Karl Urban has made no secret that he would be willing to return to his role as Judge Dredd, and with his recent comments at the Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas last week where he mentioned he was more than interested, it’s been revealed he is, in fact, in talks to reprise his role for a new TV Series.
The series, titled Judge Dredd Mega-City One, was announced back in March and will focus on a team of Judges as they encounter the challenges in a world in which east-coast cities have merged into a giant megalopolis. Urban revealed that he was indeed in discussions in returning to the role as long as the material gave him something to do.
“I am in discussions with them about that, I told them that if they write the material and give Dredd something to do and give him a function, I will be there. I would love to.”
The 2012 science fiction adventure was directed by Pete Travis and written by Ex-Machina and the upcoming Annihilation’s Alex Garland. Although 2012’s Dredd, in which Star Trek star Urban played the lead, ultimately bombed at the box office earning just over $41 million at the box office on an estimated budget of $30–45 million, it has since gone on to gather a cult following due to its home entertainment success but because of the poor returns from the theatrical release Garland’s plans for a trilogy of films in which a second film would focus on the origins of Dredd and Mega-City One, and a third would introduce Dredd’s nemeses, the undead Judge Death and his Dark Judges was dismissed.
Judge Dredd Mega-City One is currently due to start filming next year ahead of a 2019 release.