The 2012 Dredd film has become a cult classic in the world of comic book movies and has a lot of chatter about enthusiastic fans wanting a sequel. Someone even got the Judge himself, Karl Urban, to ask for more fan support at a convention in April, 2014 where his hopeful words show some sort of executive interest.
Though it looks like not even the internet is powerful enough to get this sequel off the ground as iO9 sat down at a roundtable interview with Dredd director Alex Garland to discuss his new film Ex Machina which Garland wrote and directed. During the interview, the topic of Dredd 2 came up and Garland had this to say:
There isn't, as far as I can tell, going to be a Dredd sequel. The basic mechanics of film financing say that if you make a film that loses a ton of money, you're not going to get a sequel. And that's basically what happened.
And I understand and appreciate the support the film has had, and the campaigns that have existed for it, and it's really genuinely gratifying — I love it in all respects except one, which is when I hear about people buying copies of the DVD in order to boost sales and to change the figures. And what I want to say to them is, "Don't do that. Keep your money." Because the people that are making the decisions are much colder and harder than that. And the graphs they're looking at are not really going to be sufficiently dented by that.
So the support for the film is truly appreciated. But if there is going to be a sequel, it's not going to be me and the team of people who worked on the previous film, it's going to be another bunch of people. And good luck to them, and I hope it happens. I really do. I hope they do a better job than we did.
If you still haven't seen it yet it's worth a watch. It's a fun over-the-top action movie with some fun characters. It's not on Netflix anymore so you'll just have to wait for them to go pick it up or rent/buy it from your store of choice. I know I'll be cracking out my copy sometime this weekend.