The new movie adaptation of the 2000 AD comic book character Judge Dredd  has just secured its leading man in the form of Karl Urban, last seen as Bones in J.J. Abram’s Star Trek reboot.

The last time Dredd was seen on the big screen was in 1995, with Sylvester Stallone in the main role. I personally thought the movie was alright, but for fans it was abysmal, especially considering Stallone barely wore the iconic helmet during the movie.

But the producers of the new movie, Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich, spoke recently in an interview at a Empire’s Movie-Con and gave the fans some comforting news; “The main thing about Dredd is that it’s a fantastic comic that was completely messed up 20 years ago,” said Macdonald. “Our idea is to make a very hard, R-rated, gritty, realistic movie of Dredd in Megacity, so we’ve got to get the tone right. He’s not going to take off his helmet. His bike is going to feel real. He’s going to hit people and it’s going to feel real.”

The two producers continued to give further details on the shoot of the movie and the direction it is going to take; “There’s been a change in comic-book movies; they were treated unseriously and now they’re treated seriously. We’ve cast a guy called Karl Urban to play Dredd. We’ll be shooting in Johannesburg, it’s being directed by Pete Travis, we’re shooting with the people who did District 9 – and if we get it right, Alex has a couple of ideas for other stories as well. It’s not based on any one comic, and John Wagner is involved in every decision.”

Watch this space for further news.