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If you enjoyed the gritty Power Rangers movie that caused some controversy regarding its legality this week, now it's time to become familiar with more of Adi Shankar's productions. We don't mean his commercial Hollywood features, like Lone Survivor. The Grey and Killing Them Softly, although those are recommended, too. We mean his other "Bootleg Universe" one-shot films, of which Power/Rangers was the latest. Maybe you're already familiar with his first one, 2012's The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, which brought Thomas Jane back as the Marvel Comics antihero. He also made one for the Spider-Man villain Venom and last year produced an animated Judge Dredd web series, which wasn't tied in any way to Dredd, the official comic book adaptation he worked...
- Christopher Campbell
If you caught Carole King performing with Sara Bareilles at the 2014 Grammys, you’d know just how timeless an artist King and her work are. Her Diamond graded pop-album Tapestry from 1971 is a masterpiece, and one of the best selling albums of all time. And though today King maybe doesn’t get the indie cred as some of her ’70s, singer/songwriter female contemporaries like say, Joni Mitchell, that may be about to change.
Broadway World was the first to report that Sony has just secured the rights to adapt the Broadway hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, along with King’s life rights, her songwriting collaborators’ life rights, and the rights to many of her hit songs including “The Locomotion,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “So Far Away,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and “You’ve Got a Friend.”
- Brian Welk
This week Neil Calloway wonders why Britain doesn’t make films based on comics…
As someone who usually bemoans the apparent abundance of sequels and comic book adaptations, I was disappointed to hear Alex Garland’s announcement this week that there would not be a sequel to the 2012 film Dredd. Not just because I liked the film, and haven’t had a conversation with someone who didn’t like it (admittedly, I’ve only had a few conversations about it), not just because it was a messed up comic book film aimed squarely at grown ups, but because it was that rarest of things; a good British comic book movie.
Unfortunately, despite near universal good reviews, it made very little money – less than its $45 million dollar budget – and less than half, in fact, than the first Judge Dredd film, widely derided as a failure and released twenty years ago.
- Neil Calloway
Alex Garland, the writer behind some of the best sci-fi in recent years, has finally put to bed any hopes we may have had about him re-teaming with Karl Urban for another movie about the toughest damn lawman in the world. Dredd was something of a conundrum in that it recieved rave reviews and was adored by action and sci-fi fans alike back in 2012. Modestly budgeted at $50 million, it should have been a no brainer that it garnered enough support to warrant more stories from the 2001Ad universe. Unfortunately, all that support didn't put bums on seats and the movie only made $35 million, therefore classing it as a failure in the eyes of the studio. There have been campaigns to try and resurrect the movie by boosting DVD sales, but now Alex Garland has spoken out about the possibility of a sequel and unfortunately it isn't good news. "There isn't, »
- email@example.com (Dave Higgins)
Artificial intelligence seems to be a popular topic in science fiction these days–between giving life to a robot in Neill Blomkamp's Chappie, to extending life in Wally Pfister's Transcendence. The latest A.I. tale is Ex Machina, the feature directing debut of sci-fi screenwriter Alex Garland, whose past work includes 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd. How does he fare bringing to life his own script? Better than expected. Ex Machina is an engaging, amusing sci-fi thriller that literally asks provocative questions, with smart lines of dialogue that touch upon fascinating, honest topics. Garland digs deep with this movie, bringing up questions and concerns about artificial intelligence that not many others have really addressed. There's no question that Garland is a very capable science fiction storyteller, and his expertise in writing is obvious as the script for Ex Machina is sleek and sexy. Essentially, »
- Alex Billington
This is one of those news stories where you know how it's going to end, sadly. Alex Garland's excellent movie, Ex Machina, is shortly to get its Us release, and he's done promotional work for the picture at the SXSW Festival. Inevitably, the subject of Dredd and Dredd 2 came up.
Bottom line: the sequel's still not happening.
"It’s a really complicated set of emotions. I have a lot of regret about how things worked out with Dredd, but it’s very gratifying. The regret it - you do a kind of transaction, particularly with the creators of it, which is that we want »
Hollywood will remake just about anything. They will give just about anything a sequel. What’s more, Hollywood loves superhero and comic book movies to the point that a sequel is already preordained before the film comes out. And the Internet has proven that if they demand hard enough, they can get just about anything.
But even that system has its limits. A number of fans have been desperately buying up DVD copies of Dredd, the comic book movie from 2012, in the hopes that a sequel might actually happen. In fact, the movie was the number one selling new release on DVD back when it was released on Blu-Ray.
Garland spoke to io9 about his directorial debut Ex Machina (watch the »
- Brian Welk
If you're hoping that a sequel to "Dredd 3D" will ever see the light of day, you may be in for disappointment.
Granted the chances were always very slim at best, with the well regarded relaunch of the Judge Dredd brand scoring only $35.6 million worldwide from a $50 million budget. An online petition clocked over 100,000 signatures asking for a sequel, and producer Adi Shankar recently discussed online what would be required for a sequel to happen.
However, this week the first film's screenwriter Alex Garland says that while fan support has been great, ultimately there's nothing much that can be done. Asked about the fan support for a sequel, he tells Collider:
"How can I say this without being soppy? It's touching. It means something that these people support the film in that way, but the thing people want, which is a sequel, I don't think is going to happen. I »
- Garth Franklin
Okay, maybe that headline is a little harsh. After all, producer Adi Shankar has been talking about Dredd 2 long enough (as has everyone else involved in the first film) long enough now that you may have gotten the impression a sequel was in the cards. Fact is, when a movie makes $35.6 million on a $50 million budget, that's far too much money for a film to lose if the hope is for any kind of a sequel and screenwriter and co-producer Alex Garland is here to assure you of that. Speaking with io9, Garland said, "There isn't, as far as I can tell, going to be a Dredd sequel. The basic mechanics of film financing say that if you make a film that loses a ton of money, you're not going to get a sequel. And that's basically what happened." But, but, but... what about all the extra Blu-rays and DVDs »
- Brad Brevet
Speaking at SXSW, Garland told Collider that the post-cinema cult success of the film was "a surprise".
"It's a really complicated set of emotions," he said. "I have a lot of regret about how things worked out with Dredd, but it's very gratifying.
"The story of Dredd is that of a failed movie. Both times, for f**k's sake. And to be party to that, when that was exactly the intention - to not do that - is kind of difficult."
He also advised Dredd fans that they should not spend their money on attempting to have a sequel made because it is unlikely to make a difference.
"I feel a sense of responsibility because I know there are these people who do this stuff," he said, "like they've got money and they »
It seems like a few weeks can't pass without some kind of minor bit of chatter about the status of the "Dredd" sequel. Earlier this month, producer Adi Shankar explained how a follow-up could potentially happen by working with a smaller budget, getting a name brand director, and co-star for note for Karl Urban. But as everyone has long suspected, the notion of a sequel happening is a pipe dream, and screenwriter Alex Garland has finally made it clear that you might want to stop waiting for "Dredd 2." "There isn't, as far as I can tell, going to be a 'Dredd' sequel. The basic mechanics of film financing say that if you make a film that loses a ton of money, you're not going to get a sequel. And that's basically what happened," he told io9 during a roundtable talk, offering a counterpart to Shankar's more optimistic view. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Stop trying to make Dredd 2 happen. It’s not going to happen. That's basically the latest word to come from the first film’s screenwriter, Alex Garland. Fans have been vocal about their desire for a sequel, after they saw Karl Urban shoot up the place in Pete Travis’ 2012 film. Like an Iron Man 4 or another solo Hulk movie, we’ll believe it when we see it, but Garland doesn’t believe we’ll see anything for quite some time. In an interview with Collider for his directorial debut, Ex Machina, Garland was pretty blunt in suggesting fans scratch their plans to Kickstart this into ignition. Though he found the film to be "creatively satisfying," and he hoped the same for his colleagues, he referred to the story of Dredd as "that of a failed movie. Both times, »
Earlier this month Dredd producer Adi Shankar explained what needs to happen in order for a sequel to get made, but screenwriter Alex Garland doesn't believe Dredd 2 is going to happen. Garland's first film as a director Ex MacHina opens next month, and during a conversation with Collider said if there is going to be another Dredd movie it is very unlikely he will be involved. How can I say this without being soppy? It’s touching. It means something that these »
- Jesse Giroux
It's been a year and a half since Dredd 3D became both a critical hit and a box office flop at the same time, taking in just $35.6 million worldwide from a $50 million production budget. While fans didn't show up in droves when it was released in 2012, it has developed a rabid cult following with some fans even starting an Internet petition that has over 100,000 signatures asking Lionsgate to give the green light for a sequel. Producer Adi Shankar even sent out a video earlier this month explaining what needs to happen in order for a sequel to get made. However, even if the follow-up does come to fruition, it will likely happen without Dredd 3D screenwriter Alex Garland, who revealed in a new interview that he doesn't think Dredd 2 will happen anytime soon. Here's what he had to say, adding that the fans' support has been "touching."
"How can I say this without being soppy? »
Bad news for fans holding out hope for a sequel to 2012’s Dredd, as writer-producer Alex Garland has ruled out the possibility of a follow-up to the cult favourite during an interview with io9 to promote the release of his directorial debut Ex Machina. Check out his comments below…
There isn’t, as far as I can tell, going to be a Dredd sequel. The basic mechanics of film financing say that if you make a film that loses a ton of money, you’re not going to get a sequel. And that’s basically what happened.
And I understand and appreciate the support the film has had, and the campaigns that have existed for it, and it’s really genuinely gratifying — I love it in all respects except one, which is when I hear about people buying copies of the DVD in order to boost sales and to change the figures. »
- Gary Collinson
How many times will Alex Garland have to trot out variations on his same stock answer concerning the fate of Dredd 2? The screenwriter, who penned the 2012 comic book adaptation, seems to be constantly fielding questions on the topic despite having responded many times via many, many outlets.
Seeing as the incredibly talented scribe has recently made the leap to directing with his absolutely stunning sci-fi masterpiece Ex Machina, that means he’s out and about chatting up the press.
During a roundtable interview at SXSW, he was asked once more on the sequel that just won’t die. While his opinion remains firm on the matter (Dredd 2 still isn’t happening), Garland does offer some money-saving tips for eager fans who are barking up the wrong tree:
There isn’t, as far as I can tell, going to be a Dredd sequel. The basic mechanics of film financing say that »
- Gem Seddon
Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1922…
Borag Thungg, Earthlets!
After the conclusion of John Wagner’s latest Dark Judges story last week, Ian Edington and Simon Colbey take over for this speedily read instalment of Dredd. It’s a filler issue through-and-through, similar to how Scott Snyder punctuates his Batman arcs with one-shot tales, which nicely regrounds Dredd after his recent space-bound escapades. The story itself is narrated to a class of trainee Judges, asking them why Dredd has spent five minutes every day for the entirety of his career standing sentinel at the Pirenesi Pastabowl – the oldest and busiest interchange in Mega City One. It’s a tactical move. More people – potential perps, killers, heist planners – pass through this point each day more than anywhere else. How many must have been put off by seeing that unforgiving chin? Simple, elegant and wonderfully told.
Not much, though, can put off a giant, »
- Oli Davis
Ex Machina, the directorial debut from screenwriter and producer Alex Garland (Never Let Me Go, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Dredd) may be the antidote for your original sci-fi blues. At least that’s what the response in the film’s run in the UK and other countries suggests, and what the very positive reviews out of SXSW seem […]
- Russ Fischer
Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler hits theaters this weekend, though you wouldn't likely know it considering I haven't even received an email about it and that's no big surprise after the savaging it received at the Toronto Film Festival last year. However, something good has come out of its release, which is a sit down with Adam Sandler's co-star in the film, Method Man. Speaking with Rotten Tomatoes (via FilmDrunk), Method Man revealed his top five (six) favorite films and it's not necessarily the list that's so great (though trust me, you aren't likely to guess them), but more his explanations. First, the list: Frailty (dir. Bill Paxton) The Station Agent (dir. Thomas McCarthy) Napoleon Dynamite (dir. Jared Hess) Snow On Tha Bluff (dir. Damon Russell) The Raid / Dredd (dir. Gareth Evans / Pete Travis) Now the best explanation for why he liked any of these movies comes with his explanation for Napoleon Dynamite, »
- Brad Brevet
Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1921…
Borag Thungg, Earthlets!
John Wagner and Greg Staples’ Judge Dredd story ‘Dark Justice’ finally concludes this week with Dredd and Anderson finally escaping Judge Death and Co. in space. The strip started off with slow-building promise, but cheapened the story by using tongue-in-cheek humour and an unsatisfying final battle. If it wasn’t for Staples’ art, this would be one of the more forgettable Dark Judges stories. Thankfully, his painterly photorealism is stunning. Just look at the wrinkles of Dredd’s terse lip on page two.
If that lip was in Savage, it’d be augmented with bio-robotics. After last week’s scintillating instalment, where Bill let a Hammerstein robot murder the leader of Britain’s main post-war political party (it was Ok though, because he was kind of a douche), our hero’s long-lost brother Jack is revealed as the mastermind behind the Grinder attacks. »
- Oli Davis
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