Karl Urban: Filmmakers ‘Working Very, Very Hard’ To Make ‘Dredd 2’ a Reality


Karl Urban continues to keep the faith alive for “Dredd 2.”

In his latest update to fans, the actor said that he’s working tirelessly with the movie’s original screenwriter-producer Alex Garland and DNA Films to make the dream of a sequel a reality.

“I just wanted to say on behalf of everyone involved with the film ‘Dredd,’ from Alex Garland to the DNA boys to myself, we really, really appreciate it and we’re working very, very hard to bring you Dredd 2,” he said after thanking fans for their ongoing support, which includes signing a petition calling for a second movie installment.

Although it grossed less than $36 million worldwide and cost $50 million to make, Urban, who starred in the 2012 comic book movie reboot, recently revealed that there were talks of a second movie after the release of a graphic novel sequel.

The movie found a new audience when it was released on DVD and Blu-ray. It claimed the number one spot on the DVD sell-through and Blu-ray charts last year.

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  1. DaveC says:

    what they should have done is borrowed a bit more and made several in one go like they do with other franchises. it was a good movie but maybe too thoughtful for the action franchise addicts.

  2. Robert della-Spina says:

    It really doesn’t take a genius to work out where to go with this. Dredd 2 needs to follow the Judge Cal story. This would make a high octane film with back to back action. I am sure that the DVD following would replicate itself in the cinema. 2000 AD fans were instrumental in purchasing the DVD, so why not see the film multiple times? It will be interesting if it ever happens.

  3. Dan says:

    Please,,,Please….Please…..Let there be a Dredd 2. I loved this movie!!! Where can I sign the petition for a Dredd 2?

  4. casheliser says:

    Dredd is a great movie and deserves a sequel. What is strange though is that the fan base that’s growing around this film are not necessarily fans of the comic book but fans of the film itself. They get what the movie is which is a nod and a wink to the rawness of those films of old like Dirty Harry, the original Robocop, Escape From New York, Assault On Precinct 13, etc and deep down this growing fan base wants to see more of this world and the characters that dwell in it. This is a film that exists outside it’s own timeline not because it’s set in the future but because in reality it embodies everything that we loved “in those in your face” movies of a time long gone. And that for me makes it a refreshing piece of entertainment in which I would like to see continued.

    • munchy22 says:

      I wish I had the money id easily invest in this. Not only were the public late to see Dredd but I haven’t heard any bad things either, even the reviewers are all praising this film. People just didn’t go to see it for what ever reason, hell give the guy 60 million make it in 3d again and then advertise it with a good20-30 million budget, I guarantee youll make 3-400million, the first dredd from 2012 is now a known film and deeply regarded favorably put that people power with reviewers then yeh you will get a hit. If you keep it to 40 million budget its a guarantee too. I predict if a dread came out in the next 2-3 years no later than, and with strong advertising I could see opening around the 60-70 million dollars in use alone, rest of the world well just watch. I cant believe they don’t see this by now.

  5. paul turner says:

    Your correct the cinema release didn’t get its costs back for this film and you can blame the poor advertising and only being in 3D at the cinema for that. But the DVD sales have been massive.
    Your wrong saying Dredd is not a popular comic In the US. Dredd comics sell out fast.

    The public wants what the public wants

  6. Jack Fairlane says:

    It’s obvious people are delusional about this movie. It won’t get a sequel, it didn’t make enough money. End of story, Judge Dredd isn’t a popular character to America. The movie never mind was a cheap, uninspiring piece of garbage that thought it was cool in the same way some 13 or 15 year old kids do. But anyway, false hope and delusions of grandeur from the peanut gallery of fans who are rabid for another cheapjack movie with Karl Urban growling his lines out like Clint Eastwood.

    • munchy22 says:

      that’s the problem some people cant see just how popular dredd has got and respected bot only by none dredd fans and dredd fan base but also by the internet reviewers and critics, this alone would easily make tha sequel more popular that the first just in ticket sales, I would say any out of the normal box thinker can see this pretty easily. You could use serenity as a example but the difference here is dredd is a know quantity anyway, serenity wasn’t and even though I saw serenity first, Dredd 2 if mad like 1 good then it will make many just don’t wait too long, another 2 years and then its a risk again. I understand you don’t like dreadd but your the first bad comment ive read, personally I loved the film, it was very refreshing.

    • Ash. says:

      Your opinion is clearly in the minority, as Dredd has a rotten tomatoes rating of 78% and has frequently topped many audience appreciation polls. Also, I fail to see what a film’s budget has to do with its quality, that sound like a very shallow assertion to make, I’ve seen mainstream movies with five times the budget of Dredd with far less substance.
      A film doesn’t have to have a budget of $200M and be aimed at the lowest common denominator to have any artistic worth.

  7. Riksa says:

    Liked Dredd. Want more? Then please like the campaign page “Make a DREDD Sequel” on facebook and also, join the official 2000 AD Dredd Sequel campaign, just like Karl wants you to do.

    Remember, Karl Urban is the Law! But he needs our support.

  8. paul turner says:

    Great film. One of the best in a long time.
    FAs a lover of dredd since the 2nd comic 1000% better than that Stallone mess.
    But for the love of god. Stop making these films in 3D and next time advertise the film so the fans know it out there.

  9. Tom Watson says:

    With such a massive online fan base and cult following that pushed the DVD through the roof, how can the money men not see this as a sure fire winner? you wouldn’t even have to advertise it…DREDD sequel NOW.

  10. rodrigo aramayo pizarro says:

    We want Dredd 2 now!

  11. I am the Paw says:

    I suggest people *read* some classic John Wagner Judge Dredd stories (many have been reprinted for North America and Canada) before saying this film is faithful. It’s not.

    There is no such comic book character/title as ‘Dredd’ – it’s Judge Dredd. The film makers couldn’t even be bothered to get the title of the strip right! Jeez.

    I can assure everyone – 2000AD comic’s Judge Dredd is no cut price Die Hard/Raid clone – which Dredd 2012 was. The film makers wasted three decades of Judge Dredd material to come up with their ‘hero stuck in a block’ plot.

    • THGhost says:

      It’s a homage to the name, it doesn’t need to have the full title.
      That’s what its planned sequels are for, stop being so cynical.

    • Ash. says:

      I’ve read Dredd since 1978 and karl Urban’s portrayal is as faithful as one could of hoped for and is indistinguishable from its comic counterpart. Dredd was also written many years before The Raid, so get your facts straight.
      I can only conclude I am the paw, that you are talking stomm!

    • ccs178 says:

      Lighten up, Francis.

      • Daniel says:

        Dredd isn’t a “Raid clone” either. It was well into production by the time The Raid was written. The Raid was technically released first, but borrowed a large part of it’s inspiration from the Dredd screenplay that had by then leaked online.

    • Mr Anderson says:

      I can understand why some people might feel the creators of Dredd were unfaithful to the 2000AD JD (although I disagree) but since you mentioned John Wagner, you might want to consider what the co-creator of Judge Dredd had to say about Dredd.

      “…it’s not a remake: it’s a proper-make. […] The first film really had nothing to do with Judge Dredd, whereas this one is all Dredd.”

      “This is Dredd as it should be done – true to character, visceral, unrelentingly violent (but not off-puttingly so).”

      “The plot is about ‘Dredd’ and his world. It’s impossible to cover every aspect of the character and his city – perhaps that was one of the failings of the first film; they tried to do too much and ended up with not a lot. ‘Dredd’ homes in on the essential job of judging – instant justice in a violent future city.”

  12. Tom Siebert says:

    Put me down as one of the millions who skipped the first one in the theaters but after seeing it on DVD will pay to see a sequel if it’s even 75% as good. One of the best comic book adaptations, really well done.

  13. Ash. says:

    Dredd is one of those very rare things-a film that actually deserves a sequel!
    Let’s hope it comes to fruition!

    • Kenny says:

      Agreed, this movie does deserve the sequel. Love the way Dredd was portrayed by Urban and the way it was shot. Dredd 2 make it so!

  14. therealeverton says:

    Very good film, entertainment, suffered from a poor association with the Stallone abomination. I hope they make another just as good and hopefully it will make the money the first film deserved to

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