It's the sequel you deserve, but not the sequel you want. Or maybe need, I'm never sure how that goes.
Karl Urban's Dredd didn't do so well at the box office last year, despite being a great adaptation. Look, we all take responsibility for that one, we should have seen it in the theaters, but Stallone crushed our hearts with his version years before. Certainly you can understand our hesitation. At least we are making it up to you on DVD right?
The powers that be have noticed, but it's not quite enough to bring us a movie sequel yet. For now, we'll have to be content with a sequel to the movie in comic form: Underbelly. Originally in serial form in the Judge Dredd Magazine, it will be coming to the US in January in traditional and digital forms.
We’ve noted a real swell of U.S. interest in Dredd off the back of the film. This first foray for 2000 AD in producing a U.S.-format book, geared specifically to the [comic book] direct market, and aimed at satisfying those demanding a sequel, is a stumm gas grenade-style lob across the Atlantic to show that you don’t have to camp outside your local multiplex to get your next fix of Mega-City One — the Judge will carry on enforcing the Law through the pages of the comic. Arthur and Henry [creators Arthur Wyatt and Henry Flint] have created a terrific story, and a powerful follow-up to the film – Dredd fans won’t be disappointed.
So if you are a Dredd fan and hope to see a movie sequel one day, let's support the comic next year and keep buying copies of the Urban's movie on DVD. It's christmas, give it as a gift and spread the Dredd. We can't let Stallone's version go down in history as the one most of the world remembers.
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About the Author - Jeremy Shane
Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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