Could it be true??
According to Rebellion, the owners of 2000 AD and ultimately Judge Dredd, preparation for the much-anticipated TV series Judge Dredd: Mega-City One is progressing apace, At San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, it announced that the pilot script and plot for the show’s first two years have been completed — with a name familiar to Dredd fans attached.
Rob Williams, who has written the character for 2000 AD for many years — including working on important stories like “Trifecta,” “Titan” and the “Enceladus” cycle — is the creative lead for the pilot for the show, which focuses on the authoritarian police force in the giant, overcrowded city that encompasses the entire East Coast of the United States. He also worked with a group of writers on the plot for the show’s first couple of seasons. Despite the title, Dredd will not be the sole focus on the show, which will instead be an ensemble drama.
Judge Dredd: Mega-City One was announced in May 2017, created in partnership between IM Global Television — headed up by former Syfy executive Mark Stern, who developed Battlestar Galactica and Defiance for the network — and Rebellion Productions, a newly created division of the company that owns the Dredd property. Rebellion creative director and CEO Jason Kingsley will act as executive producer on the show, with Brian Jenkins as series producer.
“It’s been really exciting to be working with Rob on the pilot,” Jenkins said in a statement. “We have a really talented team here at Rebellion Productions and I’m really proud of them. Jason and I have been busy looking at locations and laying out season one as we gear up, to move forward into pre-production.”
Kingsley added, “I’ve read the pilot script by Rob and the team, and got that same thrill I did when I first discovered Judge Dredd. As we drive this project forward I’m always surprised by how much effort goes on behind-the-scenes to bring something like Mega-City One to the screen. I’m very pleased with how the whole project is coming together and looking forward to more exciting announcements in the coming months.”
With the totally unexpected new that Duncan Jones is taking on Rogue Trooper – another character from the 2000 AD universe, although unrelated to Judge Dredd – breaking just a week ago, it seems like the potential of the 2000 AD universe might have finally been realized.
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