Later this year we'll finally get the dark, (seemingly) faithful Judge Dredd film we've always wanted. But what would it take to get a sequel or two? Screenwriter Alex Garland explains.
Obviously, the film has to be a hit to get a sequel greenlit. But there's a lot of wiggle room between midrange hit and Avengers-style hit. Per Garland, the answer is somewhere in the middle.
The magic number? $50 million. Moderately high, especially for an R-rated film these days, but definitely reachable if Dredd can catch the right amount of buzz.
Per Bleeding Cool, Garland spilled the box-office goal at a recent London convention, and even explained his potential story ideas if he's able to get a few sequels made. Truth be told, his reasoning makes a lot of sense:
We'll see a sequel if the gross is above $50 million in the U.S. It's a simple financial equation. We're an independent movie ... 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.So there you have it: If you dig Dredd, take some friends with you and watch it a few times. Every little bit helps.
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.
(Via Bleeding Cool)