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Judge Dredd Series in Development

May 10, 2017 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Judge Dredd Mega City One

A Judge Dredd television series is in the works. IM Global, Tencent and Tang Media Partners are parntering with games studio Rebellion for a live-action series named Judge Dredd: Mega City One. According to the announcement, the ensemble drama will follow a team of Judges – futuristic cops invested with the power to be judge, jury, and executioner – as they encounter the myriad challenges of a world in which east-coast cities have merged into a giant megalopolis. Despite its 22nd century setting, many of the issues they encounter will have echoes of those today – from the dangers of domestic terrorism to the tensions between the ultra-rich and the disenfranchised.

“This is one of those seminal sci-fi properties that seems to only become and more relevant with age,” IM Global Television president Mark Stern said in a statement. “Not only is it a rich world with biting social commentary, but it’s also fun as hell! As a fan of the comics and both films, it’s a dream come true to be able to work with Jason and Chris in adapting this for television.”

“We’re very excited to be beginning the journey to get more of Judge Dredd’s Mega-City One on the television screen,” said Rebellion owners Jason and Chris Kingsley. “Thanks to the legions of fans who have kept up pressure on social media, and a lot of background work and enthusiasm, we aim to make a big budget production that will satisfy both our vast comics audience and the even greater general screen-watching public.”

The announcement comes in the midst of the character’s fortieth anniversary, having been created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra in the pages of 2000 AD in 1977. You can see a teaser image below: