You didn’t think Mega City One’s judge, jury, and executioner was going to let the Merc With a Mouth have all the fun now, did you?
Nipping at the heels of FXX and Marvel’s announcement of an adult-oriented Deadpool series, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that a live-action Dredd series – aptly titled Judge Dredd: Mega City One – has entered “early development” at IM Global and Rebellion, the games studio that assisted in the development of the Karl Urban-fronted Dredd movie back in 2012. Indeed, Rebellion’s other credits include Battlestar Galactica and Helix, so Mega City One shouldn’t have any problem attracting top-tier talent.
Staying true to John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s source material, Mega City One is set to take place in a futuristic megalopolis riddled with crime and villainy. Dredd is one of the many Judges populating said cityscape, who famously stand as judge, jury, and executioner. There’s no mention of a network for Judge Dredd: Mega City One just yet – ditto for casting – but it would almost be unthinkable if the series didn’t get picked up further down the line.
The official statement from Jason and Chris Kingsley reads as so:
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.
Following in the footsteps of Deadpool, IM Global is now beginning to make headway on Judge Dredd: Mega City One. For years, John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s no-nonsense law enforcer has been linked with a spinoff TV series, and it looks like those wishes have finally been granted. But what are your thoughts on today’s surprise announcement? Do let us know in the usual place.