Karl Urban is in talks to star in the upcoming Judge Dredd: Mega-City One TV series, according to the show’s producers. Urban, who last portrayed Mega-City One’s stone-cold law man back in 2012, was quoted at a Star Trek convention as saying he was in talks to reprise his role:
“I am in discussions with them about that. I told them that if they write the material and give Dredd something to do and give him a function, I will be there. I would love to.”
In a statement to IGN, Dredd and Mega-City One producer Jason Kingsley confirmed that they are in talks with Karl Urban and talked a bit about the show’s premise:
“We have been in discussions with Karl about his possible involvement in Judge Dredd: Mega-City One for some time. These conversations continue but we’re keen, he’s keen – it’s just a case of us making sure this show is everything we want it to be.
“This needs to be done right – the fans deserve it. Our team is working hard on scripts for the first season, creating engaging multi-thread storylines, one of which will be Dredd’s but others which take us into the wider world of Mega-City One.”
This news shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. For anyone who has followed Urban’s career, they will be only too familiar with his love for the character, and his willingness to appear in any on-screen outings the character may have.
Mega-City One was announced back in late May, and will take a broader look at the many characters inhabiting the post-apocalyptic metropolis. With that being said, it’s almost a given that fans will be demanding plenty of air time for Judge Joseph Dredd, who is easily one of the most recognisable and bankable comic book characters in British comics history.
There is currently no word on when the show will begin production, or which network it will land on when it does. In today’s era of TV shows jumping straight onto Netflix or Hulu, it’s every bit as likely that Mega-City One will end up going the same route.