Judge Dredd creator reveals why he is excited about upcoming Dredd movie . . .

Writer John Wagner, who created the Judge Dredd comic book character along with artist Carlos Ezquerra and editor Pat Mills 35 years ago (!), spoke to the LA Times recently.

Here’s what he had to say about the upcoming Dredd movie starring Karl Urban (Dr McCoy in the 2009 Star Trek reboot) directed by Pete Travis (Vantage Point) from the studio who, er, brought us the lame Conan the Barbarian remake last year:

The plot is about Dredd and his world. It’s impossible to cover every aspect of the character and his city – perhaps that was one of the failings of the first film; they tried to do too much and ended up with not a lot. [The new movie] homes in on the essential job of judging – instant justice in a violent future city. I like the actors, they’re well cast and they handled their parts well. Olivia Thirlby is perfect as Anderson, the young psi judge. She gives the character a touching vulnerability. Karl Urban will not remove his helmet and will not kiss his costar.

It was one of long-time fans’ pet peeves with the 1995 Judge Dredd movie starring Sylvester Stallone that the character removed his helmet – in the comics, readers never got to see his face.

Speaking of which, here’s what Wagner says was wrong with the 1995 movie:

They told the wrong story — it didn’t have that much to do with Dredd the character as we know him. I don’t think Stallone was a bad Dredd, though it would have been better and lent him more cred if he hadn’t revealed his face. He was just Dredd in the wrong story. I envy their budget, though. Some of the CGI was very good, and the re-creations of the Angel Gang and the robot. The robot actually came from a Pat Mills story and didn’t belong in Dredd, but it looked good. If the plot had revolved around characters like them the film would have been more successful.

You can read the full interview here: http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2012/01/19/judge-dredd-creator-three-reasons-im-excited-about-new-film/


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