsley.
Stern made the following statement on the deal.
“This is one of those seminal sci-fi properties that seems to only become and more relevant with age. Not only is it a rich world with biting social commentary, but it’s also fun as hell! As a fan of the comics and both films, it’s a dream come true to be able to work with Jason and Chris in adapting this for television."
Jason and Chris Kingsley added...
“We’re very excited to be beginning the journey to get more of Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One on the television screen. Thanks to the legions of fans who have kept up pressure on social media, and a lot of background work and enthusiasm, we aim to make a big budget production that will satisfy both our vast comics audience and the even greater general screen-watching public.”
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