Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"Dredd": I Am The Law

Sneak Peek more new images of actor Karl Urban ("Star Trek") as superhero cop 'Judge Dredd', in the upcoming DNA Films' comic book adaptation, "Dredd".

The futuristic crime feature co-stars actress Lena Heady ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") as the villain 'Madeline Madrigal' (aka 'Ma-Ma').

The $45 million budgeted, 3D adaptation will be distributed by Lionsgate.

Urban stars as the law enforcement officer from 'Mega-City One', for director Pete Travis ("Vantage Point"), from a screenplay by Alex Garland ("Sunshine").

Reliance BIG Pictures and IM Global, a Reliance international sales company, financed the live-action feature, based on the 2000 AD Publishing character created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra.

"The main thing about 'Dredd' is that it’s a fantastic comic," said "Dredd" producer Andrew Macdonald.

"Our idea was to make a very hard, R-rated, gritty, realistic movie of 'Dredd' in 'Megacity', so we had to get the tone right."

"Alex Garland’s script is faithful to the original concept that made 'Judge Dredd' a favourite bad-ass hero," said "Judge Dredd" co-creator Wagner.

"This adaptation of 'Judge Dredd' will have an emphasis on adrenaline and realism, with all the scale and spectacle of 'Mega-City One'."
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Inspired by Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry", Dredd is a uniformed judge, combining combine powers of police, judge, jury and executioner.

Dredd and his fellow Judges are empowered to arrest, sentence and execute criminals on the spot.

With 'bionic' eyes implanted after a time-traveling mission to the 'City Of The Damned', Dredd carries a 'lawgiver' pistol. His ride is a cannon-mounted, AI intelligence 'lawmaster' chopper.

'Joseph Dredd' and his brother 'Rico' were originally cloned from the DNA of 'Chief Judge Fargo', the first chief judge. Their growth was artificially accelerated and they emerged in 2066 with education and world knowledge electronically implanted in their brains by CPU during gestation.

The name 'Dredd' was chosen by genetic scientist 'Morton Judd' to instill fear in the criminal community.

In 2070, during the 'Atomic Wars', the Dredds saw action for the first time as cadets, temporarily fast-tracked through the 'Academy Of Law', assigned the rank of full judges and sent to restore order, following the US Justice Department deposing the President.

Joseph continued to excel as a Judge, rapidly gaining promotion to the rank of 'Senior Judge', during the 'Fourth World War'.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek the 1995 feature 'Judge Dredd"...