Karl Urban has been vocal about his desire to bring Dredd back. The Star Trek star has followed and supported fans who have campaigned to develop a sequel. He has also gone on record stating he would want to be a part of another film if it were to be created. It doesn’t even have to be on the big screen. Urban is will to have a show streamed on popular services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
The way the 2012 film was marketed is something of a sore subject for the actor. While it had disappointing numbers in theaters, Urban has pointed out that the film wound up being the top-selling DVD the week it was released.
“Alex Garland has gone on record to say that Dredd was a failure. I disagree. The movie itself was not a failure, in fact it was a critical success, it just failed to perform at the box office,” the actor explained. “How does a movie with a 78% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes fail? Through zero audience awareness. Nobody knew the movie was being released. Dredd represents a failure in marketing, not filmmaking. Dredd sold 750,000 units, in North America, the first week it went on on DVD, which earned it a lot of money and the number one slot. Proof that the audience, once they became aware, wanted to see it.”
Not to come across as harsh or blaming, the actor gave better clarification regarding his thoughts on a reprise.
“The unfortunate theatrical release of Dredd and the manner in which it was mishandled made it problematic for Dredd 2 to be immediately funded and produced in the same fashion,” he added. “But the success it has achieved in all post-theatrical mediums has definitely strengthened the argument in favor of a sequel. But it’s not an easy sell. I’m constantly blown away by the fan support and love for Dredd.”
Today, as captured in the above photo on Twitter, Karl showed up at the headquarters of 2000 AD and met up with Jason Kingsley, co-founder and CEO of BritSoft developer Rebellion which purchased 2000 AD in the year 2000. This has got the internet buzzing because 2000 AD published Judge Dredd Megazine and the meeting could be an indicator that the two parties have a shared desire to see Dredd back in action.