The more I see of the upcoming ‘Judge Dredd’ movie, titled simply ‘Dredd’, the more I’m thinking that Hollywood may have actually gotten it right this go ‘round. Just last week, we announced that ‘Dredd’ would indeed be rated R instead of the dreaded PG-13. This got many fans, myself included, a little excited because… really… there’s no way to do Judge Dredd justice with a PG-13 film.
Today, Comic Book Movie provides us with a brief interview with ‘Dredd’ producer Stuart Ford who states that the new version is much close to the UK comic original.
In the interview, Ford said that, “The version of Dredd that we’ve made is, first of all, very authentic to the original comic book or the original 2000AD comic character. It’s gritty, it’s dark, it’s deadpan. We think we’ve made a movie that has a real sort of edginess to it.”
Sounds good so far. Then, when Ford was asked about actor Karl Urban playing in the lead role, he said:
“The key thing on this version of Dredd was to stay loyal to the original character, and Dredd never removes his helmet, and that’s a challenge for an actor, to make that character believable, and interesting,. Karl grew up as a fan of Dredd and absolutely understood what we needed, and when people see the movie they’ll absolutely see he is that Dredd. That dark, complex, unforgiving, but at the same time utterly reliable kickass Dredd character that we’ve been waiting to see in a movie for a long time.”
It does indeed sounds like the new adaptation has some creative minds behind the scenes that care about the character and not just the action. Of course, it’s Dredd so there will be action. As Ford further says, “We think Dredd fans, we think fanboys, we think action fans… [are] going to really respond to the movie.”
Check out the full interview with Ford below:
So what do you think? Does Ford waylay some of your fears surround this new Dredd movie? Does it help wash some of the Stallone crud out of your mind? Comment below and let us know what you think.