‘Dredd’ producer says the new film ‘gritty, dark’ and authentic to comic
Executive Producer Stuart Ford attempted to reassure Judge Dredd fans that the new film, “Dredd,” will be faithful to the comic book and bring a darker, edgier feel than the 1995 Sylvester Stallone predecessor.
Talking with RedCarpetNewsTV on Tuesday, Ford details how the 2000 AD character will be portrayed.
“The version of Dredd that we’ve made is very authentic to the original 2000 AD comic character,” he said. “It’s gritty, it’s dark, it’s deadpan. We’ve made a movie that has a real edginess to it.
“It has a great visual style with an authenticity to it. It has a propulsive, super contemporary score. We think Dredd fans, fanboys, action fans, or anybody who appreciates really innovative cinema is going to really respond to the movie.”
The producer praised Karl Urban (“Priest,” “Star Trek”) who plays the Judge in the reboot.
“Karl Urban brings very square jaw, which is important. The key thing on this version of Dredd was that in order to stay loyal to original the character, Dredd never removes his helmet. That’s a challenge for an actor to make that character believable and interesting – I wouldn’t go so far as to say likeable – when you never see their eyes.”
Faithfulness to the comic book is a theme by all of the “Dredd” filmmakers and Ford states Urban is a fan as well.
“Karl, who grew up as a fan of Dredd, absolutely understood what we needed, and when people see the movie they will see that he is Dredd, that dark, complex, unforgiving, but at the same time, utterly reliable kick-ass Dredd character that we’ve been waiting to see in a movie for a long time.”
“Dredd,” which was recently given an R-rating by the MPAA, arrives in theatres in September.