It's been a while since 2000AD and Rebellion announced that it was working on a Judge Dredd TV series, titled Mega City One, and we haven't heard a huge amount about the series since. The one constant source of information, however, is Karl Urban, who has been talking with producers about the possibility of reprising his role from the 2012 movie. He's still been quite distant about whether he will return, but now he has revealed exactly what role Dredd will play in the series.
Speaking to TrekMovie about many things Star Trek, including the upcoming fourth movie and the separate Tarantino film that was announced last year, Urban revealed some key points about the direction of Mega City One. Or at least early ideas producers have offered up to try and bring him back into the fold:
Their idea for Mega-City One is was basically to build the show around more rookie judges and young, new judges and Dredd would come in and out and I said that I’ll do it, but it has to be done in a meaningful way. I can’t just come on and grunt and pull faces, there has to be a story there for him. There has to be a kind of little arc and a story we are trying to tell. So, we will see what they do.
So basically Dredd will be a recurring character and potentially a looming presence throughout the series, but won't be the main focus of the show. It sounds a bit like Bradley Cooper's role in the Limitless TV series, Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the first season of Supernatural, or possibly Nick Fury in the first season of Agents of SHIELD.
As for the prospect of him returning, Urban said:
I’m not attached to it, although I did have a preliminary round of conversations with them. I am interested in doing it. There are a lot of great stories to tell there. It is up to them. I don’t know really where they are in the stages of development. If I get the opportunity, great, otherwise some else will do it, and we can all see some more Judge Dredd. I did read the comics when I was a kid, as I teenager I read Judge Dredd a lot.
Ever since Urban was cast as one of the leads in Amazon's adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys, it became pretty obvious that he wouldn't have time in his schedule to play a starring role in Mega City One. But if Dredd isn't going to be a constant presence in the show, maybe there's room to bring him back and do things properly. But naturally we're going to have to wait and see.
Mega City One is still in development, and we don't have any information about when or where it will be broadcast. The earliest it could possibly be is this time next year, but don't be surprised if it takes longer than that. [TrekMovie via CBR]