Having successfully rebooted Judge Dredd in recent splatter-happy adaptation Dredd , screenwriter Alex Garland is apparently keen to get his teeth stuck into a sequel, focusing upon the more fascistic side of Judging.
At this stage, no sequel has been confirmed by the studio, but that hasn’t stopped Garland from formulating a few ideas as to what direction it might take.
“From my point of view, the politics is a lot of what I want to get into,” said Garland. “There’s a lot of stuff that’s implied in the first film that you could really explore a lot more of in the second. Dredd is part of a police state. He’s a fascist”
“The subversives are sometimes the enemy in the comic books – there’s something really interesting about pro-democracy terrorists. Where the bad guys are the people fighting for democracy. Of course they’re not the bad guys, because you should be fighting for democracy. I would like to explore that.”
It’s certainly an interesting perspective, although we’d imagine there would still be plenty of bodies in there to appease the gorehounds. As sequel pitches go though, it’s better than the usual, “the same, but darker”…