Screenwriter Alex Garland (28 DAYS LATER, SUNSHINE, NEVER LET ME GO) has revealed to Bleeding Cool the upcoming Judge Dredd adaptation DREDD is the first part of a proposed trilogy and that the first film need only clear 50mil at the US box office to warrant sequels being made.
Here’s Garland’s exact quote:
“We’ll see a sequel if the gross is above $50 million in the US. It’s a simple financial equation. We’re an independent movie… In terms of Dark Judges, I wrote Death into this script, but it didn’t feel right for the first film. I thought it felt right but after about 16 drafts and it really didn’t work out.
I needed to have set up the city and Dredd first before taking on what is essentially a riff on the Judges. You need to know what the Judges are before you can subvert them. I wrote a second script which was about Dredd going out to the Cursed Earth. That was rejected for similar reasons.
If they want to make sequels, I’ve got a story that goes from this one into the origins of Dredd and the city. Then the third one has would have a strange, existential attack from the Dark Judges.”
Sounds cool …but let’s just hope this isn’t Garland baiting Dredd fans to get the grosses up. Too many times have fanboys been burned by empty promises of sequels that would explore the deeper mythologies of our favorite characters.
Here’s the DREDD trailer that hit the web a couple weeks back:
And just for sh*ts and giggles, here’s the entire 1995 film version of JUDGE DREDD starring Sylvester Stallone. Most people seem to hate this flick but I love it. Definitely a fun way to waste a couple of hours.