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There’s nothing worse than looking forward to a movie adaptation of something you love, only to find that when it finally comes out in theatres, the people who were responsible for making it good have done the complete opposite of that – they’ve botched it entirely. Given the nature of Hollywood, though, once something – a book, a movie, a video game – has been made into a motion picture once, it very rarely is granted the opportunity to become one all over again. Only a lengthy passing of time and a sudden resurgence in popularity will result in a second adaptation.
Which got us thinking about bad movie adaptations that failed to live up to the brilliance of their source material – those unlikely to ever find themselves rendered again as different movies, helmed by different, more capable directors, written by people who might choose to approach the »
Writer Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) is getting ready to make his directorial debut with Ex Machina, a sci-fi film set in the not-too-distant future. Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander, today we have our first photo (seen above) from the promising project, along with an official plot synopsis, which you can check out below:
Ex Machina is an intense psychological thriller, played out in a love triangle between two men and a beautiful robot girl. It explores big ideas about the nature of consciousness, emotion, sexuality, truth and lies.
Not only does that sound like an incredibly intriguing premise, but Isaac has also said in the past that the film will be “a great three-hander with people torturing each other with their brains, in rooms.” I don’t know about you, but I’m sold.
No release date has been announced as of yet but you can »
- Matt Joseph
The first image has arrived from 28 Days Later and Sunshine screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina. The psychological thriller revolves around a billionaire programmer who invites a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate and to participate in a test involving an artificially intelligent female robot that he invented. Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson star, and based on this first image it appears that Isaac is playing the inventor. The actor previously told us that the pic is a “provocative, sci-fi sexual thriller” and described it as “a great three-hander with people torturing each other with their brains, in rooms.” It’s certainly a fascinating premise, and Garland’s track record as a screenwriter (which also includes Never Let Me Go and Dredd) is great so I’m eager to see how he fares in the director’s chair. Hit the jump to check out the first Ex Machina image. »
- Adam Chitwood
Though Dredd may not have fared as well as some hoped, writer Alex Garland is set to redeem himself by taking a turn directing with the sci-fi flick Ex Machina. Garland behind the scripts for Never Let Me Go, Sunshine and 28 Days Later, all unique films with great stories. As for Ex Machina, this one follows a love triangle between two men and a beautiful robot girl. That's definitely unlike anything we've seen before, and now we have a first look at the film with stars Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Domhnall Gleeson (About Time). No sign of the robot girl (Alicia Vikander) just yet, but we're certainly intrigued. Here's the first look at Alex Garland's Ex Machina (via The Playlist): Ex Machina is written and directed by Alex Garland (writer of Dredd, Sunshine, 28 Days Later). Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, »
- Ethan Anderton
"Oh man, I'm so excited to see that movie," Oscar Isaac told us last fall about his role in the upcoming "Ex Machina." And we're pretty excited too. It's the directorial debut of "28 Days Later," "The Beach" and "Sunshine" writer Alex Garland, with Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander co-starring. Here's more from Isaac on what to expect from the film, with the first look emerging today. "It's [set] in the not-too-distant future—it actually could very well be the present, it's a little bit undefined—and it all takes place in a house, or at least in a facility. I play a billionaire programmer who's developing algorithms for the most popular search engine in the world and no one's seen him or heard from him in quite a long time and one of his employees wins a raffle to come to his place in Alaska and test his newest invention, which »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Having penned some of the most memorable movies in recent years, Alex Garland is finally going behind the camera this year for the first time, bringing us a psychological thriller in the form of Ex Machina.
Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander star in the leading trio, and with Vikander starring as a beautiful robot, you can be sure this is going to be an interesting one, and it should be a lot of fun when it lands. And whilst we await a glimpse at Vikander herself in the movie, the first still has now been released, teasing a look at Gleeson and Isaac, and what could well be some of the inner workings of Vikander’s robot, Ava.
Caleb, a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. »
- Kenji Lloyd
While attending Emerald City Comic Con, the actor — who starred as the comic book hero in the 2012 reboot – thanked supporters and gave this update: “On behalf of everyone involved with the film Dredd — from Alex Garland to the DNA boys to myself — we really, really appreciate it and we’re working very, very hard to bring you Dredd 2.”
The Urban-led update grossed about $36 million worldwide and cost an estimated $50 million to make, but it performed well in DVD and Blu-ray sales, »
- Amber Ray
In his latest update to fans, the actor said that he’s working tirelessly with the movie’s original screenwriter-producer Alex Garland and DNA Films to make the dream of a sequel a reality.
“I just wanted to say on behalf of everyone involved with the film ‘Dredd,’ from Alex Garland to the DNA boys to myself, we really, really appreciate it and we’re working very, very hard to bring you Dredd 2,” he said after thanking fans for their ongoing support, which includes signing a petition calling for a second movie installment.
Although it grossed less than $36 million worldwide and cost $50 million to make, Urban, who starred in the 2012 comic book movie reboot, recently revealed that there were talks of a second movie after the release of a graphic novel sequel.
The movie found a new audience when it »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Despite the fact it struggled at the box office, the 2012 British comic book movie Dredd has certainly built a strong cult following, so much so that a 'Make a Dredd Sequel' petition has attracted over 100,000 signatures. While it remains to be seen whether a follow-up will become a reality, star Karl Urban has taken the time to deliver a message to fans, stating that: "I just want to say on behalf of everybody involved with the film Dredd from [writer-producer] Alex Garland to the DNA boys to myself we really really appreciate it and we’re working very very hard to bring you Dredd 2." Check out his full message here...
Do you want to see a sequel to Dredd? If so, then head on over to 2000Ad and sign the petition »
- Gary Collinson
The 2012 remake made just $36 million worldwide despite its $50 million budget. Despite this fans have been campaigning for a sequel and have even signed a petition.
The original film's lead, Karl Urban, released a video to thank fans for their support.
"I just wanted to say on behalf of everyone involved with the film Dredd, from Alex Garland to the DNA boys to myself, we really, really appreciate it and we're working very, very hard to bring you Dredd 2."
He added: "So thank you so much and please, please continue your support as it really does help."
The actor recently admitted that talks of a second film were "happening" after »
Don’t give up, Dreddheads! Though 2012′s Dredd didn’t exactly take off at the box office (grossing only around $13 million in the U.S. and $36 million worldwide), the film was a massive hit with fans of the iconic comic-book antihero, and those same fans are still loudly clamoring for a sequel, organizing campaigns to boost sales of the home release and even pulling together a graphic novel sequel.
Now, Karl Urban, who starred as the titular Judge, is pitching in with a video aimed directly at that devoted fanbase. Though the video is brief, Urban reveals that “we’re working very very hard to bring you Dredd 2,” most certainly referring to writer Alex Garland and director Pete Travis, in addition to himself and others involved with Dredd. Check it out below:
Though the film’s box office numbers probably should have killed sequel talk immediately, the impressive praise that »
- Isaac Feldberg
The 2012 remake of Dredd wasn’t a big hit financially but critically, and among fans, it was revered. Since its release, fans have clamored for a sequel, starting Facebooks and even an online petition. Star Karl Urban, writer Alex Garland, director Pete Travis and others have all expressed interest in continuing the franchise but, unfortunately, they […]
- Germain Lussier
Will Dredd 2 happen? Star of the original 2012 reboot Karl Urban says the filmmakers are working very hard to make it a reality, sending out the following video message today as a sign of hope for this action sequel.
Back in February, Karl Urban revealed that conversations about a sequel were ongoing between Lionsgate and screenwriter Alex Garland. Since that time, the official "Make a Dredd 3D sequel" petition has over 100,000 signatures, which prompted today's video.
When it was released back in 2012, Dredd 3D did not have a great showing at the box office, taking in an abysmal $13.4 million domestically and $22.2 million in international markets for a worldwide total of $35.6 million. Despite these numbers, the comic book adaptation was well received by critics and fans alike, and has amassed a strong fanbase on home video and streaming services.
Dredd already has a sequel of sorts, with a graphic novel follow-up entitled Underbelly, »
Though pretty well received by critics and the public alike, Alex Garland's Dredd failed to make a big enough impact at the box office to warrant a sequel..and most of us thought that was that. But great DVD/Blu-ray sales gave the movie a new lease of life, and suddenly it looked like a (slim) possibility. Now the official "Make a Dredd sequel" petition has over 100,000 signatures, and the actor Karl Urban has put together the following video message thanking fans for their continued support. He promises that "we’re working very very hard to bring you Dredd 2". The future America is an irradiated waste land. On its East Coast, running from Boston to Washington DC, lies Mega City One- a vast, violent metropolis where criminals rule the chaotic streets. The only force of order lies with the urban cops called “Judges” who possess the combined powers of judge, »
Dredd. The lil’ movie that could. If you’ve been following our site then you may have noticed that certain writers have a bit of a wee crush on the 2012 box office flop. Ok, wee may be a bit of an understatement, but if you’ve managed to see the Karl Urban masterpiece then you understand our enthusiasm. Since its abysmal box office performance, Dredd has grown from a tiny cult wonder to a world wide phenomenon thanks in large part to Frank from Ohio. Frank is the founder of the Make a Dredd Sequel campaign, now officially endorsed by 2000 Ad itself. Since we last spoke to Frank the buzz had been growing but now that buzz has turned to booms as the word on everyone’s lips at the Emerald City Comic Con has been ‘sequel’. The official petition, which has reached 100,000 signatures (add yours Here) is growing daily! »
- Sean Tonelli
Feature Simon Brew 3 Apr 2014 - 07:18
Just over 18 months ago, a film that remains very dear to the hearts of many readers of this site got its UK release. Launching on 7th September 2012, Dredd opened against films such as Lawless, Anna Karenina and the Adam Sandler vehicle, That's My Boy. Whilst, deservedly, the Sandler movie wouldn't even crack the top ten in the UK, it was Dredd that prevailed, off the back of encouraging reviews. The memory of the infamous (although not universally hated) 1995 Sylvester Stallone/Danny Cannon attempt to bring Judge Dredd to the screen had apparently been laid to rest.
Dredd opened to £1.05m of business, with its distributor choosing to play it pretty much exclusively in 3D. At the time, that had some initial upside, with the film being the first 18 certificate »
Ross will remain in the post until September 2014, and will stay on as chair of the Growth Fund Advisory Council.
She has been on the board of the prestigious Theatre for the past three years.
Her 13-year tenure at the broadcaster began in 2000. She became Head of Film4 in 2003, followed by her current position of Controller of Film and Drama in 2008.
Abraham said: “Tessa has made as big a contribution to Channel 4 as anyone in its history. I would like to personally thank her for her extraordinary commitment, talent and leadership over 13 remarkable years. I am looking forward to working with her over »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Karl Urban recently revealed that conversations about the possibility of making Dredd 2 are taking place between screenwriter Alex Garland and Lionsgate. I would love to see a sequel happen, and while we wait to see whether or not it does, here's a great fan-made trailer for the possible sequel. It was created by YouTuber Whiplash Dynamo who says,
Cut together this trailer for a Dredd sequel. Really hope this becomes a reality. Dredd was such a great film and got everything about the character right. Here's hoping this trailer makes fans who want a sequel happy.
- Joey Paur
It may not have set the box office alight, but the 2012 reboot Dredd certainly won its fair share of fans, many of whom are still holding out hope for a second outing for Karl Urban's Lawman of the Future. Well, those hopes have been raised this week, with Urban stating at Destination Star Trek Frankfurt (via WhatCulture) that "conversations" have been taking place with the studio about a sequel, which would reunite The Lord of the Rings and Star Trek star with writer-producer Alex Garland.
As it happens Garland has plans for three movies (read what he had to say about his Dredd trilogy at the 2012 London Film and Comic-Con here), and with the film performing well on home video, it seems that a sequel is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility. Would you like to see Urban don the helmet once again? Let us know in the »
- Gary Collinson
Karl Urban's "Judge Dredd" reboot, called "Dredd," hit theaters in 2012 and went on to become a massive flop, grossing only $35 million worldwide on a budget of $50 million. But unlike the Sylvester Stallone film, which has an abysmal 18% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes, "Dredd" has an impressive 78%, which means that critics enjoyed it. It turns out that fans enjoyed it as well, since "Dredd" become somewhat of a hit on DVD and Blu-ray. But despite that, Lionsgate had no interest in developing a sequel. Soon after, Urban said that a sequel may happen, but it would require for fans to be vocal about it. Apparently fans listened and have been requesting "Dredd 2," because now, Urban revealed that there have been conversation with the studio and writer Alex Garland about doing a second installment. And that it may actually happen. »
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