Karl Urban Promises A Darker Judge Dredd

By Will LeBlanc 2010-09-18 06:13:27discussion comments
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Iíll always have a place in my heart for the now 15-year-old Stallone actioner Judge Dredd. Not only is it the first R-rated film I ever saw in the theater, but Iíve always thought that the dynamic between Stallone and co-star Rob Schneider was hilarious. Donít crucify me though--I fully recognize that the movie is garbage in most respects, but I find a lot to love in it.

That said, I couldnít be more psyched for the upcoming redo, simply titled Dredd, starring one of my favorite up-and-comers Karl Urban. The actor recently chatted with Empire from his home in Auckland, NZ and dropped a few (very few) details about their take on the film:
"I think somewhere along the line Stallone's film was a missed opportunity. As soon as he took his helmet off the enigma was blown. Our film is going to be darker in tone, and we've got the benefit of modern filmmaking and technology to help us."


Urban goes on to say that he knows theyíre taking a much darker run at the legendary comic book character this time around, but that he doesnít want to give too much away before they get the thing in the can.

28 Days Later and Sunshine writer Alex Garland wrote the script that, not surprisingly, Urban describes as fantastic, remaining faithful to the books while creating his own story as well.

Urban doesnít give us much to go on here, but it seems like heís genuinely interested in the role heís taken on, which is always a plus. Heís been a major part of some films, most recently Star Trek as well as Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Riddick, but this will be his first starring role beyond the massive box office failure Pathfinder. More on Dredd as casting continues and they near their start date, now ten weeks away.
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