Thursday, July 19, 2012

Judge "Dredd" : Enter Olivia Thirlby

Sneak Peek new images and a synopsis for director Pete Travis' R-rated 3D comic book adaptation, "Dredd 3D', starring Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey, opening September 2012 :
"...the future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies 'Mega City One'- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. 
"The only force of order lies with the urban cops called 'Judges' who possess the combined powers of judge, jury and instant executioner. 
"Known and feared throughout the city, 'Dredd' (Urban) is the ultimate Judge, challenged with ridding the city of its latest scourge. "A dangerous drug epidemic has users of 'Slo-Mo' experiencing reality at a fraction of its normal speed.
"Dredd is assigned to train and evaluate 'Cassandra Anderson' (Thirlby), a rookie with powerful psychic abilities thanks to a genetic mutation. 
"When a nasty crime calls them to a neighborhood where fellow Judges rarely dare to venture, they find a 200 story vertical slum controlled by prostitute turned drug lord 'Ma-Ma' (Headey) and her ruthless clan. 
"When they capture one of the clan's inner circle, Ma-Ma overtakes the compound's control center and wages a war against the Judges, stopping at nothing to protect her empire..."
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.
Inspired by Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry", Dredd is a uniformed judge, combining powers of police, judge, jury and executioner.
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 '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 "Dredd"...