Looks Like Judgement is in on the ‘Dredd’ Sequel

by: S. Scott Stanikmas

And my day just got a little sadder.

The folks at Latino Review have word from Alex Garland, producer and screenwriter of the awesome Karl Urban Dredd, that any idea for a sequel is now dead in the water.

“There isn’t, as far as I can tell, going to be a Dredd sequel. The basic mechanics of film financing say that if you make a film that loses a ton of money, you’re not going to get a sequel. And that’s basically what happened.”

That quote came from Garland on March 18, 2015 (Which is now a day that a little piece of hope inside of me died).

Essentially the film, which was a reboot of the horrendous 1995 Sylvester Stallone box-office bomb, didn’t make enough cash. Despite the outpouring of fan support, the film only grossed $35 million at the box office when it cost around $50 million to make. That doesn’t add up to a sequel in the studio’s eyes.

And that’s a shame. The film managed to make people forget about Stallone’s clunker and stayed true to the spirit of the original comics.

Garland said he was appreciative of the support that the fans have given the film, some even going so far as to but multiple copies of the home release in hopes of swaying the powers-that-be into giving us a continuation.

“And I understand and appreciate the support the film has had, and the campaigns that have existed for it, and it’s really genuinely gratifying — I love it in all respects except one, which is when I hear about people buying copies of the DVD in order to boost sales and to change the figures. And what I want to say to them is, “Don’t do that. Keep your money.” Because the people that are making the decisions are much colder and harder than that. And the graphs they’re looking at are not really going to be sufficiently dented by that.

So the support for the film is truly appreciated. But if there is going to be a sequel, it’s not going to be me and the team of people who worked on the previous film, it’s going to be another bunch of people. And good luck to them, and I hope it happens. I really do. I hope they do a better job than we did.”

I really liked Dredd. I thought it was violent and fun just all around great. It’s just too bad we won’t get to see Karl Urban don the helmet one more time.