Friday 23 February 2018

Could Dredd be reborn on Netflix?

Daniel Anderson

Dredd star Karl Urban has been talking about the possibility of the character being reborn on a streaming video service

Back in 2012, Dredd exploded into cinemas. It was grim and gritty and great, and picked up brilliant reviews and enthusiastic audience response.

Then it bombed, making just over $40 million on a $45 million budget.

It's still not really clear how this happened - was it just too violence? Could the 2000AD character not translate to American audiences? Or were mainstream audiences just put off by the style and the gunplay?

We may never know but the result was no real chance of a sequel, which is a real shame for action fans everywhere. For the last four years, there has been a campaign to bring it back which was all wishful thinking for a property with no proven box office record, and star Karl Urban has been frequently lobbying for a return. And now he's back, with a new call to action.

— Karl Urban (@KarlUrban) April 21, 2016

He's calling out to video streaming services Netflix and Amazon to take a look at the property and potentially bring it back to a smaller screen. That sounds like a great idea in a lot of ways, giving the story more time to spool out and taking advantage of the success of darker, comic book stories like Daredevil and Jessica Jones.

That said, it's easy for a Kiwi actor to just tweet something, and much harder to see it happening in real life. Building a world like Mega-City One with the level of quality that's required would be a serious ask, even for someone like Netflix, and it would cost even more to have Urban back in the role. Given how little cash the most recent film made, that doesn't sound like a great gamble right now.

Still we'd love to be proven wrong, and with risk-taking shows like Sense8 on Netflix and sci-fi worlds like The Man in the High Castle on Amazon maybe now is the time.

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