"Dredd" is still more than two months away from hitting theaters, but screenwriter Alex Garland reveals he's already planned its sequels. When attending a panel at London Film and Comic Con on Saturday, July 7, Garland opened up about his plan to make the film a trilogy if the first installment could surpass $50 million on box office.
"We'll see a sequel if the gross is above $50 million in the U.S.," the scribe said, as quoted by Bleeding Cool. "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."
Revealing his idea on the sequels' plot, Garland dished, "I needed to have set up the city and Dredd first before taking on what is essentially a riff on the Judges." He continued, "You need to know what the Judges are before you can suvert 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," Garland revealed. "Then the third one has would have a strange, existential attack from the Dark Judges."
Directed by Pete Travis, "Dredd" is set to be dropped in the U.S. on September 21. The movie will throw an advance screening event during the preview night of the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con on Wednesday, July 11. Taking place at Reading Cinemas Gaslamp. 701 5th Ave., San Diego, the screening would be held at 10 o'clock in the evening.
An adaptation of John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra's comic strip, "Dredd" follows the titular character who is the most feared judge among other elite Street Judges in Mega City One. He has the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot if necessary.
Lining up in the cast ensemble are Karl Urban as the titular judge, Olivia Thirlby as Anderson, Lena Headey as Ma-Ma, Langley Kirkwood as Judge Lex, Francis Chouler as Judge Guthrie, and Deobia Oparei as Judge T.J. Alvarez.