EXCLUSIVE: Pete Travis Not Directing ‘Dredd 2’; the Director Remains Hopeful for a Sequel

Writer Alex Garland and star Karl Urban have a trilogy in mind for this under-seen comic book adaptation.
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EXCLUSIVE: Pete Travis Not Directing ‘Dredd 2’; the Director Remains Hopeful for a Sequel

Pete Travis is not directing Dredd 2Dredd 3D, an adaptation of the popular UK comic book series, was a criminally under-seen action film that quickly gained a cult following upon its short theatrical release back in September of last year. Fans loved it and want a sequel, which might still happen if the Blu-ray and DVD, released this past Tuesday, become a hit.

Director Pete Travis thinks there will be a follow-up. He is very hopeful, and revealed to us that writer Alex Garland and star Karl Urban have a trilogy in mind. That said, he doesn't think he will return to the helm, though.

"I don't think so. I really hope there is a second one. I just feel very lucky to have been involved in the first one. It has been a great experience for me. I read Alex Garland's script two years ago, and I feel in love with it then. I have enjoyed the whole process of working on that with him, and bringing it to the screen. It was extraordinary. I hope they get the chance to make another one. I think Dredd is an extraordinary character. I think Karl Urban captured him so perfectly. I think there is a real beautiful future there."

He continued, revealing what Alex has in mind for a follow-up.

"I think Alex Garland has a trilogy in his mind. I think there is a whole exciting journey in front of Dredd if Alex and Karl Urban get to take him on that journey. The future is really exciting for him. Especially in terms of going with some of the other characters from the comic book. Finding out more about where Dredd comes from. I also think its exciting, the possibilities. The first film does go all out as a visual feast. Whoever gets a chance to do the others willl take that, and make it even more exciting. I can't wait to see it.

I don't really know how the sequel thing works, really. I hope they get another chance to make a second film. I think Karl Urban...He is Dredd. It would be really exciting for them to make another, and go further with that character. I sincerely hope so..."

Is Pete Travis done with the comic book genre? Not by a long shot.

"No. I wasn't looking for a comic book movie when I found Dredd. Like I say, it was all about the script. There is another comic book script that I have been sent, that I quite like. I hope it might get made this year. I think comic books and graphic novels are exciting. I think there are tons of ways to make them more real. It's an area I am really excited about."

Can he tell us which comic book movie he is working on?

"No, not at the moment. It is in the early stage."

With so many directors passing on Star Wars: Episode VII, is it possible that this visionary action master might be next in line for the job offer?

"I wouldn't count out anything in this business, really. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? Who wouldn't be interested in that? I loved it as a kid. I loved it while I was growing up. So, who knows?"

What do you think? Do you want Dredd 2? Is Pete Travis a good candidate for Star Wars: Episode VII? Share your thoughts below.

Dredd 3D was released September 21st, 2012.

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  • PsychoMovieJunkie • 7 months ago

    I hope they do a sequel. For a dark, gritty, sci-fi/action film. That one was pretty good. I especially liked Karl Urban. He played Dredd as a sci-fi "Dirty Harry", and played it well...


    • Lotfi-Hdv • 2 years ago

      I can't sleep until I see a trilogy, I might even do a hunger strike


      • Juicy1 • 3 years ago

        I want their to be a Dredd 2 and 3 movie. I want action figures and vehicle toys to be made.


        • Alderaan-Gotblownup • 3 years ago

          Come ooonnnnn, trilogy!!!

          *fingers crossed*


          • mordorwolf • 3 years ago

            Watched Dredd twice(!) this weekend with my son. It is a stunning film in every sense and they should definiteley make a sequel and a third movie to follow. I really hope they do - we wouldn't like to be disappointed!


            • Bradley-Conder • 3 years ago

              Well I am very happy that they are at least still talking about a sequel and that the idea hasn't been completely shelved. Perhaps the recent strong home release as well as an expectation of a better turnout for the sequel will convince them to make it.


              • rudy • 3 years ago

                They have to get someone better for the marketing because seriously, there wasn't even a trailer for the first one until 3 months before the release!! And get some more character development and more insight into the Dredd Universe. The first one was just one giant fight scene.


                • ev1l-spoon • 3 years ago

                  I really enjoyed the Dredd 3D loved the use of slow-mo and the 3D was done correctly, also like the fact no removing of the helmet, not like the poor Stallone version.

                  When I got to speak to Karl Urban about Dredd he said he would be right there for the sequel plus he would never want to remove Dredd's helmet.


                  • Grimwolf • 3 years ago

                    @corey Agreed


                    • corey • 3 years ago

                      Both this and John Carter deserve sequels. Sadly, we'll never see them.


                      • moviemouse • 3 years ago

                        i don't think dredd was underrated its efforts were widely recognized by fans and a lot of critics yet i personally don't know why everyone loved it so much


                        • bruce-ha • 3 years ago

                          I really think Dredd was underrated. It was a really good action movie. Karl Urban should bulk up a few pounds for the sequel to look more menacing.


                          • the-crow2k • 3 years ago

                            Pete Travis did a good job, he deserves to come back.


                            • justhim-sir • 3 years ago

                              Just saw it yesterday (thanks Netflix) and it wasn't bad, the special effects were awesome (made me wish I would have saw it in 3D). I do hope there's a sequel and if not then they should really look into television.


                              • crypt • 3 years ago

                                Didn't even See Dredd. Kinda want to though. I know it did not even make it's money back in the box office, and I hate to sound negative, but even if the DVD does well, the studio probably wouldn't want to fund another one... So it might have to be independent.


                                • Fry-3000 • 3 years ago

                                  Loved dredd. Watched the Stallone one again just recently. This one was just a sigh of relieve on how good it was. Please do a sequel - hopefully judge death, or what I've been reading ,

                                  'the robot wars'. Fingers crossed


                                  • julianroman • 3 years ago

                                    Dredd 3D was so underrated. Really hope we get to see urban in this role again.


                                    • cryhwks • 3 years ago

                                      I loved Dredd The Avengers & Dredd where my 2 favorite movies of 2012 & I really hope they make a sequel.


                                      • Robert-Beadle • 3 years ago

                                        bring on the sequal.


                                        • dbzfan91 • 3 years ago

                                          Just watched the blu ray... second time seeing it and still really enjoyed it for what it was... I really like Olivia Thirlby I hope they bring her back too.


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