‘Judge Dredd: Mega-City One’ Will Utilize Dark Fantasy Tone

Both Judge Dredd movies utilized radically different tones, but the TV show is looking to combine the best of both with elements of dark humor and fantasy.


Ever since Dredd became a cult classic, there’s been renewed interest from faithful comic book fans to see more of the post-apocalyptic world presented by the iconic 2000 A.D. franchise. From the sound of things, it looks like Judge Dredd: Mega-City One will be mixing the darker tone of the second film adaptation with more of the fantasy elements present in the comics.

Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley recently mentioned in a discussion with SFX Magazine that the show is going to encompass a wider range of tones than either Judge Dredd movie:

“Dark fantasy elements are one area that would be great to explore. The show will combine the macabre with the insane and the light-hearted. It’s a big place, after all, with 400 million stories to tell.”

Kingsley also stated that he thinks TV is a better fit for Judge Dredd than the big screen, mostly for narrative reasons:

“Long-form storytelling makes showing Mega-City One and its inhabitants much easier. Trying to fit all of that into a two-hour movie is very hard.”

The question of whether or not Karl Urban would return to play the title character came up, although there wasn’t a clear answer about that. Kingsley mentioned that they know each other well, so fingers crossed.

Judge Dredd: Mega-City One is still expected to be about two years away (possibly a bit less if production moves quickly enough), and it’s yet to be confirmed what network the show will air on.

Source: SFX Magazine (via GamesRadar)