Tuesday, August 28, 2018

"Judge Dredd: Mega-City One"

In support of the TV series pilot "Judge Dredd: Mega-City One", based on creator John Wagner's futuristic law enforcer 'Judge Dredd', take a look at IDW Publishing's "Judge Dredd: Under Siege" #4, written by Mark Russell and illustrated by Max Dunbar, with covers by Dunbar and Alan Quah, available August 29, 2018:

"...trapped in the 'Patrick Swayze Block' with no outside contact, 'Dredd' and 'Judge Beeny' have been forced into an uneasy alliance with a local gang...

" stop a threat to 'Mega-City One' that must be contained at all costs.."

"I've read the pilot script, " said "Mega-City One" executive producer Jason Kingsley, "and got that same thrill 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..."

"'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.

"A team of 'Judges' — futuristic cops invested with the power to be judge, jury, and executioner 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 Jason and Chris Kingsley, who along with Ford were executive producers on the "Dredd" (2012) starring Karl Urban, who is ready to reprise the role for the TV series.

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. 

His ride is a cannon-mounted, AI 'lawmaster' chopper.

'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 'World War 4'.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Dredd"...