In what could be an attempt to distance the new Judge Dredd film from the 1995 Sylvester Stallone version -- something the producers and everyone else have been trying really hard to do since the beginning of this project -- the movie's name has been shortened to simply DREDD.
According to IM Global, who is currently selling the new movie at the Toronto International Film Festival :
"DREDD takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot - if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Pete Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's revered comic strip."
As well as Karl Urban in the title role, DREDD will also star Olivia Thirlby (Juno), who has been cast as Cassandra Anderson, a character who has psychic powers that include being able to sense approaching danger, foresee events of the near future and telepathy (you can read all about the character here.) No other cast has been announced yet. Preproduction for the movie apparently began Aug. 23 at Cape Town Film Studios in South Africa, and the movie will arrive in theatres in 2012.
So right now DREDD has Karl Urban, a hot new title, a futuristic neo-noir story that goes back to the roots of the comic book, and a previous (somewhat gross) promise from Urban that the movie won't make us "puke in our popcorn"? We're liking it more and more. What do you think?