Saturday, November 28, 2009

"Judge Dredd" Lays Down The Law...

British comics illustrator Mark Simpson, aka 'Jock', noted for his work with writer Andy Diggle on the comic books "2000 AD" and "The Losers", has posted some new 'Judge Dredd' concept designs for the developing "Judge Dredd' feature from DNA Films and Fox Searchlight.

Producer is Allon "28 Weeks Later" Reich from a screenplay by Alex Garland.

First published in 1977, created by writer John Wagner, artist Carlos Ezquerra and editor Pat Mills, 'Judge Dredd' debuted in Brit sci fi anthology "2000 AD", leading to numerous comic book spin-offs.

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. Dredd and his fellow Judges are empowered to arrest, sentence and execute criminals on the spot.

With 'bionic' eyes implanted after a time-traveling mission to the 'City Of The Damned', Dredd uses a 'lawgiver' pistol, while riding his cannon-mounted, artificial intelligence 'lawmaster' motorbike.

'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 genetic scientist 'Morton Judd', to "instill fear in the population."

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

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'...