In the era of the internet, nothing really dies. A TV show that was swiftly cancelled, or a movie that did less than blockbuster numbers might disappear in the short term, but if it appears to have enough of a niche, cult audience that shout loud enough, it’s entirely possible that it’ll come back. It’s why we’ve seen revivals of “Firefly,” “Veronica Mars,” “Arrested Development” and similar shows, and it’s why movies as different as “Anchorman” and “John Wick” got sequels.
So despite “Dredd,” the 2012 adaptation of the classic 2000AD comic character Judge Dredd, tanking hard at the box office on its release, fans have never quite given up hope that there’d be further installments of the fascistic, helmeted future cop on screen. Among them, actor Karl Urban, who’s just suggested another possible route on Twitter.
The “Lord Of The Rings” star, who’ll be seen in both “Star Trek Beyond” and “Pete’s Dragon” this summer, was generally agreed to be a great version of Dredd (or at least better than Sylvester Stallone’s take), and has understandably been a big boost for sequel talk. And as Forbes spotted, Urban tweeted late last week the below, suggesting a future on Netflix or Amazon for the character.
There’s little to suggest that there’s any actual forward motion, although Urban has in part suggested that strong DVD sales meant that there was interest in a follow-up (Alex Garland, who penned the original, has more recently said it was unlikely). The idea of a Netflix or Amazon route, either as a movie or as a series, is an intriguing one, as it’s the kind of splashy deal that the companies rely on to attract subscribers.
That said, what “Dredd” seemed to suggest is that the fanbase for the character sadly isn’t an enormous one, and the streaming services might decide that it simply isn’t worth spending the cash. But if you want to let them know that you would be keen to see more of Urban as Dredd, 2000AD have a petition up for you to register your interest. [Forbes]