Monday, June 11, 2012

Feelin' Dredd

Meant to post this a few days ago, but the weekend sort of got away from me. There's the first teaser poster for Dredd, a new feature adaptation of Brit comic icon "Judge Dredd," starring Star Trek's Karl Urban as the lantern-jawed lawman and due to hit theaters this fall courtesy of Lionsgate. I dig it. Per this post at JoBlo by my good buddy Paul Shirey, Dredd co-creator John Wagner has seen the film and signed off. Here's some of what he said:
Karl is a great Dredd and Olivia gets Anderson completely. This is Dredd as it should be done – true to character, visceral, unrelentingly violent (but not off-puttingly so). It will open, I believe, sometime in September. No doubt you’ll let me know what you think when you’ve seen it, but this has my recommendation.
While Wagner's recommendation is definitely a feather in this film's cap, a red flag for me is that this is coming from Lionsgate, which already doesn't have a great hit ratio with similar fare (Punisher: War Zone, last year's Conan the Barbarian), and when you tack on the bad taste left over from the previous go at bringing Judge Dredd to the big screen back in '95 with Sly Stallone, you start wondering if there's even an audience for this one stateside.

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