IM Global and British video game developer and publisher Rebellion have struck a deal to bring the character of Judge Dredd to the small screen, according to an exclusive report by EW.
The TV show will be called ‘Judge Dredd: Mega City One’ and will feature an ensemble cast of Judges – futuristic law enforcement officers authorized to be judge, jury and executioner – as they deal with the challenges of a 22nd century crime-ridden megalopolis.
The character of Judge Dredd was created by writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra, and first appeared in the second issue of 2000 AD (1977), a weekly science-fiction anthology comic. He is the magazine’s longest-running character. Rebellion acquired 2000 AD in 2000.
Judge Dredd has had two live-action adaptations on the big screen. Sylvester Stallone played the titular character in 1995’s Judge Dredd, which was commercially successful but critically panned. In 2012, Karl Urban played the role in Dredd, which was a commercial disappointment, but was well received by fans and critics and has a cult following.
Attached as executive producers of ‘Judge Dredd: Mega City One’ are IM Global Television president Mark Stern (‘Battlestar Galactica’, ‘Helix’, and ‘Defiance’) IM Global Television CEO Stuart Ford; and the owners of Rebellion, Jason and Chris Kingsley, who along with Ford were also executive producers of the 2012 Dredd film.
“This is one of those seminal sci-fi properties that seems to only become and more relevant with age,” said Stern in a statement. “Not only is it a rich world with biting social commentary, but it’s also fun as hell! As a fan of the comics and both films, it’s a dream come true to be able to work with Jason and Chris in adapting this for television.”
“We’re very excited to be beginning the journey to get more of Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One on the television screen,” said Jason and Chris Kingsley said. “Thanks to the legions of fans who have kept up pressure on social media, and a lot of background work and enthusiasm, we aim to make a big budget production that will satisfy both our vast comics audience and the even greater general screen-watching public.”
The series is currently in early development, with talent to be announced at a later date.