Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Looming Dredd

The last time I talked about the feature reboot of famed British comic Judge Dredd was more than a year ago when genre fave Karl Urban signed on to don the character's signature black-and-red helmet. Since then, the film has gotten an official title (Dredd), an American studio (Lionsgate), and a release date (September 21 this year). What we haven't seen as of yet is any actual footage from the Pete Travis-directed film. Some of you may recall that Dredd, a futuristic lawman in post-apocalyptic America, first came to the screen via 1995's Sylvester Stallone starrer, known today as a punchline that didn't do much to burnish either the actor or character's rep.

As I briefly mentioned in my earlier posts, I've been a fan of Dredd for a long time now -- going all the way back to the time I first saw him on the cover of British mag 2000 A.D. in the mid-'80s. The iconic look, bleak setting, and black humor make for a mix that sets the character uniquely apart (though that mix was embodied quite well in the Dredd-esque first RoboCop in 1987). However, after being burned by the previous film attempt, I'm a bit gunshy about this new go, especially considering how Lionsgate flamed out in fall of last year with their ballyhooed, abortive relaunch of Conan the Barbarian. That said, I really like how Urban looks in the pic above, all duded up in his lawgiving finest, as well as the second pic after the jump:
(Courtesy of Coming Soon)

Looks good. I'm not sure what to think beyond that, but I've still got my fingers crossed.

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