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Watch: Producer Adi Shankar Explains What Needs To Happen For A ‘Dredd’ Sequel To Get Made

Watch: Producer Adi Shankar Explains What Needs To Happen For A 'Dredd' Sequel To Get Made

“The stuff surrounding ‘Dredd‘ is all to do with realpolitik and the hard realities of filmmaking, and it’s very difficult making a case for ‘Dredd’ in reality because the first film didn’t work, right? And then the second film didn’t work, I would say, in different ways than the first film didn’t work [laughs]. But it manifestly didn’t work as a theatrical release, particularly in America, or in fact anywhere outside of the UK,” screenwriter Alex Garland told SciFiNow in December, discussing the possibility of a “Dredd” sequel. “And that makes it a hard argument.”

“DVD sales are all very well but you are still talking to people about them handing over a lot of money for a film that’s happened twice and has not worked in their terms either time,” he continued. “What I suspect about ‘Dredd,’ which is obviously no more meaningful than what the next guy thinks about Dredd, is that the character has too many positives to be abandoned forever, but someone else at some future point will restart it, and have another crack. So in other words what our relationship was with the previous film, someone else will have with our film, but it will be a different group of people at a different point in time, that’s what I suspect will happen.” However, producer Adi Shankar things the right mix of ingredients could make it happen.

Taking a break from making unauthorized bootleg fan movies that get yanked off the internet, Shankar explains the ins and outs of movie financing, and how “Dredd 2” could theoretically get made. Essentially, it boils down to convincing the distributors around the world to bank on the sequel to make up for that lost money the first time around, and encouraging them to invest by: lowering the budget, getting a bigger name than Pete Travis behind the camera, and pairing up Karl Urban with a bigger star. Basically, don’t hold your breath, but that said, nothing is impossible and with the international box office more important than ever, who knows, maybe somehow the formula of money and logistics could be figured out. I doubt it, but see what Shankar has to say below.

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