This should tell you how long it takes for some projects to get off the ground. The first time we wrote about a Judge Dredd movie (not a remake, but a more faithful rendering of the outstanding comic series) was in 2008, when Dustin first discussed it. Since then, we’ve learned who the writer is — Alex Garland, Danny Boyle’s writing partner. Excellent choice. The script is, from what I hear, very good, described by The Playlist as “action-heavy” and “dark and gritty,” and sort of a Die Hard set in the Blade Runner universe. Of course, this script is almost three years old now and is bound to go through some rewrites, but still — Garland’s presence was the first sign of hope for a character beloved by many a comic book reader. Considering how woefully slaughtered it was by Stallone’s epically bad adaptation (directed by Danny “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer” Cannon), we really truly have nowhere to go but up. In fact, I foolishly left the 1995 film off of my list of The Worst Comic Book Movies of All Time. Perhaps I’ve just been trying to black it out.
Anyway, we’ve got a script, and the last time I wrote about this the director was supposedly Pete Travis (Vantage Point), but that’s as yet unconfirmed. Now, the casting rumors have finally begun. Bleeding Cool is reporting that Karl Urban is being offered the part of Dredd. It’s strictly rumor at the moment, but if I could indulge in a bit of fantasy — I think it’s an excellent choice.
I’ve always liked Urban, though he’s never successfully carried a film on his own yet — Pathfinder certainly doesn’t count. But he’s been excellent as Bones McCoy in the JJ Abrams Star Trek, he was quietly deadly in The Bourne Supremacy, and was also very good as Eomer in the last two Lord of the Rings films (also? He was Cupid in “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys,” and Caesar in “Xena: Warrior Princess,” believe it or not). He’ll next be seen in Red and then as the baddie in Priest. Hell, I just like the guy. He’s got the look for it — handsome, but not too handsome, with a hint of menace and a rough exterior. Not that it matters, since apparently in this script he never takes off the helmet — which is awesome.
So there you have it — the newest rumor about who will play Mega-City One’s toughest cop. We’ll see what happens. As long as there’s no Rob fucking Schneider. Please, God, let there be no Rob Schneider. Someone needs to forcefeed that mule-fucking shitbrain live scorpions. Rectally.
I fucking hate Rob Schneider.
Although… Armand Assante was no picnic either.