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Fans of of the 2012 film Dredd got some very good news earlier this year with the reveal that the character would be coming to television. The movie was a critical hit and remains beloved by fans, but it wasn't quite enough of a box office success to earn a sequel on the big screen. Of course, the news of the TV show didn't mean that we'd be getting a small screen sequel to Dredd or that star Karl Urban would reprise the role, but we could hope. Now, we have reason to be encouraged. Karl Urban has revealed that he'll probably be back as Judge Dredd in the new series, saying this:
I am in discussions with them about that. I told them that if they write the material and give Dredd something to do and give him a function, I will be there. I would love to.
Karl Urban revealed that he is in talks to put on the helmet of Judge Dredd once more in an appearance at the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention, according to ComicBook.com, and it gives Dredd fans even more of a reason to get excited about Judge Dredd: Mega-City One. While the show was always going to revisit the world that was built in the movie, it was described as an ensemble series rather than one that would center around one particular judge. If Karl Urban does sign on to return as Dredd, we can bet that there will be a star of Mega-City One, and he'll be a very familiar face. Even if we don't get the series for a while, it already sounds like it could be great.
It's actually not too shocking that Karl Urban is in talks to play Judge Dredd on the small screen. Even if he's best known nowadays for his roles in the Star Trek films, he's no stranger to television. He headlined his own (unfortunately short-lived) series on Fox, and a follow-up to Dredd is definitely something that would appeal to him, based on what he's said in the past.
Karl Urban has spoken publicly about his desire for a second installment in a Dredd film franchise or a TV project. He clearly feels strongly about all things to do with Judge Dredd. Urban went so far as to say that such a story needs to be told even if he's not the star. Of course, he's also shown enthusiasm about donning the helmet once more, pitching Netflix and Amazon as potential homes for a TV series. If the details can be worked out, we can hopefully count on Urban back as Dredd again.