Okay – so last year I went off to see Dredd 3D and loved it. Unlike the 1995 Judge Dredd this was a movie for the fans. The only criticism a true believer could really make was that the uniform was different, the lawmasters not quite the same and the lawgivers not the same as the comic version. On the other hand, South Africans would have recognised the vans used in the movie that the SA Police use (something like a covered ute). I rewatched the movie over the weekend and loved it again.
The problem being that it was a movie for the fans and the character (I think) being relatively unknown meant that the movie was a financial flop.
There is, however, a sliver of hope for a sequel.
[Karl] Urban went on to say that despite an underwhelming box office take that had seemed to kill any chance of a sequel, the DVD sales have continued to impress – and Lionsgate has taken notice.
Urban’s comments are well short of the encouragement that fans no doubt hope for, but his vocal support of the claim that Lionsgate’s marketing is to blame for the film’s struggle (producer Adi Shankar admitted its title of Dredd 3D made it sound like a gimmick) is a good sign. Until now, fans of the film could only hope that Dredd‘s home video sales would send a message to the studio, and Urban implies they’ve heard it loud and clear.
So here is hoping that if a sequel is made it is the same style of gritty movie that will appeal to the true believers.