2012’s Dredd has quickly established itself as a new cult hit. Making next to nothing at the box office but receiving positive reviews and a large following since, the team behind the reboot probably thought they’d done enough to will a sequel into production. Executive producer, Adi Shankar, certainly thought so, when he spoke last week with Collider:
“If anyone is still wondering, there’s no update on a Dredd sequel, but I’m gonna make it happen at some point. It may not be live-action, but it’s going to happen at some point. There will be more Judge Dredd at some point”.
Unfortunately, that no longer seems to be the case. Co-owner of the Judge Dredd character, Jason Kingsley, who also helped produce the first film, has now revealed that Shankar has no involvement with any current Judge Dredd projects, nor does a direct sequel look likely at all:
“While we truly do appreciate Adi’s enthusiasm for Judge Dredd, he has no involvement with the franchise and any future cinematic or small screen outings”.
“Claims of him pushing forward a sequel to Dredd are not true and we don’t want fans to get excited only to have their hopes dashed. 2000 AD and Rebellion continue to work hard to bring the future’s greatest lawman back to screens”.
Money talks in Hollywood, in case you didn’t know. Sadly, had the 2012 film been a complete mess but made a solid profit at the box office, we’d likely have seen a sequel rushed into production.
Unfortunately, just the opposite occurred. It seems fans will have to remain content with the 2012 film being the sole experiment towards a hypothetical, rebooted Judge Dredd universe that will never get its feet off the ground.