You have probably heard a lot about producer Adi Shankar over the past few weeks, after he released two new short films from his "Bootleg Universe," Power/Rangers and the 007 adventure In Service of Nothing. What you may not know is Adi Shankar has produced a number of major Hollywood movies, such as Machine Gun Preacher,The Grey, Killing Them Softly, Lone Survivor and last year's A Walk Among the Tombstones. Out of all of his movies, though, 2012's Dredd 3D remains the one that fans desperately want a sequel for. And now he is here to tell us how this can happen.
We've heard plenty of talk abut Dredd 2 over the past few years, with the fans even putting together an online petition to drum up support, which received over 100,000 signatures. Unfortunately, while Dredd 3D was a critical hit, it failed at the box office, taking in just $13.4 million domestically and $35.6 million worldwide. Yesterday, Adi Shankar posted a video on his YouTube page, where he lists the things that need to happen, in order for Dredd 2 to get made.
"For Dredd 2 to happen, two things need to happen. One, all of the distributors from the international territories need to re-acquire the film. Two, we need to get a U.S. distributor, Lionsgate, or somebody else, and that's not something I'm concerned about. At it's previous budget level, Dredd lost almost every distributor money, so there are only three options, as I see it. One, lower the f---ing budget. Maybe Dredd 2 is found footage? I don't know. I wouldn't watch it, but maybe it's found footage. Two, bring out a filmmaker who would really move the needle, someone like David Fincher. But that's not realistic. That's not going to happen, because filmmakers who would move the needle aren't in the business of directing sequels to someone else's franchise. That's just now how it works. Three, a movie star. Maybe we pair (Dredd 3D star) Karl Urban with another movie star who boosts the value of the film. Maybe we get The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) in and save the franchise, because The Rock saves everybody's franchises."
Sounds simple, right? It would likely be far more simple if Dredd 3D would have pulled in much more money at the box office, both domestically and internationally, but that didn't happen. With that being said, if Adi Shankar was somehow able to convince Dwayne Johnson to star in Dredd 2, it would certainly do wonders to ease financiers concerns about the box office potential for the sequel. Adi Shankar does have a point about Dwayne Johnson "saving" franchises, since he brought both the Fast & Furious and G.I. Joe franchises to new heights after signing on. Would you like to see Dwayne Johnson star alongside Karl Urban in Dredd 2? Do you think there's any chance that could happen? Chime in with your thoughts below, and take a look at Adi Shankar's six-minute video where he breaks down film financing models below.