Dredd 2 all but dead, possible short films happening

News Simon Brew 27 Mar 2013 - 06:36

The producer of Dredd suggests that Dredd 2 won't happen, but that Dredd short films might...

Part of this story, sadly, is going to come as no surprise. In spite of a groundswell of support for the movie, that has seen solid DVD and Blu-ray sales, Dredd has nonetheless performed well below what was needed to get a full cinematic sequel off the ground. The film's $35m worldwide cinema gross all but put an end to that, and if there were any doubts lingering, they seem to have just been extinguished.

The producer of Dredd, Adi Shankar, did a session on Reddit, and inevitably the question of Dredd 2 didn't take long to arrive. Will there be a sequel, he was asked? "Probably not". Why? Well, "it’s because the movie totally bombed & R-rated movies are a tough sell to begin with", he said. He went on to add that "if Dredd becomes a cult hit it will be awesome. Last September was a terrible month... Dredd bombed and then Looper became a massive hit a week later!"

Clarifying that he was aiming no slight against Looper (although he did aim a dig at one of its financiers), Shankar did at least offer an olive branch of sorts to Dredd fans. "I am working on a Dredd short in the vein of #DirtyLaundry", he revealed.

If you're not familiar with Dirty Laundry, this is the acclaimed The Punisher-inspired short, where Thomas Jane reprised the title role, in spite of there not being a cinematic sequel on the way. We wonder if Karl Urban can be persuaded to do the same?

Shankar, incidentally, also seemed to rule out a Kickstarter approach to funding Dredd 2, in the light of the successful Veronica Mars crowdfunding drive.

He said that "Truthfully, I feel really bad asking fans for money ... I understand that VERONICA MARS used KickStarter effectively to get a movie green lit, but I just feel bad about it ...", also noting that a science fiction movie would cost an awful lot more than Veronica Mars. Even taking into account the huge success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter, it still stands at around $4m - a tenth of what would be needed for a new Dredd movie.

The full Reddit chat, and it's an interesting one, can be found here. And while it seems that Dredd on the big screen is dead, at least for some time now, that at least there's some way forward in there somewhere.

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