Just as /sdcc-2010-excl-video-karl-urban-is-judge-dredd/MovieWeb confirmed back in July at Comic-Con, Empire is now reporting that Karl Urban is in fact Judge Dredd, and producers Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich have shed some light on what they plan to do with the character.

"The main thing about Judge Dredd is that it's a fantastic comic that was completely messed up 20 years ago," said Macdonald. "Our idea is to make a very hard, R-rated, gritty, realistic movie of Dredd in Megacity, so we've got to get the tone right. He's not going to take off his helmet. His bike is going to feel real. He's going to hit people and it's going to feel real."

"There's been a change in comic-book movies; they were treated unseriously and now they're treated seriously. We've cast a guy called Karl Urban to play Dredd. We'll be shooting in Johannesburg, it's being directed by Pete Travis, we're shooting with the people who did District 9 - and if we get it right, Alex has a couple of ideas for other stories as well. It's not based on any one comic, and John Wagner is involved in every decision."

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