Producer Promises No Karl Urban Face in 'Judge Dredd'

August 16, 2010

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1995's Judge Dredd set the bar so sky high for adaptations of the 2000 AD comic, people have some pretty lofty expectations for the next attempt. I mean, how do you top Rob Schneider and Armand Assante? Producer Andrew Macdonald thinks he has the answer: putting Karl Urban in the lead, not taking off his helmet, and creating near-realistic motorcycles and punches!:

“The main thing about Dredd is that it’s a fantastic comic that was completely messed up 20 years ago," said Macdonald. "Our idea is to make a very hard, R-rated, gritty, realistic movie of Dredd in Megacity, so we’ve got to get the tone right. He’s not going to take off his helmet. His bike is going to feel real. He’s going to hit people and it’s going to feel real.

"There’s been a change in comic-book movies; they were treated unseriously and now they’re treated seriously. We’ve cast a guy called Karl Urban to play Dredd."

Did he just say a "gritty, realistic" comic book movie? Congratulations, Andrew MacDonald, you won today's producer-speak bullshit award. That is, unless someone else refers to their movie as "the next Dark Knight" in the next few hours.

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