Last year 2000 AD parent company Rebellion announced that a Judge Dredd TV series was in the works, but made sure to emphasise that it was still very early days. All we've heard in the time since is that Karl Urban has been talking with producers on the possibility of returning as the great chin of the law. Now, though, Rebellion revealed some details at San Diego Comic Con.
Before you get excited they didn't tell us anything major, like when or where Mega-City One would debut and who's going to be in it. But it did reveal how far into development the series is, and it's obvious they haven't been sitting around doing nothing for the past 14 months.
First up Rebellion revealed that the series will have an ensemble cast, meaning Dredd isn't all they're going to focus on. Probably not the worst idea in the world, provided they don't include Walter the Wobot as part of that ensemble. He was Jar Jar Binks before Jar Jar Binks spawned from George Lucas's nightmarish imagination.
Rebellion also confirmed the pilot episode has already been written, with 2000AD and Judge Dredd writer Rob Williams as the creative lead. Williams has also been working with a team of writers to plot out Mega-City One's first few years - assuming it gets picked up by a network that won't cancel it after five minutes of airtime.
Rebellion CEO Jason Kingsley said in a statement:
“I’ve read the pilot script by Rob and the team, and got that same thrill I did when I first discovered Judge Dredd. As we drive this project forward I’m always surprised by how much effort goes on behind-the-scenes to bring something like Mega-City One to the screen. I’m very pleased with how the whole project is coming together and looking forward to more exciting announcements in the coming months.”
With a pilot script it seems like production is coming along nicely, and it shouldn't be long before we start hearing about potential broadcasters and casting news. It might take a little while for a full series to make it to TV, especially if Mega-City One ends up with an American-style 21+ episodes-a-year format. So we're just going to have to be patient. If we're lucky it may arrive by the end of next year. [The Hollywood Reporter]