John Wagner, the creator of Judge Dredd, has said the forthcoming movie adaptation staring Karl Urban would stay true to his creation.
Speaking to The LA Times about Dredd, which arrives in theatres later this year, Wagner said Karl Urban, who plays the title role, “will not remove his helmet and will not kiss his costar” while Olivia Thirlby was perfect as Judge Anderson, giving her character “a touching vulnerability”.
“I like the actors,” he said. “They’re well cast and they handled their parts well. Dredd homes in on the essential job of judging. Instant justice in a violent future city… the plot is about Dredd and his world. 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.”
Commenting on the 1995 version starring Sylvester Stallone, Wagner said that the new movie would not make the same mistakes.
“My views haven’t changed,” he continued, “though apart from my initial viewing I haven’t seen the film since it came out. 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. I envy their budget, though. Some of the CGI was very good, and the re-creations of the Angel Gang and the robot. The robot actually came from a Pat Mills story and didn’t belong in Dredd, but it looked good. If the plot had revolved around characters like them the film would have been more successful.”
Dredd hits theaters in 2D and 3D on September 21.