New details have emerged on that upcoming Judge Dredd TV series, Judge Dredd: Mega City One, and it sounds like the new show is going to be unlike anything else on television.
The series is being co-produced by IM Global and Rebellion, and Rebellion’s CEO Jason Kingsley recently gave a rundown of what fans can expect in an interview with SFX Magazine (via Bloody Disgusting):
“Dark fantasy elements are one area that would be great to explore. The show will combine the macabre with the insane and the light-hearted. It’s a big place, after all, with 400 million stories to tell. Long-form storytelling makes showing Mega-City One and its inhabitants much easier. Trying to fit all of that into a two-hour movie is very hard.”
We like what we’re hearing already. “Dark fantasy elements” are definitely the way to go in today’s prestige television landscape, but the series’ planned combination of the macabre, light heartedness, and insanity makes it sound really fun and unpredictable — while also setting it apart from other glancingly similar genre shows like Preacher and The Man in the High Castle.
As previously stated, the series will feature an ensemble cast and follow a team of judges — not just Dredd — allowing for more diverse stories to be told. You’re probably thinking this all sounds great, but there is a bit of bad news. The series is still in the very early stages of development, and Kingsley says it’s going to be at least two years before the show premieres — and that’s of course dependent on a network actually picking it up.
Still, it’s pretty hard not to get excited, because so far this show seems to be making all the right moves.