"Dredd" reboot writer Alex Garland attended the London Film and Comic Con this past weekend to show off a scene from the film and participate in a Q&A about the film.
Garland was asked about the possibility of sequels. Since the film had a much lower budget than most genre films, it would seem the movie won't have to earn much to get a sequel going.
Garland (via Bleeding Cool) says: "We’ll see a sequel if the gross is above $50 million in the US. It’s a simple financial equation. We’re an independent movie… In terms of Dark Judges, I wrote Death into this script, but it didn’t feel right for the first film. I thought it felt right but after about 16 drafts and it really didn’t work out. I needed to have set up the city and Dredd first before taking on what is essentially a riff on the Judges. You need to know what the Judges are before you can subvert them. I wrote a second script which was about Dredd going out to the Cursed Earth. That was rejected for similar reasons. If they want to make sequels, I’ve got a story that goes from this one into the origins of Dredd and the city. Then the third one has would have a strange, existential attack from the Dark Judges."
The film stars Karl Urban Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey as the villain Madeline "Ma-Ma" Madrigal
The original British comic created by John Wagner was much darker and grittier than the big-budget 1995 film version starring Sylvester Stallone that was a stinker....The footage here looks miles ahead of the previous film--and more in line with the original vision.
Peter Travis called action.
"Dredd" opens across the UK on September 7th, then in the United States on September 21st. The film will have its first full screening at the San Diego Comic-Con 2012. this week.