What Dredd Needs To Earn To Make Sequels Possible, And What We Might See In Them
Dredd scriptwriter Alex Garland has revealed that the film needs to earn at least £50 million at the box office in the US to make a sequel possible (which seems perfectly achievable if you ask us).
Speaking at the Dredd panel at the London Film and Comic Con this weekend, Garland said, “It’s a simple financial equation. We’re an independent movie,”
Garland also revealed, “In terms of Dark Judges, I wrote Death into this script, but it didn’t feel right for the first film. I thought it felt right but after about 16 drafts and it really didn’t work out.
“I needed to have set up the city and Dredd first before taking on what is essentially a riff on the Judges. You need to know what the Judges are before you can subvert them.
“I wrote a second script which was about Dredd going out to the Cursed Earth. That was rejected for similar reasons.
“If they want to make sequels, I’ve got a story that goes from this one into the origins of Dredd and the city. Then the third one has would have a strange, existential attack from the Dark Judges.”
So Dredd 2 will be “Cursed Earth” and Dredd 3 will be “Judge Death”? Sounds too good to be true. Is this some kind of moral blackmail? “If you don’t come to see the first Dredd, you won’t get to goodness that follows?” And Garland doesn’t even promise these plotlines, he just hints they could be used, and, as we all know, the best laid plans…
But if the reports we’ve heard from people who’ve already seen the film are true, the film should blast through the $50 million barrier. There’s a really good buzz about this one…
[Via Bleeding Cool]
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