For those of you who were hoping that the new Judge Dredd movie would be a hardcore live-action adaptation of the comic, you're in luck. The MPAA just slapped a nice big R-rating on Dredd for strong and bloody violence, language, drug use, and some sexual content.
We knew that this is what the film's production team was going for, it's just nice to see that they followed through with what they said they'd do. Here's what producer Andrew Macdonald had to say about it back in 2010...
The main thing about Dredd is that it’s a fantastic comic that was completely messed up 20 years ago. 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.
The movie was directed by Peter Travis (Vantage Point) from a script written by Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine). It stars Karl Urban who looks like a badass in the lead role, and Olivia Thirlby. All along they've been wanting to make this movie right, and it's looking like that's exactly what they've done. I can't wait to see it!
Here's the synopsis:
DREDD takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd (Karl Urban) is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot – if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Peter Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.
Dredd hits theaters September 21st, 2012. What do you think about this movie getting an R-rating?