A hard-R adaptation of a comic book franchise is a risky proposition, especially when it's following a somewhat campy mid-'90s attempt that floundered. But despite all odds, Dredd is just a few weeks away. And if a sequel ever is made, the film's producer says he already has a full trilogy mapped out in his head.
Dredd producer Alex Garland, who also wrote the film, has opened up on the interview circuit about what he'd like to do next in the Judge Dredd sandbox.
His plan would involve the Cursed Earth, Dark Judges and Satanus:
"If I was involved in a second movie, it would be about origins and subversion, and Chopper would feature. In fact, I think Chopper would start and end the story. Apart from him, my rough plan involves Fargo, Giant, Angel Gang, and a version of Satanus. For a trilogy, add Cal and the Dark Judges. And Anderson would be in all three. But... just to be clear, this is hugely speculative and also unlikely, for any number of reasons... There are some variables which would rule me out [of any sequel] immediately.That definitely sounds interesting, and it's nice to see someone excited to keep the franchise going (even if it would take a very good opening weekend to make it happen). But, box office love or not, Garland said he believes Dredd is actually best suited for another medium—television:
I think I'd try to make [the Dark Judges] really scary. Not play them for laughs. Just make them totally malevolent and lethal. And use practical effects where possible, except for Fire, which would be an on-set nightmare. The existential side to the Dark Judges is that they don't see a point to life. If my film-trilogy daydream was to play out, I would completely rewrite my original script for the Dark Judges - because it was junk - and start again.
If there is a sequel, I'm imagining spending about half the movie in the Cursed Earth, and I would try to come up with some new faces as well as some old ones... I quite like the idea of Satanus. But much more mutated."
"But by the way, just so it has been said, I actually think that maybe the best way forward for Dredd is television. American TV has completely rewritten the rule book where filmed drama is concerned. Game Of Thrones/The Wire/Breaking Bad... An equivalent version of Dredd would be fucking great. Imagine the epics..."What do you think? Perfect world: Would you want a trilogy of films, or a Dredd TV series?
(Via Bleeding Cool)