Karl Urban is probably, at this point, best known for his excellent portrayal of Dr Leonard ‘Bones’ McCoy in the rebooted Star Trek movie series. But he’s also the star of one of the best comic book adaptations: Judge Dredd. The 2012 movie, “Dredd” is much-loved by fans, but didn’t make enough of a box office impact for the studio to rush into production on a second. Urban has said previously that he’d love to reprise the role, but this week he’s also called on Netflix and Amazon to put a sequel into production.
That tweet was brought about as a result of one from a user called SteJay who posted a mockup of the Netflix page for Dredd 2. A nifty idea, and one that draws attention to a long-running campaign to bring back Dredd. There’s a Facebook group with 101,465 likes and several sites have tried to build support for a return too.
The original movie brought in just $35m theatrically across the world on a budget of $50m – according to Box Office Mojo – while the previous Stallone movie “Judge Dredd” managed £113m. These days most films eventually make their initial investment back for the studio, but that’s not what those businesses are looking for, they want a profit and ideally a large one. So that makes companies like Amazon and Netflix ideal for funding a sequel. For one, those who love Dredd would flock to the service bumping subscriptions as well has helping Netflix reach more users than just those interested in the Marvel universe.
In fact, I think that Dredd could be the next huge hit for Netflix to make as an original series. The Dredd universe is absolutely stuffed with amazing stories to tell. The comic has been running since 1977 and there is incredible potential here to create a comic book TV series that takes the vast and overcrowded world of Mega-City One which houses 800 million people and where criminals are punished by the Judges of Justice Department.
Plus Dredd is, quite simply, a badass. While I love and value the more thoughtful Marvel shows that Netflix has produced, there’s some value in some slightly more action-packed drama too. Dredd has plenty of depth available, but he’s also a representation of faceless and unaccountable lawmakers. And that’s an interesting story to tell, especially when judges are the ones dishing out justice in the form of instant death penalties.
Of course just seeing another movie that followed the basis of the first would be absolutely excellent in its own right. Even if you don’t like comic book adaptations, I’d argue that Dredd is the perfect action movie. For one thing, it comes in at just 90 minutes. To give some context to that, Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon hobbles over the finish line only after two and a half hours. And absolutely nothing interesting happens in that film. Dredd on the other hand is simple and perfect. There’s basically one location, one simple task for Dredd to complete and the action is bloody, interesting and very graphic. The movie is also boosted by some cutting edge visual effects too, which thought outside the box.
So here’s my plea, and the plea of many others, please Amazon or Netflix, can we have Dredd on TV to dispense his very particular kind of justice? It sounds like you’ve got a Hollywood star ready and waiting who’s proven he has what the role takes.
UPDATE: I forgot to mention that there’s a 2000AD petition for more Dredd too, you can sign and perhaps help make this happen.
This article originally appeared at: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2016/04/24/dear-netflix-and-amazon-karl-urban-has-a-proposal-for-you/.