Now that Dredd 3D‘s been spectacularly, blood-spatteringly rebooted and is generally being deemed a success (check it out for yourselves), screenwriter/producer Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) is already talking about getting his teeth stuck into a sequel, and is keen on focusing more upon the fascistic side of Judging. Read on for more.
Although no sequel has yet been confirmed by the studio, it hasn’t stopped Garland from bringing up a few ideas as to what direction it could take. Here’s what he had to say, according to Total Film (via Screen Rant):
“From my point of view, the politics is a lot of what I want to get into. There’s a lot of stuff that’s implied in the first film that you could really explore a lot more of in the second. Dredd is part of a police state. He’s a fascist…The subversives are sometimes the enemy in the comic books – there’s something really interesting about pro-democracy terrorists…I would like to explore that.”
Well, it’s definitely an interesting perspective from Garland, although if a sequel is confirmed we could probably still expect there to be plenty of bodies and gore in the sequel to the gritty, heavy and action-packed Dredd.
Garland also stated that if he was involved in a second movie, or even a trilogy, he might want to bring in the characters of Fargo, Giant, Angel Gang and a version of Satanus. For a trilogy, he added, he would also like to include Cal and the Dark Judges… kind of opening up a whole Dredd world onto our screens. He also mentioned he thought “Chopper would start and end the story” and Anderson, the psychic rookie from the first film would be in all three.
At least Garland already has some concrete ideas, instead of the usual, sometimes wishy-washy “the same, but darker…” sequel pattern.
Have you seen Dredd 3D yet? What do you think about a sequel?