The iconic futuristic lawman Judge Dredd is heading to the small screen. It has been reported that the star of the long-running 2000AD comic book is to feature in a new live-action show called Judge Dredd: Mega City One.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the series is being developed by independent studio IM Global and British games developer and publisher Rebellion. The site states that the show will focus on “a team of Judges–futuristic cops invested with the power to be judge, jury, and executioner–as they deal with the challenges the future-shocked 22nd century throws at them.”
While there is no news on casting or on what channel the show might end up, a teaser poster has been released. Check it out below:
In a statement, IM Global TV boss Mark Stern said: “This is one of those seminal sci-fi properties that seems to only become and more relevant with age. Not only is it a rich world with biting social commentary, but it’s also fun as hell! As a fan of the comics and both films, it’s a dream come true to be able to work in adapting this for television.”
This will be the third time that the character has been brought to the screen. In 1995, Sylvester Stallone starred in the big-budget Judge Dredd, while Star Trek‘s Karl Urban played him in 2012’s Dredd. Although neither version was commercially very successful, the 2012 movie has attracted a cult following over the years and there has been talk of a potential sequel.
Judge Dredd was created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra, and he first appeared in the second issue of 2000AD in 1977. The character has also appeared in a number of video games, including Judge Dredd and Judge Dredd: Dredd VS Death.
In related news, last week it was reported that a remastered version of the third-person shooter Rogue Trooper is on the way. The game is also based on a 2000AD character and was first released in 2006.
Author Dan Auty
Original Post by GameSpot