Sneak Peek IDW Publishing's "Judge Dredd: Blessed Earth" #4, written by Ulises Farinas, Erick Freitas and illustrated by Jason Copland, with covers by Farinas, Tom Whalen and Valentin Ramon, available August 9, 2017, on the news that actor Karl Urban, star of the 2012 feature ("Dredd") is available to star again as 'Dredd', in a new TV series from IM Global and Rebellion, titled "Judge Dredd: Mega-City One" :
"I am in discussions with them," said Urban about starring in the new series.
"I told them that if they write the material and give 'Dredd' something to do and give him a function, I will be there..."
"'Judge Dredd: Mega-City One' is set in a future where the East Coast of the US has become a crowded and crime-ridden megalopolis. It will be an ensemble drama about a team of 'Judges' — futuristic cops invested with the power to be judge, jury, and executioner — as they deal with the challenges the future-shocked 22nd century throws at them..."
The series will be produced by IM Global Television president Mark Stern, CEO Stuart Ford, and Rebellion's Jason and Chris Kingsley, who along with Ford were also executive producers on the 2012 "Dredd" feature starring Karl Urban.
In the original comic series, inspired by Clint Eastwood's "Dirty Harry", 'Dredd' is a uniformed judge, combining powers of police, judge, jury and executioner.
With 'bionic' eyes implanted after a time-traveling mission to the 'City Of The Damned', Dredd carries a 'lawgiver' pistol.
'Joseph Dredd' and his brother 'Rico' were originally cloned from the DNA of 'Chief Judge Fargo', the first chief judge.
Their growth was artificially accelerated until they emerged in 2066 with education and world knowledge electronically implanted in their brains by CPU during gestation.
The name 'Dredd' was chosen by genetic scientist 'Morton Judd' to instill fear in the criminal community.
In 2070, during the 'Atomic Wars', the Dredds saw action for the first time as cadets, temporarily fast-tracked through the 'Academy Of Law', assigned the rank of full judges and sent to restore order, following the US Justice Department deposing the President.
Joseph continued to excel as a Judge, rapidly gaining promotion to the rank of 'Senior Judge', during the 'Fourth World War'.Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Dredd"...