"Bring Back Dredd" Campaign Shifts Focus From Sequel To TV Series

Thu, January 14th, 2016 at 6:26am PST | Updated: January 14th, 2016 at 6:27am

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Originally launched in 2013, the petition to bring the long-running comic character Judge Dredd back to live-action following his 2012 feature film garnered a lot of attention and support from "Dredd" publisher 2000 A.D. Now, Peel the Orange has announced that the campaign for more Dredd has been reborn as "Bring Back Dredd"; instead of asking for a sequel to the 2012 film, which starred Karl Urban in the title role, the petition is now asking for streaming services like Netflix and Hulu or cable networks like HBO to pick up the franchise and run with it.

The announcement cites the recent success of Marvel's "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones" Netflix series as proof that a "Dredd" show could work, and it could retain "all of the violence, intensity, and character of the movie." The change has been discussed with 2000 AD, and Peel the Orange notes that "they’re happy for us to shift our focus to campaigning for a Judge Dredd TV series in the style of the movie." The petition, which has already been signed by 136,000 people in its previous form, can be found at 2000 AD's website.

Originally created in 1977 by John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra and Pat Mills, Judge Dredd has since been the focus of numerous comics, video games and more. He's also been brought to life on the big screen twice, with Sylvester Stallone playing him in 1995 and Karl Urban playing the character in 2012. The recent "Dredd" film was met with positive reviews but only made $35.6M worldwide against its $50M budget.

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