There can only be a few comic book characters who can blend crushing brutality with dark humour quite as successfully as Judge Dredd. And for anyone who’s become a little bored of the overly wholesome characters peddled by the likes of Marvel and DC Comics, then there’s the very welcome news that a Judge Dredd TV series is apparently in the works.

Although the television series is rumoured to be at least two years away from hitting our screens, it seems that the UK publishers, Rebellion, will be teaming up IM Global to produce a big budget series of Judge Dredd: Mega City One.

There’s still no news as to who will be playing the iconic role of Judge Dredd, but it looks like the rumour mill is already in motion and is suggesting that Karl Urban could be up for the part after his involvement in the Dredd movie.

Whilst the 2012 film might not have set the world on fire, it did a pretty good job in paying homage to the iconic 2000 AD comic strip. And Urban certainly managed to portray Judge Dredd with a shade more humour that Sylvester Stallone’s lumpen performance in the 1995 movie. So with current global events starting to approximate the dystopian excess of Mega City One, it seems as though the time is right for a Judge Dredd revival.

There’s already been plenty of activity that suggests that franchise’s fanbase is ready for much more Judge Dredd action. 2015 saw Virgin re-releasing their 1990s series of Judge Dredd novels as eBooks, and with a Judge Dredd slots game featuring amongst the casino gaming options at InterCasino, it looks like there’s a definite appetite for this fearsome antihero.

However, there are signs that the TV series won’t just focus on the efforts of Judge Dredd, but will instead feature an ensemble cast who have to face the challenges of dealing out justice in the 22nd century.

Whilst this presents the fascinating opportunity of thinking of who could play Judge Death, there’s also the possibility that this series might expand beyond the realms of the original 2000 AD comic. After all, the new slots game based on Judge Dredd doesn’t quite have the same chilling feel of the comic star, and so we will just have to wait and see what emerges from Mega City One!

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There can only be a few comic book characters who can blend crushing brutality with dark humour quite as successfully as Judge Dredd. And for anyone who’s become a little bored of the overly wholesome characters peddled by the likes of Marvel and DC Comics, then there’s the very...