While we wait for the new Judge Dredd film to find a director and begin filming – Duncan Jones’ recent ideas sound as if he is the man for the job – we can look forward to seeing some Judge action in a fan film heading our way called Judge Minty.
This is looking very cool.
The fan film will be based on Judge Minty, a character created by John Wagner and Mick McMahon. An aging Judge who is forced to ‘retire’ from the streets, mainly it seems because he has become too compassionate.
He chooses to take ‘The Long Walk’ into the Cursed Earth, there “to take law to the lawless”. The film will be based around his first experiences in the radioactive wastes.
Edmund Dehn is playing Judge Minty. Award winning artist and illustrator Greg Staples has a brief appearance as Judge Dredd (that’s him in the pic) and filming is currently underway.
Steven Sterlacchini is directing it and I can’t wait to see some footage.
John Wagner is the man who created Judge Dredd and he is still writing the character in 2000AD 30 years later.
As we all know, Stallone was Dredd in the film adaption from a while back. The first 10 minutes where okay and it went down hill from there.
Now, speaking to 2000AD Review, Joe Wagner comments on the new film that has been written by Alex Garland with concept art by comic book artist Jock (above). He also mentions what he thought of the Stallone version.
I have read the script (by Alex Garland) and seen Jock’s visuals. While I can’t go into detail about the content I can say that it’s high-octane, edge of the seat stuff, and gives a far truer representation of Dredd than the first movie. I hated that plot. It was Dredd pressed through the Hollywood cliché mill, a dynastic power struggle that had little connection with the character we know from the comic.
Confident? I will be once I hear they’ve started filming. There’s many a slip.
There you have hit. Still not much on what the story will entail, but if Dredd’s creator likes it then that can only be a good thing.
What would you want to see in a new Judge Dredd film? What is needed to make it classic Dredd?
Still no word on who will be Dredd in the new film, but you can vote on who you would like in the poll below.
You may or may not remember 1990′s Hardware by Richard Stanley. Hell some of you may not have even been born back then!
The film starred Stacy Travis and Dylan McDermott. Set in the future and was about a woman who’s soldier boyfriend left her a gift – the heard of a robot killer. The robot came back on line and started to rebuild itself before hunting the woman around her apartment.
I think that makes sense but if not here is the official synopsis:
Jill lives in a war-torn and alien world. She is given the remains of a Mark 13 Cyborg, a killing machine found on radioactive waste ground by a friend. Once the Cyborg is in her flat it begins to rebuild itself with household equipment and and now it’s capable of doing its job…..killing!
I remember watching it way back when. I enjoyed it although felt it was a little slow in places.
I was recently remastered and released on Blu-Ray so worth a look if you like indie sci-fi.
Quiet Earth have come across the script for the sequel, Hardware 2: Ground Zero, by Stanley. You can download it here. The basic plot is this:
The Mark-13′s are in mass production. The US government is employing them to patrol the US-Mexican border and deal with illegal aliens. Shades returns to Earth after a series of space flight assignments. Feeling alone in the world, he decides to seek out Jill, who’s now living in a hippie colony in Splendora, Texas. The colony consists of ‘destructuralists’, who beseech the human race to abandon all technology and re-unite with nature. As Shades and his newly-found companion, battle-scarred vet Lyle Maddox arrive to Splendora, they find Jill earnestly believing in the cause, but even she is oblivious to what ultimately lies beneath the peaceful colony. Something big enough to attract a phalanx of Mark-13 droids as well as a Mexican guerilla leader, who thinks he’s channelling the spirit of Emilio Zapata…
Sounds good in an army of killer robots causing mayhem kind of way.
An interesting side note while I perused wikipedia (so it may not be true):
The film is based on a 2000 AD comic called SHOK! Walter’s Robo-Tale. In the comic version, the robot head part is recovered from the bloody aftermath of the Cursed Earth Saga (almost making Hardware the first Judge Dredd movie ever). The original theatrical release did not mention the comic book despite heavily plagiarizing its storyline. Following legal action a notice was added to later versions and the strip’s creators, Steve MacManus and Kevin O’Neill, now get full writers’ credits.
It is now considered to be the first 2000 AD movie spin-off, followed by the better-known Judge Dredd.
Richard Stanley is currently shooting an end of the world type film called Vacation starring Smallville’s Tom Welling.
Vacation is the story of a coke-addicted banker who travels with his stripper girlfriend to a seedy Middle Eastern resort. Their own personal problems soon pale before the disaster that strikes in the form of freak solar storms that eradicate all means of communication, leaving them stranded in an extremely hostile environment.
Slingers is the sci-fi show that doesn’t exist yet. However, the sizzle reel for it was all over the internet a few days ago.
It stars Sean Pertwee, Adrian Bower, Tom Mison, Margo Stilley, Haruka Abe, GUN and JUNIOR.
Steve Barron directs and Mike Sizemore is the man who wrote it. Here is a quick synopsis.
Slingers is set in the year 2960 A.D., following mankind’s first interplanetary war. Humanity is now clustered into a finite, but still vast section of the universe known as Enclosed Space. Humanity won the war with an aggressive alien enemy, but at a cost. The way back to Earth is now cut off by an impassable barrier – a side effect of the blast that finally pushed the enemy back.
The show takes its name from a group of people thrown together on board an experimental spacecraft that is capable of Slinging itself to any point in space. In theory it’s the only craft capable of getting home. In reality the crew are using it to carry out a series of high tech heists and get even with those who are now exploiting their positions in the post war hierarchy.
Dominic ‘DM’ Monroe, a special ops war veteran becomes the de facto leader of this small team of thieves who rail against the decision by military command to just ‘stay where they are and make the best of it’. They’re determined to get home and if that means breaking a few rules and picking up a lot of enemies along the way then so be it.
Mike was nice enough to take the time to do an interview with me about the show and I want to see it more than ever after what he has to say. TV people give them money now!
Oceans 11 meets Firefly is the vibe I get from watching the promo – How have you been pitching it?
Almost exactly like that. As an elevator pitch its always been ‘Ocean’s 11 in space’. People just get that. When they ask us to expand we can talk them through what we hope amounts to three seasons of television. At the core it’s a heist show, but we’ve worked very hard to make sure the concept is not going to run out of steam anytime soon.
How did Sean Pertwee become involved?
We’d already secured Steve Barron as the director which was a huge deal in itself. When he asked me for casting ideas, Sean was at the top of the list. Steve got in touch, told him what we were up to and he was on board immediately. I then sent Sean a character profile for his character. When I met him for the first time he remarked at how surprised he’d been at the level of detail I’d gone into for Colonel Hall. Because he knew where we intended to take the character over at least three seasons he got more involved and once he’d read the first pilot script he was in love with the project. It helped that we’re both old-school 2000AD fans. I dropped some references in the script and he was the first to pick them out.
Slingers – Explain the name for the viewing public.
Originally, in the very first draft of the pilot script, the ship they
steal has sling-shot technology so it was a no-brainer. At this stage we’ve actually managed to find a far better way for the crew to get around, but now the name has stuck.
Give us a quick rundown on the characters we see in the promo.
Would love to. But here’s the thing about the video. It was shot so we could show what Slingers was capable of for MIPCOM in Cannes in October and the DVDs we took over had an accompanying promo booklet, so it was never meant to be seen ‘cold’ like this. That it’s had over 56,000 views since, means it seems to work without too much hand holding. Which is great, because I’d rather an audience worked something out and had fun. But here’s some detail.
DM played by Adrian Bower is the defacto leader. He’s the guy you see do the sleight of hand with the poker chip to lift the security guard’s badge.
Frank played by Tom Mison is the guy having a problem with his gun. He and DM are best friends, ex war buddies and have a certain skill set they decide to keep using now that peace time isn’t all it was promised to be. DM is the calm collected one who prefers to think his way out of situations. Frank is the lovable idiot who throws himself into situations he then has to fight his way out of. DM is kinda broken. Frank we try and break each and every week if we can.
Marti is the girl we see at the opening in the casino and later in the
space suit, played by Haruka Abe. She’s the youngest member of the
crew, but its also her ship. The military would disagree with that,
but her father built it and she’s decided its not a good idea for
anyone else to have it.
Junior is the robot we see with the BOOM. He plays himself. There’s a fair bit of CGI involved in the sizzle, but Junior is real. He’s a MECH 5 – basically a bad ass robot that should have been decommissioned. He has his own agenda for throwing in with the crew. There’s more to him than meets the eye but he doesn’t transform into Michael Bay or anything.
The woman who appears at the very end of the sizzle is Jeannie, played by Margo Stilley. She’s the holographic pilot of the ship and in the sizzle is rescued electronically by DM. He steals her back. He has a history with her, or at least the real person she was based on. It’s a complicated relationship.
The weapon that Frank is arguing with is GUN. She’s actually a very special weapon, but tends not to always agree with Frank. Again it’s a
The one thing you don’t see much of is the ship. We have some interesting plans for her.
And of course we have Sean Pertwee as Colonel Hall. He’s the military guy tasked with getting the ship back. He kinda takes it seriously. The poor bastard he’s not blaming for anything is played by Dalip Tahil. I feel sorry for what we did to him because he was brilliant on set.
What will happen in the first few episodes? Will there be an arc?
Yes indeedy. We have some interesting character arcs for each character and the show is plotted out for three seasons at the moment.
We have some big reveals, and surprises in store for the crew and hopefully the audience. We didn’t want to make this up as we went along so we know exactly how these characters got to the first scene of the pilot and how they all end up. But the first few episodes are concerned with getting the ship, learning what it can do and then deciding what to do with it.
How many episodes and series do you have planned out and are there any aliens in it?
Good question. 22 episodes a season, three seasons. With scope for a few side stories along the way. Aliens. Yes and no. Aliens are history by the time we get to the pilot. But they do play a huge part in the show one way or another. And we’ve got something worse too. Wait until you meet her.
Favourite science-fiction film and fave sci-fi TV show?
Jesus. Just one? Tough question. I may hack your blog and change the answer daily. Right now at almost 4am my favourite sci fi movie is Moon. I’ve been watching it over and over on Blu Ray trying to work out how Duncan Jones and Sam Rockwell pulled it off. Simply incredible film making. It taps into the films I’d love to have added if you’d have allowed it – like Alien, Silent Running and Bladerunner.
Favourite sci fi TV show? The Invaders. I caught it when I was a kid in that weird 6pm slot on BBC2. Being 12 or so and being able to watch Monkey, The Water Margin, old Republic serials like King of the Rocket Men, Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon, not to mention Laurel & Hardy and Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes movies was life changing. And of course David Vincent knowing that the Invaders are here, that they have taken human form and that somehow he must convince a disbelieving world that the nightmare has already begun.
Judge Dredd is heading towards the big screen again. Who would you like to see playing Dredd and who or what should he be up against in the new film?
I wouldn’t like to see anyone play Dredd. We cast the jaw and then keep the poor bastard attached to it drugged up between takes. We find the right guy and we KEEP him. Then you forget about the film idea. You get HBO on board to do it like The Wire and you throw the entire Mega City against Dredd for seven years or so. I grew up watching him crack heads – he can take it.
Best film of 2009?
I’m gonna look like a fanboy if I saw Moon again, so let’s go with
Inglourious Basterds. Ballsy film making at its best. Or maybe The Road because it reminded me children can still act. You know what, fuck it. I’m a fanboy and it was Moon.
Favourite science fiction gadget?
Peter Davison’s fifth Doctor’s sonic screwdriver. For exactly the same reason that I loathe the new one that seems to do every bloody thing under the sun – none of them memorable. The only thing I remember Peter Davison’s screwdriver doing is dying. I remember the line “I feel like you’ve just killed an old friend” and I still get a pang over it. I’m not sure what it says about me that I list that over the Buffy-bot.
If you were to be killed by a movie monster which one would it be and what would your final words be?
Brilliant question. I’m working with a friend on a side project where we get to kill another friend and we’re using a classic monster. But not that way.
I’m really trying *not* to think of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and it’s really hard.
I think it’d be an American Werewolf In London because I’m a messy bastard in life so it’d be good go out of it messily too. Last words: “See You Next Wednesday”
I particularly like the talking Gun. Was that inspired by Rogue Trooper’s Gunnar or do you just like talking weaponry?
I like any ‘thing’ that can be a really meaningful character in its own right. We live in a world with movies where they can’t get the fucking human beings right, so I have a soft spot for any writer who can make me fall in love with an object. Gonna mention Moon again so brace yourself. They made me tear up over what was basically an upside down photocopier. The drones in Silent Running I miss more than dead relatives. The trailing off of Daisy Daisy by HAL in 2001 haunts me. Hell, even the Alzheimer suffering Nell in Battle Beyond The Stars makes my lip tremble. And not because she looks like a sex toy.
Rouge Trooper and Gunnar? You bethca that was an inspiration. I wasn’t the only kid drawing biochips on my arm in school, right? Right?
What film do you first remember watching?
The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Basil Rathbone. My gran’s house and it was on the TV one afternoon. I think I fell in love there and then. With Olivia de Havilland. Not my gran. Although I guess the age difference was similar. I’ve loved old movies ever since. One of the best emails I got recently was from a production manager (Hi Kelli!) over at Turner Classic Movies. Well, that and a call from Sam Raimi’s office.
Best ever spaceship?
The Eagles from SPACE: 1999. I’ll fight anyone who says different.
If you got the chance to make a film or series based on an established comic book character which one would it be…apart from Dredd?
The Ballad of Halo Jones just to get Alan Moore on my back.
When I was a kid being blown away by all the fun stuff in 2000AD along came this story that just aimed higher. It trusted the 12 year old I was to understand something that wasn’t just guns and explosions. It was a girl with a real life and she wanted OUT. Reading 2000AD was an obvious way out I guess. But suddenly finding a character that wasn’t content and did something about it made me want to do EVERYTHING too.
Of course she had a talking robotic dog as well so that helped. But I read it again recently and it’s just fucking beautiful. I have a masters degree in literature so I’m pretty well read outside of the genre stuff and hand-on-heart I think Alan Moore gave us a masterpiece.
And that’s also the reason why I would never go near it.
I’d write the living fuck out of Doctor Who though.
There you have it. A great interview for what looks like it could be a great show. Check out Mike’s blog for more info and he’s also on Twitter.
Check out some previous sci-fi related interviews on Live for Films:
- David Sullivan – Star of Primer and Skateland
- Duncan Jones – Director of Moon
-Andrew Barker – Director of Straw Man
- Michael Marshall Smith – Author of Only Forward, Spares, One of Us, Straw Man and many more
- Alejandro Adams – Director of Canary
- Neal Asher – Author of Gridlinked, Line of Polity, Shadow of the Scorpion, Orbus, Brass Man and many more
I recently posted the fact that the comic book artist Jock (The Losers) was still working on the concept art for the new Judge Dredd film. Alex Garland (The Beach) has written the script and things are slowly moving along.
As we all know Stallone played him in the previous version (it had a great opening 10 minutes and then it just got ugly). The big question for the new one is who will they get to play Judge Dredd?
I could see someone like Bruce Campbell (he has the chin), Ron Perlman (he doesn’t mind covering his face and we all know Dredd never takes his helmet off – well not on screen anyway), Thomas Jane, Billy Zane or Jason Statham.
I have received a few emails that suggest Gerard Butler (Gamer, 300, Law Abiding Citizen) is interested in the role and has been in talks. Now I have looked around the web for confirmation of this, but so far I cannot find anything else. However, the emails I have received have all come from different unrelated sources, a couple of whom are usually spot on.
For the moment mark this one down as a great big rumour though – it is still early days and I personally don’t think they are as far along as casting.
If anyone happens to know Gerard could you ask him if this is true. I will keep digging and let you know if I find anything more.
Do you think Gerard Butler would make a good Judge Dredd? If not him who else could it be?
This is one of those pieces that is sort of news but isn’t. Keep on reading and you will see what I mean.
The excellent comic book artist Jock recently tweeted some kind words about Judge Dredd screenwriter Alex Garland, whose script the “Losers” artist is currently developing visuals for.
@jock4twenty working through script visuals for JUDGE DREDD movie. Alex Garland writes a great script.
The reason why I say this is not really new news is that it was known that Alex Garland (The Beach) was working on a Judge Dredd screenplay back in December of last year (more here) and there was some lovely concept art from Jock in January.
However, since then it has all gone a bit quiet. Hence the reason for this post. Looks as if things are slowly creeping forward for 2000AD’s Dredd and Mega City One. Humour me, I just love a bit of Dredd.
I don’t suppose anyone has a copy of the new script they care to send my way?
The question though is who can play Dredd in the new film? Christian Bale, Jason Statham, Bruce Campbell, Dolph Lundgren, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, The Rock, Ron Perlman and Billy Zane are just a few ideas. Don’t forget the original take on Dredd was based on Clint Eastwood.
Of course if the big bad of the piece is Judge Death then the main man, Doug Jones (Hellboy, Legion) is the one for that.
The upcoming film “Button Man” is not related in any way to “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” — and, contrary to earlier reports, it’s not related to Leonardo DiCaprio, either.
Entertainment Weekly is crying foul on Internet rumors that the “Body of Lies” actor would star in the “2000 A.D.” comic property. The news site is reporting that Leo is not attached to “Button Man” according to studio representatives. The rumor originated from a listing in Production Weekly, a print magazine that provides information on Hollywood projects.
While DiCaprio’s involvement is now officially scrapped, there is movement on “Button Man.” A DreamWorks representative tells Entertainment Weekly that “Eagle Eye” screenwriter Hillary Seitz will pen the screenplay for the comic book adaptation.
So there you have it. If DiCaprio is not to be a Button Man, who could you see in the role?
The original post is below:
According to Production Weekly, Button Man focuses on Harry Exton, an ex-mercenary that participates in a violent underground sport known as “the game.” Exton is one of several killers — appropriately called ‘button men’ — that define victory by slaying their opponent or claiming the first two joints of their victim’s finger. When Harry decides to retire from the sport, he learns the hard way that his own survival is anything but a game.
DiCaprio is expected to star as Exton in the “2000 A.D.” comic book adaptation, from the same publishers of the in-development “Judge Dredd” relaunch. The actor-producer has snatched up the rights to several graphic novel properties as of late, such as the manga franchises “Ninja Scroll” and “Akira” — though he says that he won’t star in either film.
The erstwhile “Titanic” star has also found himself at the center of some higher profile comic book rumors in the last year. Alongside “Inglourious Basterds” actor Brad Pitt, DiCaprio has been mentioned as a contender for Steve Rogers in “The First Avenger: Captain America.”
Other than DiCaprio’s newly announced “Button Man” and his attachment to “The Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film “Inception,” not much is known about the Academy Award nominated actor’s involvement in comic book movie properties.
Empire Online recently held a webchat with Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle who, while talking about future projects, revealed that he’s been asked to direct an English-language remake of Chan-wook Park’s Lady Vengeance. Here are some of the snippets from the chat below, where he also discusses the 28 Days Later franchise and more.
Kinema asks: What do you think of the Asian Film Industry, mainly South Korea and Hong Kong? A lot of South Korean movies are being made into US Remakes. Would you ever consider remaking a good South Korean movie, maybe Oldboy?
Seriously, I was just asked to do a remake of Lady Vengeance, the one after Oldboy. My favourite is Audition.
Ruffcut asks: How close did you come to directing Alien 4?
Oh my God, that one. Very close actually. In fact I met Sigourney and Winona, which was a great pleasure. Had chips – French fries I should say – with Winona. But I backed out of it. I was terrified of the special effects.
Film Brain asks: What was it like to make something like Slumdog Millionaire after the rather dark Sunshine?
Bits of Slumdog are quite dark early on. It’s not quite the feelgood movie of the decade all the way through. But the contrast between the isolation of outer space and the 21+ million inhabitants of Mumbai was welcome.
thebestnameshavegone asks: Is there any news regarding Terry Pratchett’s Bromeliad Trilogy which you were mooted to be involved with?
Oh God, yeah. It’s fallen apart. Frank Cotrell Boyce (Millions) and I were going to do it for DreamWorks but sadly no longer. Sorry about that – wonderful novel(s).
brent71195 asks: Any plans for the Judge Dredd movie Danny? Are you a fan or is it just something that interests you?
Where has this come from? Someone asked me about Judge Dredd the other day! Well… ha! I hated the last version of it; I can’t imagine the next one will be any better.
djimi42 asks: What is the future of the 28 Days franchise? Is there any possibility you could direct 28 Months Later?
Yeah, we’ve got a good idea for the third one. Very strange. And sadly we’ve run out of time to tell you about it…
blackmores hat asks: Can I ask what’s the state of play on Porno?
Just waiting for the original actors to age. Help them if you can. Take them out drinking – get them away from the spas and those moisturisers.