Saturday, December 20, 2008

DNA's "Judge Dredd": I Am The Law...

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According to reports a second "Judge Dredd" movie is being developed for the big screen, with backing from production entity DNA Films, noted for the features "Sunshine" and "28 Weeks Later".

The new film is slated to go into production in 2009.

First published in 1977, created by writer John Wagner, artist Carlos Ezquerra, and editor Pat Mills, 'Judge Dredd' debuted as a comic strip in British science fiction anthology "2000 AD", leading to numerous comic books featuring the character.

Inspired by Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry", Dredd is a law enforcement officer in a violent city of the future where uniformed Judges combine powers of police, judge, jury and executioner, with Dredd and his fellow Judges empowered to arrest, sentence and execute criminals on the spot.
The character wields a 'lawgiver' pistol, rides a cannon-mounted, artificial intelligence 'lawmaster' motorbike and has bionic eyes, implanted after a time-travelling mission to the 'City of the Damned'.

'Joseph Dredd' and his brother 'Rico' were cloned from the DNA of 'Chief Judge Fargo', the first chief judge. Their growth was artificially accelerated, emerging in 2066 with all the appropriate knowledge for their age electronically implanted in their brains by computer during gestation.

The name 'Dredd' was chosen by their genetic scientist creator 'Morton Judd', to "instill fear in the population."

In 2070 they saw action for the first time during the 'Atomic Wars', when as cadets they were temporarily assigned the rank of full judge and sent to restore order, after the US Justice Department deposed 'President Booth'. They were then fast-tracked through the 'Academy of Law'.

Joseph excelled as a judge, rapidly gaining promotion to the rank of senior judge, saving the world from being destroyed during the 'Fourth World War'...