Fans of the 2012 Dredd movie have been clamouring for a sequel ever since its release. Although it had a meagre run at the box office, returning only $42 million of its $45 million budget, it did gain a cult following once it was released on DVD and Blu-Ray. However, those hopes were dashed by lead actor Karl Urban, who took to Twitter to refute the various rumours that a planned sequel was already in the works.
Urban tweeted; “Unfortunately a sequel is no closer to happening. Options have been discussed but there is no sequel in ‘development’.” Urban himself has been incredibly vocal about the poor marketing behind Dredd, speaking to Yahoo! News, the New Zealander laid into the failure to properly get behind the project. “It represented a failure in marketing,” before continuing with; “I saw the tracking of that film weeks before it came out and the fundamental problem was no-one knew it was being released. Once it came out on DVD and it sold 750,000 copies in the first week alone in North America alone, it was very clear that the audience had discovered it.”
Viewed as a flop at the box office, the 2012 collaboration between Alex Garland and Pete Travis was hailed by fans of the 2000AD series as being true to the franchise, especially after the dire Sylvester Stallone effort. For Urban to once again don the helmet of Dredd and make a return to Mega-City One, the most likely format could be in a Netflix series or once off sequel.