In 2012 the film Dredd was release with much anticipation by the collective fandom of 2000AD. There were many questions as to whether or not this film would live up to our expectations and if it could erase the memory of the previously painful rendition by Sylvester Stallone in Judge Dredd (1995). Dredd was absolutely spot on and stunning.
Karl Urban portrayed the titular character perfectly, never removing his helmet and with just the right amount of anger tinged with humour. There may be arguments about who the better Batman is (West/Keaton/Bale), but there will never be any question as to who is the better Dredd.
For those of you that don’t know the story of Dredd, Judge Dredd is tasked with evaluating rookie judge, Cassandra Anderson, played by Olivia Thirlby, as to whether she can cut it as a Mega-City One judge. The story follows Dredd and Anderson as they are called to Peach Tree Towers to investigate a multiple homicide. From here things go from bad to worse as Dredd uncovers a new drug, Slo-Mo, being sold by the inventively malicious Ma-ma, played by the captivating Lena Headey.
While the film was released to great critical acclaim from the fans and critics, it sadly did not capture the interest of general viewing population. Especially in America.
Why is this? Most probably because America, for the most part, is not all that familiar with Dredd as a comic book character and the only exposure they have had is the poorly done Judge Dredd. Is there any wonder no one took any interest in the U.S.?
However, since the release of Dredd on home video it has garnered much interest and respect worldwide and especially in the U.S. It was topping home video charts on its release and people who had no interest for the cinema release have expounded extensively on the quality of the film.
Last year a signature campaign was started to show investors that a Dredd sequel would be well received. To date over 100,000 people have signed the petition for a sequel.
Last year we had a Dredd Day of Action, now tomorrow, 1 October 2014, we will have the Day of Dredd. Help us get a Dredd sequel by buying the Blu-ray or DVD of Dredd, or buying or renting it on iTunes or Google Play.
And if you think only the fans are interested in a sequel here is a message from the man himself, Karl Urban:
So if are a fan of Dredd help spread the word tomorrow by sharing it on your Facebook page or Twitter account with #DayofDredd. If you haven’t yet seen Dredd now is the time. Then once you’ve seen it sign the petition to make a sequel.
UPDATE – 1 October 2014
In response to the Day of Dredd campaign, Olivia Thirlby (Cassandra Anderson) has released a thank you video.
Nice to be appreciated.