Dredd – will they get it right this time?

Judge Dredd co-creator John Wagner has been speaking about the forthcoming movie that it is hoped will bury the unpleasant memories of the Sly Stallone shitfest  – “I like the actors,” he said. “They’re well cast and they handled their parts well. Olivia Thirlby is perfect as Anderson, the young psi judge. She gives the character a touching vulnerability. Karl Urban will not remove his helmet and will not kiss his costar.


Wagner didn’t give away too many details about the plot, but there’s a little bit there. “The plot is about Dredd and his world,” he said. “It’s impossible to cover every aspect of the character and his city—perhaps that was one of the failings of the first film; they tried to do too much and ended up with not a lot. ‘Dredd’ homes in on the essential job of judging—instant justice in a violent future city.”

In case you’re wondering, Wagner isn’t a giant fan of the Stallone version. “My views haven’t changed, though apart from my initial viewing I haven’t seen the film since it came out,” he said.They told the wrong story. It didn’t have that much to do with Dredd the character as we know him. I don’t think Stallone was a bad Dredd, though it would have been better and lent him more cred if he hadn’t revealed his face. He was just Dredd in the wrong story.”

There’s a lot riding on this movie and if it goes belly up then it is unlikely that we’ll see another Dredd movie for a great many years – Unlike Batman, Superman and the other comic book superheros, Dredd is more complex and the original comic strip has been such a success because it continues to reflect the world we live in through its clever use of satire.


Dredd has never been about slam,bang,wham action antics and there are high hope for this movie.



A SEMINAL British comic book artist was badly injured after a confrontation with police in Hanwell at the weekend.

Brett Ewins, who worked on titles including Judge Dredd and Bad Company, received serious head injuries after stabbing a police officer on Saturday morning at his home in Cowper Road. An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is underway.

Police were called to Cowper Road after receiving calls about a man who had been shouting through the night. Officers arrived to find Mr Ewins holding a knife before they were attacked.

During the ensuing struggle, one of the officers received minor stab wounds and the 56-year-old sustained a head injury. Both were taken to hospital.

The officer was released from hospital but Mr Ewins remains in a serious condition at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. The Met informed the IPCC of the incident immediately.

Ewins was one of a number of artists and writers who worked on landmark British science fiction comic anthology 2000 AD.

Steve Pound, MP for Ealing North, said he has known Mr Ewins for the last 25 years. He said: “My first reaction was immense sympathy for the police officers involved. No-one wants to have to deal with a man wielding a knife, especially on a Saturday morning.”

Mr Pound said Mr Ewins, who had lived in the area for some time, was an ‘artistic genius’ but had experienced mental health problems in the past and had become more withdrawn.

He added: “We are immensely proud of the work that Brett had done as a resident of Hanwell, but we could have done more to hold him close and help him with his problems.”

Deborah Glass, IPCC Comissioner said: “A man is in a serious condition in hospital after a struggle with police officers, during which an officer was also injured.

“While the police are investigating the injury to their officer, it is right that we examine whether the man’s present condition is as a result of his contact with police.”






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