The 1995 big screen adaptation of Judge Dredd was a forgettable action flick that somehow left a scar on my childhood. It starred Sylvester Stallone as the title character, and was directed by Danny Cannon. Fourteen years after the initial assault was made on theaters, a remake of the film is on the horizon. According to Empire, British writer Alex Garland is currently writing a draft for the upcoming film’s screenplay.
The idea of someone taking on this material may come as a shock, but Alex Garland has some credibility. He penned the screenplays for 28 Days Later and Sunshine. As you can see he’s worked under the creative umbrella of Oscar winning director Danny Boyle for a while, so he can’t be that bad. Boyle’s very own DNA Films will overlook the development of the script, so it appears to be in good hands.
Judge Dredd has been greenlit for production since last year, and this is the first legitimate move that’s been made during that time. The biggest hurdle in this film’s way is the image of Sylvester Stallone as the main character. Similar to what happened with Batman, they’ll have to take a step back and embrace the flaws of the past so something new can be created for the future. If they can find an equally talented director to take on this version of Dredd there might be hope for the movie after all.
What do you think about Alex Garland taking on Judge Dredd?