Judge Dredd retitled … Dredd!

It’s a smart move for any film to distance themselves from Sylvester Stallone‘s disastrous nineties vehicle Judge Dredd – a movie like The White Ribbon could have perhaps only been bettered by Michael Haneke interrupting proceedings and announcing his distaste for the wildly misguided comic book adaptation. And hey, Haneke is exactly the kind of director who would do it.

But I digress. Pete Travis‘ upcoming reboot of the Judge Dredd franchise has taken the ‘hypothetical Haneke’ route and been renamed simply Dredd.

The new title was revealed on the website of producers IM Global, who also provided the first official plot synopsis:

DREDD takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot – if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Peter Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.

The film stars, as mentioned above, Karl Urban (Star Trek) as Dredd. He will be joined by Olivia Thirlby (Juno) as offsider Judge Anderson. Screenwriter Alex Garland (Sunshine, 28 Days Later) has adapted Wagner and Ezquerra’s comic strip for the screen.

According to Slashfilm, Travis’ Dredd will be far more violent and grittier than Danny Cannon‘s 1995 opus.

Discuss: Frankly, I always thought “Judge” was the cooler part of the name, but whatever…

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