Monday, February 6, 2012

"Dredd" Takes To The Streets Of 'Mega City One'

Sneak Peek more new images from the upcoming, DNA Films' comic book based feature "Dredd", starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey :

"...'Dredd' takes us to the wild streets of 'Mega City One', the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on 'Cursed Earth'.

"'Judge Dredd' (Urban) is the most feared of elite 'Street Judges', with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot.

"The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Peter Travis bring 'Dredd' to life as a futuristic 'neo-noir' action film...

"...returning the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip..."

Actress Lena Heady ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles") portrays the villain 'Madeline Madrigal' (aka 'Ma-Ma').

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 'Judge 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'."

Inspired by Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry", Dredd is a uniformed judge, combining 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 until 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'.

The $45 million budgeted, 3D adaptation will be distributed by Lionsgate, September 21, 2012.

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