Yet Another Reboot: Judge Dredd

Posted from the comic book message forum 2000 AD:

Rebellion and 2000 AD are proud to announce that Judge Dredd is coming to a cinema near you soon!

Together with DNA Films, the movie production company behind such great sci-fi movies such as Sunshine and 28 Weeks Later, Judge Dredd will go into production in 2009.

Jason Kingsley, CEO and Creative Director said, ‘We can’t give away too many details at this point, but we’re looking forward to working with DNA Films to bring Judge Dredd back to the big screen.’

We’ll keep you up to date with breaking news as it happens!

Oh goodie. Just what the world needs: a Judge Dredd reboot.

Seriously? Are you freaking kidding me? We don't have enough stupid looking comic book adaptations out there we have to dredge up this one? The 1995 version with Sylvester Stallone was fantastically bad (currently 15% fresh over at Rotten Tomatoes). I dont see the logic in wanting to try again with this.

And with this news, we completely forgot to mention that "The Phantom" was also greenlit to be rebooted last week.

Hollywood just doesn't get it.


David J. Williams said...

Yet another of you critics who apparently has gotten used to just pontificating without knowing what you're talking about. Yes, the last movie sucked. It was a travesty. But if you'd actually read the original Judge Dredd comic, you'd know that this is one of the two or three coolest comics ever created--and you might have wondered what that kind of content could be like in the hands of the guys who did 28 Days Later. I suspect we're about to see some serious shit.

My advice to you, is give up on doing this, dude. You're obviously not trying to do your job seriously, and would do a lot better to just get out of the way. At least try to learn more about the source material when someone's willing to bet millions of dollars on a movie. Sometimes, they know something you don't.

The Judge said...

OK, you're a fanboy. I get it.

You're still bitter at the fact that the 1995 film of your blessed comic book hero was notable as being one of the worst films Sylvester Stallone has ever done. Roger Ebert called it, "a "Blade Runner" for audiences with Attention Deficit Disorder."

I can understand your passion for wanting to see someone else take the franchise out for another spin - one you hope will not suck nearly as hard as the first time.

And I am fully aware that DNA Films has had a good run of critically acclaimed movies. They are the studio that won 34 different awards, including an Oscar for Forrest Whittaker in "The Last King of Scotland."


Some would argue that there are too many comic-book adaptations on the big screen and the genre is long since past its glory days.

Some could postulate that while the genre has its base of dedicated, insanely loyal fanatics that will happily lap up whatever Hollywood shoves down their throats, there is not much of a cross over of interest in what Hollywood would consider "normal" people.

And then there is the idea that obsessed fanboys like you think it is inconceivable for a studio that has released a lot of good movies to ever produce a bad one.

There is no talk of a script, no talk of directors or casting or how much budget DNA is going to fork out for production. Only the vague hope that it could be a good movie because it comes from the production studio of a place that does good movies.

You are entitled to your opinion, but that kind of blind faith in Hollywood, I simply do not possess.

David J. Williams said...

It's not blind faith, Judge. I'll fully admit this film could suck as bad as the last one did.

All I'm saying is that this is source material which has the potential to generate some very cool content. And you're right, there's no director, no script, etc.: all we've got right now is a press release and that's not enough to declare with 100% certainty (as you do) that "Hollywood just doesn't get it." I'm sure that plays well with your indie hipster pals, but if you're going to put your opinion on a website, you should try to keep a bit more of an open mind.

As to your analysis that the comic book bubble is past its prime, I might have agreed with you a year ago, but with the success of Iron Man, and with Batman having just raked in half a billion dollars, that line of argument is just plain stupid now. Will a lot of copycat movies get made? Absolutely. Will all the comic book movies that get made suck? That seems like a stretch. Will some of them be fantastic successes? It's impossible to rule that out. Don't you see how interesting this game is when you admit to a little bit of uncertainty? You're the one who has the blind faith, Judge.

The Judge said...

There is plenty of "source material" out there. Or even better, why not come up with something creative that hasn't been done before? Hollywood doesn't want to take any chances on untested material so they figure they will be able to make the most money by just adapting stuff that was done previously.

That technique is getting tiring and audiences know it, but still the studio's persist. Mostly because the the comic book crowd is a very vocal group.

I'd rather see something new, than a remake of something I've already seen.

But me and my "indie hipster pals" are just weird that way, I guess.

David J. Williams said...

Ok, time for some multiple choice. Which of the following best explains Hollywood's most recent wave of comic book greenlights?

A. The geeky comic book fanboys being so damn vocal.
B. Studio execs too busy snorting coke to realize that the audience is sick of all this comic book crap.
C. Hollywood is so much more stupid than "The Judge" at Media Morgue could ever hope to be.
D. Batman Dark Knight topping 500 million at the U.S. box office this past summer, and making a lot of people far richer than "the Judge" at Media Morgue could ever hope to be.

Hmm. Let me think about this one....

The Judge said...

I agree that thanks to Iron Man and Dark Knight, everyone and their brother are going to try to ride the coat tails of big films to various degrees of their own success. Its inevitable.

But there will be a point of critical mass. There will be a time when audiences stop flocking to the box office to see the latest adaptation and instead might yearn for something original. Comics are the latest thing and all I am saying is that its becoming mundane. The more copycats, the worse it gets.

DNA is a little late to the party, but depending on who writes it, it MIGHT be worth seeing. Hell, as long as Rob Schneider isnt in it, it might do very well.

And I am going to use your answer "C" out of context as a quote for Media Morgue from now on.

You're a funny guy, David J. Williams. I hope your book does well. Send me a copy and I'll review it. You trust my opinion, right?

David J. Williams said...

Entirely agreed that there'll be plenty o' copycats--that's the nature of the H-wood machine. (Catwoman, anybody?)

And I'd be happy to send you a copy of the science fiction classic THE MIRRORED HEAVENS (Bantam Spectra, May 2008). Drop me a line on my website, via the contact page, and let me know your mailing address. Even if you use the book as target practice, it'd still be fun.

happy holidays, dude--I've enjoyed this.


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