Back in May 2017, it had been announced that the Judge Dredd TV show, titled Mega-City One, was in the works. The project has been doing development from the time. Now, we’ve a new update courtesy of Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley. Rebellion is the company in control of the rights to the franchise currently. As Kingsley reveals, the show is ready to go, it’s merely a matter of having things together once the world settles back. And, if all computes, they want both Karl Urban and Sylvester Stallone to come back.
Jason Kingsley was recently a guest on V2A Emergency Broadcast System, a YouTube series dedicated to all things post-apocalyptic. During the conversation, the main topic of Mega-City One naturally came up. Kingsley revealed that numerous work has been done on various projects within the franchise, like the long-awaited series. Here’s what he had to say about any of it.
“I want there to be considered a sequel [to 2012 movie Dredd]. We’ve got the rights back so we can get it done, we’ve just got to get rid of this virus thing that’s going on at this time, and then hopefully things can start up in all types of different aspects of making film and TV, it’s just, it’s all very all messed up at the moment for all of us. A lot of work has been done on all sorts of different scripts actually. So Mega-City One the TV show. Basically, we cannot go into production because of the [situation] and offering scripts and everything is ready to go however the problem is, because of the [situation] and everyone’s funding changes and everyone’s shifting around.”
Indeed, the situation available has complicated things. Be that as it can, it sounds as though Rebellion is determined to get some new Judge Dredd projects going. Karl Urban previously starred in Dredd, the 2012 movie directed by Pete Travis. While it failed at the box office at the time, it has since found a loyal audience, with fans calling for a sequel over the years.
Meanwhile, Sylvester Stallone first brought the iconic character from the 2000 AD comics to life in 1995’s Judge Dredd. Though not really a critical hit, it did do more business at the box office, however it suffered from an inflated budget. Jason Kingsley was asked if they want Karl Urban or Olivia Thirlby to appear in the show through the interview. Kingsley then unmasked they also want Stallone to reprise his role.
“Well if we can get people back, you know, we even joked that it would be quite fun to get Stallone back.”
Karl Urban has previously expressed his desire to reunite. As for Sylvester Stallone, it’s hard to say whether or not he’d be interested. As of now, no streaming service or network has signed on for Mega-City One. But Rebellion is in discussions with various suitors that are “quite a long way down the road.” We’ll be certain to keep you posted as further details are created available. You can browse the full interview from the V2A Freak Show TV YouTube channel.