Over two years ago we heard about a brand new Judge Dredd film which we heard last September was set to be written by Alex Garland, who's responsible for writing Danny Boyle's Sunshine and the screenplay for the adaptation of the video game Halo which just can't seem to get off the ground. Well, more information has come to light as Deadline reports the film has just gained some financing in a big pre-sale at the Cannes Film Festival where it was revealed that Pete Travis (Vantage Point) would be directing a 3D adaptation of the comic book, which is poised to distance itself from the repugnant Sylvester Stallone attempt from 1995.
One thing that Stallone got right in his adaptation is that Judge Dredd really is the law in a future where law enforcement officers are given the power to act as judge, jury and executioner to dish out justice. This isn't a huge budget film (only about $50 million from non-Hollywood investors), but Fox let it slip away, so we'll find out if they'll be kicking themselves in the asses down the road once the project starts picking up steam. Maybe Andrew Macdonald's DNA Films deal with India-based Reliance Big Entertainment & IM Global will mean more creative freedom for a more loyal adaptation of the comic. Stay tuned as this project develops!
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