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? 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 think it will happen (let me rephrase that)...I don't think it's happening with me and the people who made the last one."
He also spoke candidly about the things he regrets about Dredd 3D, and how it was not their intention to make a "failed movie."
"The Dredd thing is a surprise. 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 to do this thing and honor what you did, and try to do it properly, and then the film will reward that trust. That act of faith and trust and decency. And I think that the film rewarded them in one sense, but no in another. I do believe it rewarded them creatively, unless they're lying to me about that. But I think it has created this thing of this movie that fails. The story of Dredd is that of a failed movie. Both times, for fuck's sake. And to be party to that, when that was exactly the intention-to not do that-is kind of difficult."
He added that, while he's grateful to fans who spend their money on buying DVDs in hopes of getting the sequel made, it won't help Dredd 2's chances of ever happening.
"And I also feel a sense of responsibility because I know there are these people who do this stuff like they've got money and they spend money on a DVD to try and up the chance of a sequel getting made. Because I don't have an online profile or persona or anything like that I can't speak to these people directly, but what I want to say is that's so good of you, and thank you, but keep your money because the people who make the decisions don't get moved by that kind of thing. They're moved by other stuff, other equations, other algorithms."
What do you think about Alex Garland's comments? Do you think all hope is lost for Dredd 2? Let us know what you think below. The filmmaker makes his directorial debut with the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, which just debuted at the South By Southwest Film Festival before hitting theaters on April 10.