Danny Cannon’s Judge Dredd, with Sylvester Stallone as a futuristic weapon of justice, falls into that category of graphic-novel adaptations that stumbled on the journey from page to screen. (Two words: Rob. Schneider.) The film took liberties with John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's gritty character, and the film… well, it didn’t work. Hollywood’s getting a do-over when it comes to Judge Dredd, however, and Wagner opened up to the L.A. Times on why this new version, simply called Dredd, should be better.
Wagner has nice things to say about Stallone as Dredd (though the revealing-the-face thing is a real bone of contention). He also says that he admires the budget that Cannon had back in 1995, though the money often was spent on characters ad robots that weren’t part of Dredd’s world.
Pete Travis (Vantage Point, Endgame) helms this new iteration of Judge Dredd, and he appears to have the blessing of the long-running Dredd creative team. Without question, this is a character and a world that could use a revision, though we’ll have to wait until Sept. 21 to see what they’ve come with.
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