JUDGE DREDD Creator Gives Seal Of Approval To The New Film

John Wagner creator of Judge Dredd is apparently pleased with how the film adaptation turned out. "This is Dredd as it should be done - true to character, visceral, unrelentingly violent."

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By Mark Julian - 5/25/2012

Everyone associated with the Judge Dredd project thus far has been touting the films authenticity as a true adaptation of the comic book. But what does Wagner have to say about DNA Films take on the UK's biggest comic book character---
I went up to London yesterday to see the completed Dredd film. I've had reservations about certain aspects of it, and made them plain to the team at DNA. All but one of them - a little quibble at the beginning - have been addressed. And what a lot they've added. Music is on the button. SFX are excellent. Filming is impressive. I've not seen a modern 3-D movie before but I like it. I found myself reaching out trying to touch things that were dancing before my eyes. Karl is a great Dredd and Olivia gets Anderson completely. This is Dredd as it should be done - true to character, visceral, unrelentingly violent (but not off-puttingly so). It will open, I believe, sometime in September. No doubt you'll let me know what you think when you've seen it, but this has my recommendation.

Sounds promising but like so many others, I'm a little concerned we have yet to see a trailer and the film seemingly still has a September release date. It wouldn't surprise me if Dredd was the next film to be bumped to 2013.



Running Time: Unknown
Release Date: 21 September 2012 (USA))
MPAA Rating: Unknown
Starring: Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey
Directed by: Pete Travis
Written by: Carlos Ezquerra (characters), Alex Garland (screenplay), John Wagner (characters)


Source: John Wagner
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Hellsing - 5/25/2012, 11:33 AM
well thats nice, so can you know see a trailer of some sort soon please
Hellsing - 5/25/2012, 11:33 AM
*can we
MrChuff - 5/25/2012, 11:34 AM
I was trying to find somewhere to post this.
When the co-creator of Judge Dredd says this then maybe it will finally put that Stallone cluster[frick] to rest...
It's gotta be a good film, right?

Right.............?
ImnotDaredevil - 5/25/2012, 11:45 AM
Trailer would be good. Please:)
jazzman - 5/25/2012, 11:46 AM
ok sounds good but we need a f**king trailer
INSTANTJUSTICE - 5/25/2012, 12:02 PM
Dredd won't be moved to next year, there's no reason for it to. GI JOE was moved because all test screeenings said it is pooh.

The Dredd trailer is rumoured to run with Prometheus since they're both R-rated.
nhalden - 5/25/2012, 12:07 PM
I know the helmet is iconic and in the comic it's cool and all but live action it's hard to take seriously.
Gmoney84 - 5/25/2012, 12:08 PM
Did someone really say the G.I. Joe movie sucked? I hadn't heard that.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 5/25/2012, 12:13 PM
Yes you're wrong, all Judge uniforms are the same.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 5/25/2012, 12:15 PM
"Did someone really say the G.I. Joe movie sucked? I hadn't heard that."-Gmoney84


Some test reviewers said it was a mess, and were given questionnaires containing questions like: "do you think the film would benefit from more Channing Tatum?"
Nubase - 5/25/2012, 12:15 PM
if he is happy with the movie then no one views on this movie counts before it is released
Greengo - 5/25/2012, 12:16 PM
Try the right cross fakie and Dredd will blow your brains out!
nonserviam03 - 5/25/2012, 12:26 PM
excellent
Shaman - 5/25/2012, 12:48 PM
Trailer or no cash.
Boogie138 - 5/25/2012, 12:56 PM
trailer or no i am getting very pumped for this! a creator had opinons on the handling of the source material and filmakers listened? wow!
INSTANTJUSTICE - 5/25/2012, 1:08 PM
John Wagner is a consultant producer on the film.

He also told director Danny Cannon on the set of the '95 Stallone film that the script was crap and the wrong story for Dredd.



He's honest.
JasonCYates - 5/25/2012, 2:36 PM
I'm likin what I'm hearin more and more:) I heard the film was screened at a festival or convention where the AC was busted and people still stayed to watch the film cause they dug it enuff to sweat it out:)
mikebunt - 5/25/2012, 2:37 PM
The Judges suits differ depending on rank, but yeah, they're pretty much the same.

Can't wait for this movie. Dunno if it'll make a lot, what with the lack of adverting, but sounds like it's gonna be awesome!
Bandrews1 - 5/25/2012, 3:12 PM
I'm starting to think that they might bump the release date to 2013 as well.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 5/25/2012, 3:25 PM
They won't, there's no reason to. GI Joe has a reason: it's shite. What Paramount did with GI JOE is unprecedented, no studio has ever pulled a finished film one month from release with all its ancillary tie-ins and toy deals.

Why would DNA/IM Global do so for Dredd? It's released in September when there's no other competition in its genre, it's also not a big budget film so it won't be competing for the same box-office as GI JOE or any of the other big-budget studio films.

Dredd is an indie.
MrChuff - 5/25/2012, 4:22 PM
INSTANTJUSTICE I read that G.I. Joe was being pulled for re-shoots, a needless 3D post-conversion and they're desperately trying to get JGL to appear (he was in the first one apparently)

I have high hopes for Dredd after reading the screenplay last year and now reading Wagner's comments. My only question is - if this Dredd does well will they bring in Judge Death or keep it more "reality" based?
GUNSMITH - 5/25/2012, 4:28 PM
CURIOSITY PEAKED, IF THE CREATOR GIVES IT A RECOMENDATION I'M IN...BUT DAMMIT WHERES THE TRAILER? MAYBE THEYRE PLAYING IT SMART, NOT GIVING IT AWAY TOO SOON, SOME MOVIES GIVE ALOT AWAY BEFORE IT COMES OUT, THIS COULD BE HUGE.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 5/25/2012, 4:53 PM
@MrChuff



That's the corporate line, the people who saw test screenings of GIJII tell a different story. If the film was ok they wouldn't pull it a month from release and plan extensive reshoots and release it 9 months later. They'd delay it till October/November if things were ok, they obvoiusly are not.


Dredd isn't that 'reality' based, there's a main character with psychic powers.
gaikinger - 5/25/2012, 5:18 PM
T>R>A>I>L>E>R>>>>>>>>>
pro346 - 5/25/2012, 5:56 PM
Gi Joe was pulled because tdkr and Spiderman would of swamped it! Just like the avengers did.
dreddhead123 - 5/25/2012, 6:04 PM
It's been claimed - so who knows how accurate it is - the Dredd trailer is attached to Prometheus. Prometheus opens next Friday (in Europe) and a week later in the US.

We could be a week away from an actual trailer. I was starting to think this film didn't actually exist. :P
KeithM - 5/25/2012, 9:53 PM
@dreddhead: You mean you posted all that stuff, all those troll posts, on all those forums, getting yourself banned from most of them, for a film you didn't even think existed?

Or was that an attempt at wit? No wonder your Dredd script was rejected.

I'm sure you're absolutely salivating at the prospect of dissecting every frame and posting your every negative thought about it and how you could have done it so much better.

I can't wait.
jimoakley666 - 5/25/2012, 11:06 PM
To all the people wanting to see trailers a while ago, let me point out a LOT of people on here who are already sick and tired of Prometheus and TDKR. I'm not one of them, but you CAN dangle the carrot a bit too long and become a prick tease.
Danbojohnj - 5/26/2012, 12:45 AM
Just over 3 months and counting,the trailer and hype machine will kick off in 3...2...
dreddhead123 - 5/26/2012, 3:25 AM
This film is already going to disappoint. John Wagner mentioned this on his Facebook page - a fact NOT MENTIONED BY THE CBM newsreporter:

"The quibble: use of modern day vehicles in a futuristic setting. Given the budget constraints it is hard to see what they could do to avoid it. It's no big deal, really. It's over quickly and once you're past that it's full steam ahead into Dreddworld. If this film does well we can expect the budget on the next to increase, therefore more money for such SFX. And just consider, on a budget effectively less than a fifth of the Stallone piece they've managed to make a movie far more representative of the character and strip we all know and love."

Yep, no futuristic vehicles in Dredd. Just cheap looking 20th century ones - and rather grimy looking at that! This film has already failed to be faithful to the source material. If the Judge Minty film can feature futuristic vehicles - the lawmaster looks identical to the 2000AD JD strip, why can't a 45 million dollars film?
INSTANTJUSTICE - 5/26/2012, 3:31 AM
John Wagner also said this:


"Re the vehicles: a point was made, valid to a large extent, that in a society like Mega-City One where most of the citizens are impoverished, retread vehicles would be the norm."

"And just consider, on a budget effectively less than a fifth of the Stallone piece they've managed to make a movie far more representative of the character and strip we all know and love."



Wagner is being more than positive about this film, don't try to spin his words to represent your own bias against this film, dreddhead123, it's pathetic.
dreddhead123 - 5/26/2012, 3:45 AM
Look, a lot of the stuff about this film WOULDN'T be happening if DNA/IM Global/Reliance/Lionsgate had RELEASED A TEASER TRAILER in late March or mid April.

The producers have asked for a measure of criticism or self-doubt because they've starved this film of decent promotion. For the record - there are no released photos showing the scale of the city, the scale of Peach Trees block. Just imagine if they had released, let's say, one or two photos of MC-1 and they looked impressive, that would be a great way to market the film.

But we never got that.

They've asked for criticism. John Wagner does not say this is Mega-City 1. The executive producer Stuart Ford said it's Dirty Harry meets District 9. Wagner has said the cars are regular looking. Now it's not that hard to make an ASSUMPTION and assume the city looks fairly regular too. But if they actually release a trailer we can know for sure.

Judge Dredd is high-concept sci-fi so there is a big risk downscaling the vision to suit the moderate budget. Rebellion didn't have to give the film rights to DNA Films - they could have held on in the hope they could find people with bigger money pockets. A 45 million dollars Judge Dredd film may not work. This is why it's imperative some trailer is forthcoming. Let fans and film-goers make a fair assessment of the trailer, the look and scale of the city, the bike, the uniforms, the acting.

If I like what I see I will say so. If I don't like what I see I will say so. John Wagner - comic legend though he is - his words are not enough to convince me. It's time for a trailer and *we* can make up our own minds. :)
INSTANTJUSTICE - 5/26/2012, 3:54 AM
In case you're just being wilfully ignorant Wagner clearly stated:

I've had reservations about certain aspects of it, and made them plain to the team at DNA. All but one of them - a little quibble at the beginning - have been addressed. And what a lot they've added. Music is on the button. SFX are excellent. Filming is impressive.


Now go away, you silly man.
dreddhead123 - 5/26/2012, 3:57 AM
If anyone wants to go into the film business, in particular film marketing, don't follow Dredd's example. Had DNA/IM Global released one or two photos of an impressive looking Mega-City 1 they could have preempted a lot of people's moaning.

They messed up the delivery of this film big-time. This film is small budget, it's not on The Avengers scale. A few decent screenshots - and not one showing a dirty tatty wall and leaked on a Karl Urban fansite (!):




would have done so much for this film. Photos like the one above DO NOT SELL this film as high concept sci-fi. They goofed on the marketing. If any film needed some decent sci-fi looking screenshots it was this film. THERE HAS BEEN NONE.

Anyway, we can't change what happened. Perhaps the people responsible for making this film will have learned a few things about how their film was coming across on the internet. The positive thing is the trailer could be a few short weeks or days away, a poster should be out very soon. If the claim about Prometheus is correct, the trailer could be here in less than a week. :)
dreddhead123 - 5/26/2012, 4:09 AM
Another photo that does not convey the look of MC-1:



Looks like a empty room with a cushion and a waste bin on the right! LOL In what way does that image convey anything remotely MC-1? I don't see it. Sure, perhaps it's a perp's room so it's not going to look shiny and futuristic but it doesn't look like anything other than a room with cheap dressing. I'm sure anyone with a garage could come up with the same sort of look.

This is the sort of stuff that has damaged the credibility of the film. Photos that don't look that inspiring and *non-contextual*. In other words, they don't look part of Dredd's world. One or two great shots of MC-1 or Peach Trees Block and people will be saying "woah, this looks great!" We never got that.

The people making this film don't understand the power and importance of decent looking screenshots. You can't just stick a photo of a woman shooting a guy in some sparse looking room and expect people to think "wow - that is so MC-1 looking!" It's not going to happen. But they may think "wow, this is hardcore violence" and that could be be the one plus point in suggesting this film is going to be very violent and gritty.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 5/26/2012, 5:37 AM
Ahem….


John Wagner states:


"I thought they made a pretty good job of bringing over Mega-City One. "


http://www.facebook.com/john.wagner.520125



I know you want this film to die with all your heart "dreddhead123/SCOJO" but you're simply not capable of doing that all by yourself.
KeithM - 5/26/2012, 6:58 AM
@dreddhead: Your script was terrible. Get over it.

You have nothing to say about this film that you haven't been saying since it was announced. You've tried to put words in Wagner's mouth, even when his ACTUAL words contradict you. You've even accused other people of BEING John Wagner.

You are a joke. Nobody takes you seriously. We laugh at you.

Just do what InstantJustice said and GO AWAY. Please. With sugar on top. GTFO.
KeithM - 5/26/2012, 7:07 AM
And for the record the way this film is "coming across on the internet" is, I would describe as "eager anticipation" or, at worst "curious as to how it will differ from the Stallone version".

The almost lone voice of dissent and relentless negativity is from you - the guy who carries the butthurt from having his dreadful (ha) Dredd script rejected around with him like an albatross around his neck.

You are transparent. You are biased. You are horrible.

Please GTFO.
KeithM - 5/26/2012, 7:25 AM
I'll tell you one positive thing you've done dreddhead - you've essentially sold me on the film. I'm not a big fan of Dredd, and I probably would have given this a miss at the cinema and picked it up on DVD/Blu Ray later, but now I'm buying a ticket.

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. All you've done over your months of trolling on various sites is bolster support for the film. You haven't turned a single person off it, I would wager (based on the replies to your posts on these various sites), but many more have come to defend the filmmaker's choices in opposition to you.

Despite your best efforts to rubbish the film, all you've really done is to promote it. After all, one only has to read a post or two of yours to see that you're irrationally biased against the film, and quite possibly insane, so it only makes sense to take the opposite stance to whatever you say.

DNA films should be thanking you.
INSTANTJUSTICE - 5/26/2012, 7:47 AM
Interesting.
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