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Title: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Molch-R on 23 August, 2012, 06:41:43 pm
Hi everyone. 

I'm glad of this chance to finally communicate with you.

I read the 2000AD message boards through pre-production, shooting, and post-production.  I never posted, because I thought it would muddy the waters.  But I appreciated what I read here immensely, and paid close attention to your hopes and concerns, and found it extremely motivating.  The forum was also a brilliant resource.  I could always tell when a story had broken about the production, because the page count on the main thread would jump.

I have a particular sense of gratitude to Goaty, because he was so optimistic and supportive.  He lifted me out of some very dark moods.  I was also frequently grateful for Joe Soap's ability to correctly interpret a situation, and debunk a rumour, based on very little information.  In fact, he was sometimes so accurate that I used to wonder if he worked on the production.  He must surely work in post production.  (Are you an editor, Joe?)

As you have already noticed, I put some thank-yous in the movie, in the form of Easter Eggs.  There's a few left - Radiator and Joe Soap among them.  But there are so many others I could have included, like Crave Noir, who has done an amazing job on his twitter feed, and a very erudite guy who posts on other sites called Sauchie Boy.  The list is huge.

I hope that the names I did include can be seen as a representative thank-you to all of you.  That aside, obviously, I really hope you like the film.  In a tangible way, not just as name-checking, it was made for you.

Anyway.  I'll answer the questions, and then go back to radio silence.

Cheers

Alex




RADIATOR:

Q:  I was wondering about the collaboration with John Wagner - obviously without going into specifics, how much did the film and the script change as a result of his input?

The film is already quite notorious for it's violence - did you encounter problems with this aspect? Was there ever a pressure to tone things down?

A:  Hi, Radiator. 

John read the script in various forms and drafts, he saw concept art and uniform/bike designs, he came to the set, and he saw different cuts of the film.  Each time, I would sit down with him afterwards and listen carefully.  And invariably, after our exchange, something in the film would change.  You said don't go into specifics - but I will give an example, just because it's illustrative.  About halfway through post-production, John saw an edit and said he thought there should be another moment with Anderson, right at the very end of the film.  We didn't have the money to create the moment in our reshoots.  So instead I took a Dredd/Anderson two-shot from the start of the movie, got Dredd digitally erased from the frame, and stuck it where John suggested.  And he was right.  It made a huge difference to the ending.  And - I'm sure you realise - that example is just one of many.

John is modest about his contribution, but it was considerable.  And the same is true of Jock, by the way, on both counts.

With regard to the violence, I saw on these boards that there was a rumour many months ago about the violence needing to be toned down.  That particular rumour was not true.  All the financiers and distributors had read the script, and knew exactly what they were getting into.


CYCLOPZ

Q: You mentioned at LFCC that if Dredd took £50 mil at the US box office we will definitely get to have sequels. If we were to get sequels on the scale of Total war or Necropolis for example how big a budget would you need? What would you have liked to include in this film but were unable to due to budgetary concerns that you'd like to include in future films?

A:  Difficult to say what money you would need to do one of those big destruction epics properly.  You could spend north of $100 million perfectly easily.  But if you were clever, much less.  Dredd would have cost at least twice as much as it did, if not for the miracle work of Michael Elson, John Thum and their VFX team.  They show what can be achieved by having an intelligent and brave approach to CG, to work around limited resources.  But if you want a figure, I'll say $60M, just in case someone actually offers the money to do it...

In terms of what I would have liked to do in this film, but couldn't... in general terms I would have liked to spend more time showing the immense texture and variety of Mega City One.  And I wanted to swap out (or modify) most of the vehicles, but in the end it was too expensive.

LEE BATES

Q:  I'd just like to ask, are there any supporting characters from the Judge Dredd comic strip that you would like to appear in any future films?

A:  If I was involved in a second movie, it would be about origins and subversion, and Chopper would feature.  In fact, I think Chopper would start and end the story.  Apart from him, my rough plan involves Fargo, Giant, Angel Gang, and a version of Satanus.  For a trilogy, add Cal and the dark judges.  And Anderson would be in all three.  But... just to be clear, this is hugely speculative and also unlikely, for any number of reasons. 

GOATY:

Did you enjoy productions of Dredd? I was wonder, is there many more names of City blocks for us to find, can you give us more clues?

I was wonder as you are the fan of 2000AD, what is your favourite 2000AD characters/stories, and Dredd story (maybe your fave three Dredd stories as if one was America so be fair  )


A:  Goaty, you're awesome.  And by the way, you haven't spotted your only cameo.

The production was hard, but - yes - very enjoyable.  The cast and crew were full of fiercely talented and totally committed people.  When the cameras rolled, Karl Urban became Dredd in a way that was exhilarating for a middle-aged Dredd fan to see.  And working alongside people like Anthony Dodd Mantle, who filmed the movie, and was fundamental in creating the aesthetic, is deeply rewarding and educational.

Apart from Peach Trees and Sternhammer, most of the block names are named after artists and writers of 2000AD, one with a horrifically embarrassing typo.  One block was named after Tom Frame, for reasons you will all understand.  I called one block Elysium, as a nod to the follow-up toBlomkamp's District 9, because District 9 helped us get Dredd made, and was a brilliant movie besides.  A couple of blocks are named after friends.  And there was also a block (Atlantic Towers) which was chosen as a deliberately neutral and non-distracting name, because of the particular shot it appears in.

Yes, I'm a fan of 2000AD.  Favourite Dredd stories (and long-running characters), apart from America...  Judge Child, Cal, Chopper, Orlok, Kenny Who, Origins. 


COLIN_YNWA

Q:  Given that, I imagine (well a man's allowed to) you live a jet setting life style, surrounded by glamorous movie types and famous, shiny actors and the like what was meeting John Wagner like? Does a man so  well versed (???) with celebrity still get star struck when you meet someone whose created an icon?

What did you think of The Peach Tree and have you been back?

Edited - uh one more going on from Goaty's question. Which other 2000ad character would you like to see made into a movie, regardless of practicalities and what character do you think might actually make the best movie?


A:  Some might say that finding time to answer all the questions on this thread is not indicative of a jet set life...

On my first meeting with John, we arranged that he would pick me and Andrew up at the train station.  I emailed to ask how I would recognise him, and he wrote back saying: I look like a bent cop.  He's right.  He does.  But it really made me laugh, and stopped me from feeling nervous.

Peach Trees was great.  On our next meeting, we unwisely went somewhere else, where we bought 1970s-style British Rail ham and cheese sandwiches.  Nostalgic, but not as good as the Peach Trees club with fries.

If I were to work on another 2000AD character?  Strontium Dog or Button Man.  But I tried to get Button Man, and John went with Nicolas Winding Refn instead.  Which - and I mean this sincerely - was a better choice. Nicolas Winding Refn is perfect for it.


DRACULA_1

Q:  Mr. Garland what is your one overall favourite aspect of the Dredd universe?

A: Does it sound too glib if I say 'Dredd'?  If so, then I would say Mega City One.  I think the city and the mega blocks are almost as brilliant an invention as the judges.


PROUDHUFF

Q:  What's more scarey, Zombie fans or Dreddheads? and who would win in a fight?

A: Dreddheads seem like a largely friendly bunch, on the basis of these boards.  But why does there have to be a fight?  Why can't the world just get along?


INDIGOPRIME

Q:  Are there any other 2000 AD strips you think could work well on the big screen, and would you been keen on working on such films, given the opportunity/budget/stars aligning?

A:  As mentioned above, I think Button Man is a natural for a film.  It's extremely cinematic, and a very pure concept.  You could say the same for Rogue Trooper as well.  It wouldn't surprise me if film producers started mining 2000AD in the way that Marvel and DC have been mined.  But I don't think it will be me working on those things.  On Dredd we (we being Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich and me) were punching above our weight, in budget terms.  I think most 2000AD stories require a level of finance that I am not suited for.


KLUTE

Q: Do you feel at all daunted by the fact that America are getting Dredd after the UK? and do you feel more suited towards action films after now filming Dredd? or are you happiest mixing it up?

I would just like to thank you and everybody concerned with getting Dredd to the cinema's.and hopefully Dredd will lead to more Dredd film's and more exposure to 2000ad

A: Thanks for the kind words.

Releasing the film in the UK first is a gamble, but I think it's appropriate.  It's a British comic and a British film.  And if it's going to work anywhere, I guess it's here.  And yes, I definitely like mixing it up, in terms of projects.  Right now, I'm not in any hurry to do an action movie, and am hoping to do something much quieter and slower, more in the Never Let Me Go/Sunshine mode.

I agree with regard to exposure to 2000AD.  I very much hope the same thing.


IAMTHESYSTEM

Q: Did you read 2000AD when you were younger?  Which 2000AD characters appealed to you the most?

Which writers past and present do you admire ? Amongst their works which would you most want to convert into a screenplay?

Have you an idea so momentous you can't wait to turn it into the hottest script property ever and can you give us a clue, cryptic or otherwise to what that might be  ?

A:  I did read 2000AD when I was younger.  I started during the Judge Child quest, and it blew my mind.  I'd never read anything remotely as visceral and exciting.  My favourite character apart from Dredd was Strontium Dog.  I reread much of that material in the recent(ish) Rebellion reprints.  They're even better than I remembered.  Stunning.  And arguably Ezquerra's most amazing work.  I think he's the absolute equal of Möbius, and I feel surprised he isn't more acknowledged as one of the all-time great comic book artists.

In terms of writers, I particularly admire JG Ballard, Kazuo Ishiguro, John Wagner, and Alan Moore.  I was consciously influenced by all of them.

As for whether I have ever had an idea for the hottest script property ever, self-evidently, no.


BLACKMOCCO

Q: Cheers for the letter and prop, Alex!

I've read a bunch of interviews with yourself since this whole thing kicked off but I'm really curious as to why you chose Dredd as a project. Was this something in the back of your mind you'd always wanted to do or was it a case of somebody reminding you of the character one day years after reading the strip and giving you an idea...?

The relatively low budget's always mentioned with this movie and personally speaking, I felt the stripped down approach is to the movie's advantage in setting it apart from all the usual comic-book bilge. There's no over-designing with the production, everything is simply there for functionality and leaves you able to focus completely on the stuff that matters (and costs nothing) like character and story. However, would you be willing to speculate how differently you might have approached the script had you been able to raise $250 mil? Would you have approached it differently at all...?


A:  Blackmocco, it was the least I could do.  I felt deeply frustrated when I read what had happened to you.  And then felt equally pleased that in the end, the film was worth the wait. 

I started working on Dredd because Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich at DNA were smart enough to realise they could get the rights.  They then asked if I wanted to be involved, and I made it clear that if I wasn't involved we would never speak again.

As to the budget question... In film-theory terms, it's a really interesting area.  I genuinely believe that big budgets don't help creativity.  Not only because a big budget creates a brutally pressing need to recoup, but also because the tight parameters of low budgets force you to take creative risks.  So - honestly - I would have turned down $250M, because it doesn't interest me.  That said, I would have liked to have been able to have more options with a couple of the sequences, and more 'money' VFX shots.  So if someone would have offered me an extra $5-10M, I'd have bitten their hand off.  But no more than that.

RICHARD

Q:  If the studio commissions a sequel, would you definitely do it? Or have we assumed too much?

A:  There are some variables which would rule me out immediately. 

BAT KING

Q: Alex, what question should we have asked?

A: Don't tempt me. 


BANNERS

Q:  Is there any chance you might pen a Dredd episode for the Prog?

A:  I tried!  Found it incredibly intimidating.  Matt Smith ended up writing it instead, and made it obvious why I was intimidated.

MARDROID

Q: Perhaps not all that original but in your view, is Dredd a hero or villain? Taking into account what he actually stands for...

A:  Technically, I'd say he's an anti-hero.  But if you had to choose between the two, he's a hero, because his moral compass is correctly aligned.
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Molch-R on 23 August, 2012, 06:42:15 pm


PETE WELLS

Q: As (some) cinema goers seem to be a bit jaded by 3D, I love how you cleverly incorporated it into the movie as almost an integral part of the plot. IF we get sequels, do you envisage those to be in 3D and if so, have you thought of another way to exploit the medium?


A:  Hello, Pete.  I really regret not putting your name on a block.  Next time, if there is one...

I like 3D - which is deeply unfashionable in film circles - and think that there are several of Anthony Dodd Mantle's shots that are objectively better in stereo than mono.  But... it's such a fucking drag making 3D on a budget.  Every VFX shot effectively has to be done twice.  There are two times the chances of a camera rig breaking down on set.  It hates fast camera moves.  It hates objects breaking the frame in the wrong way.  And so on.

But in the end, once we had found the right look for the slo mo drug (at the very, very closing stages of post) I was really pleased that we had persevered and made it as a stereoscopic movie.

By the way, for the record, the amount of bullshit spoken about 3D is unreal, particularly with reference to shooting in 3D versus post-conversion.  We shot in 3D, but often one lens was bust, so we post-converted.  No one can tell the difference unless they are real experts.  And often the converted shot looks better, because you have more flexibility in the stereo.  The only reason converted films got a bad reputation is because the work was rushed on some of the notable examples.  But that's like saying CG is crap, on the basis of a dodgy effects movie. 


BUTTONMAN

Q: Are you up to date with your Dredd epics and can you call a favourite? With your zombie experience could you see Judgement Day being the sequel? If not I'll take anything that isn't 'Crusade'.

A:  I'm not up to date with Dredd epics.  I reached a point of Dredd saturation during the edit, and stopped reading.  I'm still in that state, to be honest, but that might change once the film is out, and can stop obsessing about what we didn't do.

Favourite epic: Origins.

And no to Judgement Day.  I'm done with zombies.  I don't have any ideas left to steal from George Romero. 

DWEEZIL2

Q:  Would like to ask what you found the most challenging aspect of adapting the character of Judge Dredd for the big screen and how you decided on the tone of the film.

A:  Did we meet at that London comic con thing, after the Q&A?  If so, hi.  If not, hi anyway.

Honestly, adapting Dredd as a character was not hard.  He is so well defined by the comics.  There was no research.  I wasn't looking to reinvent him.  And when I got stuff wrong, Wagner was at hand to put it right.

As for the tone, I did the same thing I always do, since I first started writing.  Which is basically to approach genre as if it is real.  For me, Dredd is in a continuum with 28 Days Later, not least because they were both filmed by the same guy.

WHITBLOKE

Q:  I was wondering, perhaps a little oddly...  While conceiving of the fabric of the film’s content and what to combine and concentrate upon for the best dramatic impact and storytelling platform to put the character of Judge Dredd on...  Were there any particular aspects of the setting or character that you were most content to leave out, at least with this opening salvo? 

A: I tried not to leave anything out about Dredd's character, except I suppose that I imagined him a younger Dredd, pre the Cursed Earth walk (though that's a loose imagining, and doesn't stand up to much cross examination).  In terms of the city and the world, I was very content to avoid the overt comedy and overt satire - because I'm crap at it.  I'm sure it can be done, but I'm definitely the wrong person for the job.  I'm more comfortable with dry comedy and implicit satire.


ALBION

Q: If a sequel is made will you be shooting some of it in the UK and can we all be extras? 

A:  It's hard to shoot a medium-budget film like this in the UK because of the cost.  But if it is, you can definitely all be extras.


CRAZYFOXMACHINE

Q:  Cut out this Dredd film nonsense. When are we going to get a Judge Burdis miniseries?

A:  The boards are already a Judge Burdis mini series.  Or at least a Doomlord-style photo series.

HDE

Q: I'm just wondering, is Alex a comics fan in general? We know he's a fan of Judge Dredd, but is there anything else he's picking up? Anything that maybe ignites the old spark that says 'I wouldn't mind talking a crack at filming this'?

A:  I'm a big comics fan.  My dad worked as a cartoonist, so I grew up around comics.  He was really keen on Will Eisner, Harvey Kurtzman and Bill Elder (if those names mean anything to you).  I think for that reason, I'm a big fan of Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton and Dave Sheridan, who were the direct descendants of Kurtzman and Elder.  Likewise their modern descendants,  like Daniel Clowes, Alison Bechdel, and Chris Ware.  I was never very into the American superhero comics.  But I liked Jack Kirby drawings, and Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run, and Watchmen (obviously).

I think one of the reasons I liked 2000AD so much was that - like the Shelton/Crumb/Zap underground comic scene - it was subversive.

VZZBUX

Q: If you get the chance in the future how would you tackle the dark judges transfer from comic to screen?

A:  I think I'd try to make them really scary.  Not play them for laughs.  Just make them totally malevolent and lethal.  And use practical effects where possible, except for Fire, which would be an on-set nightmare.


DRROCKA

Q:  I'd like to know how you felt when you heard that the intial Peach Trees script had leaked online? Was it a big worry, or could you view it as something positive?

A:  It was really bad news.  Can cause huge problems.  One is that the film can get negatively pre-judged, which gives everyone an uphill battle from then on.   

On the plus side, Internet chatter generated by the leaked script did illustrate to financiers that there was a level of interest in a Dredd film that many of them were not expecting.  But given a choice, I would definitely have preferred that the script was not leaked.


MIK

Question one : Out of the following non-2000ad British comic stories, which would you most like to see adapted for the silver screen?
A) Doomlord
B) The Thirteenth Floor
or
C) Bananaman?

Question two : Did you add the 's' onto the end of Peach Tree on purpose?

A:  Of those three choices, I'll go with Doomlord.  But if I could choose my own, Axel Pressbutton.

And no, I just misremembered Peach Trees.  And I also misspelled O'Neill's name on his block, which I'm just completely confused and mortified about.


PROFESSAH BYAH

Q:  How much input did you have on the film version of Tesseract?

A:  Zero.  Likewise The Beach.  Lesson learned, after it happened twice.


BLUEMEANIE

Q: I've loved seeing all the background Easter Eggs that seem to have been put in JUST for the hardcore fans to find... block names, graffitti, bits in the news footage. I imagine when the blu-ray eventually comes out there will be people scanning it frame by frame to make sure they dont miss any

Was it an overall conscious decision to put stuff like this in or is it just something the design team have run with?

A:  Mark Digby's brilliant design team put in several Easter Eggs, though often they were aimed at crew.  Using images and names of friends and people on the crew, for example.  They also were clever about referencing the world of Mega City One, in terms of adverts, products, shop signs, etc.  But in a way, these are production design texture as much as Easter Eggs.

Most of the Easter Eggs I put in were names of forum members and 2000AD creatives.  I also put in a couple of friends who are Dredd fans, and a few poker players I admire, and (the best hidden) the gamer-tags of some people I play with on X-Box live.


TEIVION

Q: How did you feel about the decision to put the film before a crowd at SDCC12 - knowing that a harsh reaction from them would have basically killed the film before it was even released ?

If/ when there is a sequel, what will you change in your approach to it from your experience of the first ?


A: I was very worried, for exactly the reason you mention.  But... a point comes when a film comes out and... must be judged.  I say that with the same emotionally charged voice as Stallone when he reveals that he judged Rico.  So, I hope you're moved.

My tonal approach to a sequel would be the same.  But I'd definitely want to open out the story much more, within Mega City One, but also into the Cursed Earth.  And I would want to continue to exploring the character of Dredd. 

But by the way, just so it has been said, I actually think that maybe the best way forward for Dredd is television.  American TV has completely rewritten the rule book where filmed drama is concerned.  Game Of Thrones/The Wire/Breaking Bad... An equivalent version of Dredd would be fucking great.  Imagine the epics...


COMMANDO FORCES

Hi Alex,

When the announcement came for the Dredd panel to be at LFCC on both days, were you apprehensive, as this was the first true face to face meeting with the fans. Especially after the Lawmaster picture was leaked and also the strange comments about the helmet being too large!

After the Saturday panel did you then realise that the Dredd fans and general action fans were with you and did this put you in a more confident mood for the rest of the weekend and also for that tiny event over in America. I think it's called SDCC!

Is the cut of the film that we are about to see 'THE CUT' or will we see a Special Edition with even more gore in the future?

Do you know of many scenes that have been cut and if so will we see these (this goes part in part with the previous question)

Seeing as everyone else has asked most of the questions I was going to ask I shall ask a few about the DVD.

Will you be doing a commentary and if so, with who?
Is there a gag reel?
Will the DVD have an ability to go to all the little references to artists, writers, fans, etc.. I think Spaced did something with their series collection. Otherwise we may be sat glued to the screen for ever!


A:  Hello, John.

Yeah, Dredd was years of work, and presenting it to the public was scary.  About the helmet and bike - I always felt confident about the bike because I knew the difference between the leaked shot and what we had filmed.  But the helmet was trickier.  In truth, from some angles, it does look bloody enormous.  There are complex issues with the construction of the helmet which don't manifest in a 2D drawing.  It's like you'd want to build two helmets - one for straight on, and one for profile.  But three quarter angle, it always worked pretty well.

In terms of current confidence, I feel better than I did, but in no way is the movie out of the woods.  It has some huge tests ahead of it. 

Yes, the cut you will see is the cut.

Very few scenes, violent or otherwise, were entirely lost.  For people who know film making, the editor Mark Eckersley's assembly cut was 97 minutes.  That carries with it many implications, which I'm going to guess that Joe Soap would understand, one of which is that there wasn't much luxury about dropping material.  So Mark, Allon Reich (producer) and I spent a lot of time finding ways to use everything we had.  Flopping shots,  playing shots backwards, using shots twice by reframing, using sections of scenes to make new Frankenstein scenes.  Every trick we could think of.

I think it highly unlikely I will do a DVD commentary, for many reasons.  This q&a is as close as I'll get.  If I did, I'd do it with Anthony Dodd Mantle, then sit back and let him do all the talking.  And dancing... which leads me to your next question...

... because there is a gag reel.  It's mainly of Anthony dancing, and it's brilliant.

I have no idea what will happen with the DVD extras, except that if I have any say in the matter I'd love it to include some Judge Minty material.  But ultimately, it has nothing to do with me.  It's a distributor issue.


DRROCKA

Q:  Would you like to buy a Yamaha APX5 acoustic guitar off me? Comes with case, but it's been gigged a bit, to put it mildly. I'm saving up for one of those new little fender Excelsior amps, but I'm a bit skint til October.

A:  The APX5?  If only it was the APX3.2, with reverse transformer blades, and nickel flex-retainers.  I'd buy that off you like a shot, because then I'd have the set.


STEVE GREEN

 Q: How much did avoiding the shadow of the Stallone film influence the direction you took for Dredd?

If you'd had the budget of that film, would you have liked to have gone further future in set design/vehicles, or do you think the backlot nature of those types of sets is too restrictive even with a large budget.

A: Hi Steve.  The Stallone movie didn't consciously affect me at all.  The two films never felt like they were arguing over the same patch of ground.  Honestly, it was rarely mentioned during development or production, and we never all sat down and watched it, or anything like that.

Yes to vehicles, to a point.  No to set design.  Sets of exterior streets are inherently problematic and usually betray themselves, even on huge budgets.  One of the first creative decisions that Andrew, Allon and I made was that whenever we could, we would shoot in real locations, and add to reality with CG, rather than rely on CG set extensions.


RADIATOR

Q: Alex - Dredd seems very stripped down and 'realistic' (for want of a better word) compared to the world of the comics - was this a conscious choice, and if so, how do you feel about handling more overtly fantastical or science fictional elements in possible sequels? You have mentioned presenting the Dark Judges as an 'existential' threat - can you elaborate on that at all?

Essentially - is there an attempt to ape Christopher Nolan's Batman films - to remain true to the spirit of the comics while rationalising the universe to an extent?

Also - is Judge 'Lex' a little bit of sneaky wish-fullment on your part? 

A: My 'style', for want of a better word, is part stripped down realism, and part trippy and hallucinatory.  That's been the case since my first published story, The Beach.  So yes, it's totally conscious.  And also the trippy stuff allows for some quite extreme imagery, which I think could absolutely accommodate characters like the Dark Judges.

The existential side to the Dark Judges is that they don't see a point to life.  If my film-trilogy daydream was to play out, I would completely rewrite my original script for the Dark Judges - because it was junk - and start again.  And I'd make them deeply fucking weird and spooky, and sort of philosophical.  And if everyone hates that idea, relax, because it'll never happen.

Definitely not trying to ape Nolan.  No disrespect to him in the slightest.  Just not the case.  To me, by the way, the exemplar of your description (staying true to a comic while rationalising the universe) is Alan Moore. 

Lex is actually (part of) the name of one of my X-Box live friends.  But he gets called Lex online. 


BIKINI KILL

Q:  You described the need to earn $50 million (plus) at the US box office before a sequel could be guaranteed as a "simple financial equation". Are there really no more important variables? If the film did slightly less than $50 million in the US, but took many multiples of the production budget internationally, would that still not balance the equation?

How much creative input do DNA have in how the film is marketed in TV, press and on social media? Are you (collectively) coordinating and approving things like posters, taglines, trailers, and the timing of their release; or are the distributors in individual territories coming up with strategies for their own markets?

Can you say anything about the decision to feature the number '3' and the letter 'D' so prominently in the film's promotional material? This question was brought to you by Sesame Street and was a production of the Childrens' Television Workshop.

How integral was the decision to shoot the film in 3D in determining the kind of film you wanted to make? Were you certain the film would use that process when you were formulating your story, and did it influence the development of the concept of slo-mo? Were you thinking of how the film would function visually (in terms of these techniques) at the script stage?

Can you talk a little about the thematic importance of slo-mo to the film? What does it communicate to the viewer about the nature of the city and the lives of its citizens?

I've heard directors like PT Anderson and Chris Nolan talk about screening old films before and during production to give cast and crew an idea of the general tone of the film and the dynamics of specific scenes. If you'd done the same thing for Dredd, what films would you have screened and why?

Karl Urban has spoken of compiling a scrap book of images and text from the comics as inspiration and as reference material for his work on the character. If you had done the same, what stories, lines and images would have guided your creation of the screenplay and the decisions you made on set?


A:  Yes, you're right, there are variables.  But it would still be very hard to make a sequel if the film didn't perform in the US.  Dredd has different distributors in different territories.  If no American distributors are interested in the property, you have a big hole in your budget.  By the way, that $50M is not a totally reliable figure.  The variables have variables...

DNA can express an opinion on marketing, etc, but all that stuff is fundamentally in the hands of the distributor.  They bought it, so they sell it.  And they know their job.  I tend to stay completely out of it.
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Molch-R on 23 August, 2012, 06:42:29 pm
They call it 3D because we spent millions of dollars and God knows how much time and effort trying to make a cool 3D movie.  But the actual title of the film is not Dredd 3D.  It's Dredd.

At the point we raised finance, Avatar had just blown apart the film world.  During that period, if you tried to raise money for a film like Dredd, it had to be 3D.  There was no discussion, no choice.  So we embraced it.

I was definitely always thinking about how the film would work visually.  Like Sunshine, the visuals were a large amount of what the film was about.  In Sunshine, getting hypnotised by the sun.  In Dredd, the contrast between the hard reality of an urban slum, and the beautiful release of the slo mo narcotic.

The thematic importance of slo mo is essentially about violence, and the strange fascist wish fulfilment in Dredd.  So: the disconnect between what you see and what is happening.

High speed photography was perfect to explore this, because extreme slo mo is so distracting and compelling.  If you watch a bird flap its wings, or water splash, you sort of forget about the source image, and get lost in the abstract aesthetics.  I wanted to see what happened when that approach was done with someone getting shot.  Would the blood spray become abstracted?  Could you make a violent image so abstracted that it became totally aesthetic and non-violent, even when someone is getting their head crushed.

Yeah, it's pretentious.  I know, but don't care.  This stuff keeps me awake at night.

We did screen a film for the core production team.  Dirty Harry.

I did make a sort of scrap book, but it wasn't of images from the comic.  It was stuff like modern Chinese cityscapes and gang tattoos.


WOOLLY

Q: You've already hinted at the Dark Judges for a potential sequel. Taking this into account, do you think it better to adapt villains who have already appeared in the comic, or to create brand new ones?

If the former, are there any other classic Dredd villains you'd like to introduce in any future films?

A:  Both.  If there is a sequel, I'm imagining spending about half the movie in the Cursed Earth, and I would try to come up with some new faces as well as some old ones.

I quite like the idea of Satanus.  But much more mutated.


CYCLOPZ

 Q: I hate to ask this but, The premise of The Raid is eerily similar to Dredd. Do you ever wonder if somebody saw your leaked script, and maybe even on a subconscious level, reproduced it replacing the letter 'M' from the antagonists initials with a 'T'?

A:  Honestly, I really don't believe that The Raid ripped off Dredd.  And we didn't rip them off either.  The timing doesn't allow for it - not that time-based logic has stopped many film journalists from suggesting that we stole their material.

W.R. LOGAN

Q: Mayo or ketchup on chips?

A: Salt and vinegar.


MOGZILLA

Q:  If the dark judges made an appearance in a sequel would you keep the comic origin or come up with "your " universe origin would their look be radically  different?

A:  That's a really good question.  Without meaning to sound evasive, I would say that the current idea/image in my head is related to the comic origin/appearance in exactly the same way that the film's Dredd uniform is related to Ezquerra's design.  So, very broadly, Death would be in an actual judge's uniform that get progressively fucked up, rather than starting with a portcullis helmet.  But again, if you hate this idea, relax, because it will almost certainly never happen.
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Steve Green on 23 August, 2012, 07:18:44 pm
These are a great read, thanks Mike and Alex.

- Steve
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Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 23 August, 2012, 07:21:32 pm
Yep the man who wrote the DREDD script took time out from a properly hectic schedule to answer our musings. Alex Garland is the Law!
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Post by: Pete Wells on 23 August, 2012, 07:24:40 pm
Brilliant! Thanks fellas, lots to comment on and I will, but THIS really made me happy!:

A:  Hello, Pete.  I really regret not putting your name on a block.  Next time, if there is one...

I'll go see it 50 million times myself!

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Post by: dweezil2 on 23 August, 2012, 07:32:10 pm
Hi Alex.

Thanks for replying to mine and everyone else's questions at what must be a very busy time for you!
It was me you met at the London Comic Con Q+A (real name Ashley Beeching).
I was such a thrill to meet you and after watching the clip screened, I think I could barely speak as I was so impressed and excited!
Thanks for being so gratious and talking to the fans after the Q+A and talking with such passion about the film.
I hope  Dredd 3D is a massive success and it gets the sequels it deserves!  :D
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Post by: DKCX on 23 August, 2012, 07:43:31 pm
Top man Alex, you're missing some props to a certain insider who shall remain nameless kept the positivity going on these boards during the tough times.
He deserves some kudos as well.  :)
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Post by: WhitBloke on 23 August, 2012, 07:44:34 pm
Mr Garland,
Thanks enormously for taking that time off from Martinis and air hostesses to kindly give us some answers to really chew on for the next fortnight or so.  Heck, as you said yourself, you’ve already kinda given us the ‘DVD commentary’ to take into the cinemas with us, so I hope you’re feeling our collective gratitude. 
If I had any say, you’d be getting everything you want.  Of course, I would then be blissfully looking forward to an Axel Pressbutton movie and Dredd on the goggle-box.  (And who’s to say I shouldn’t still be?)
Again, the very best of luck to you with Dredd next month and with whatever else is following on for you in the future.


Three cheers for Goaty!  (And at least 2.9 each for Joe Soap, Crave Noir and Radiator!)

Plus, at the risk of sounding like a grexnix: Nicely set up, Mr Molcher.
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Post by: CraveNoir on 23 August, 2012, 07:57:46 pm
Aye, a good read. I doubt the forthcoming media coverage will hold much of a candle to this.

The campaign for an Edmund Dehn (Judge Minty) cameo in the mooted Cursed Earth set sequel starts here.
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Post by: Fisticuffs on 23 August, 2012, 07:59:19 pm
A fantastic read and a fantastic bloke, thanks Alex! :)
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Post by: vzzbux on 23 August, 2012, 08:07:19 pm
I am really happy with what I have just read.
I am sure we will all take you up on the offer of being Extras. As long as all those with military experience get to play Judges  ;)





V
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Post by: chuffsteruk on 23 August, 2012, 08:07:31 pm
Good stuff!

Thanks Alex and well done you to all who got their questions answered.

I've only been here for a year, but it's heartening to see how passionate you all are :)
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Post by: LARF on 23 August, 2012, 08:08:33 pm
That was brilliant!

Thank you Alex. Been waiting all my life for this film (well since I was 7)
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Post by: DrRocka on 23 August, 2012, 08:13:19 pm
...and he even indulged my guitar nonsense!

What a guy - thanks for a great read, Alex!
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Post by: W. R. Logan on 23 August, 2012, 08:14:59 pm
I am really happy with what I have just read.
I am sure we will all take you up on the offer of being Extras. As long as all those with military experience get to play Judges  ;)

V

Especially those one that are still qualified Skill At Arms Instructors, Pyrotechnics Qualified and Long Range Qualified 8-)
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Post by: Frank on 23 August, 2012, 08:16:25 pm
Now I feel guilty. I imagined Molch-R would only submit a small number of all our questions for Garland to answer, and I thought I'd be lucky if even one of my questions survived that winnowing process. Well done to Garland for taking the time to reply to absolutely everything we all submitted, and for doing so with such candour and genuine humility.

He's done himself and the film no end of favours.
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Post by: Beeks on 23 August, 2012, 08:16:36 pm
Brilliant read Alex and completely stoked that you were the man in charge of our hopes

Thank You
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Post by: Colin YNWA on 23 August, 2012, 08:17:58 pm
Well regardless of what Alex says I still going to imagine that he answered this is a bubbling jacuzzi surrounded by dotting starlets with four servants on hand with a dry fresh towel for each limb... well that's how I imagine it and I don't care.

Regardless of the luxurious conditions in which you answered these questions the fact that you did with such care and commitment stands you out as a fine man. The people who have been working away on the movie threads (I'm not amongst them, I've been avoiding them to avoid spoilers) have got a small, richly deserved reward and the fact you took the time to make the gesture is really touching.

Good luck with all the stuff you work on now and in the future and thank you.
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Post by: W. R. Logan on 23 August, 2012, 08:18:02 pm
Personally I think Alex copped out on the really important question!

Salt & Vinegar, well that's a given but Mayo or Ketchup?
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Post by: Tiplodocus on 23 August, 2012, 08:35:24 pm
THat was a great read. Seems like a top fella.
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 23 August, 2012, 08:45:49 pm
Thanks very much for answering everything Alex as that was quite interesting, especially the tech stuff about the usage of shots.
I also think everyone on here is now hoping that the sequels will be filmed here  :D
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Post by: Goaty on 23 August, 2012, 08:50:39 pm
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I have a particular sense of gratitude to Goaty, because he was so optimistic and supportive.  He lifted me out of some very dark moods.  I was also frequently grateful for Joe Soap's ability to correctly interpret a situation, and debunk a rumour, based on very little information.  In fact, he was sometimes so accurate that I used to wonder if he worked on the production.  He must surely work in post production.  (Are you an editor, Joe?)

As you have already noticed, I put some thank-yous in the movie, in the form of Easter Eggs.  There's a few left - Radiator and Joe Soap among them.  But there are so many others I could have included, like Crave Noir, who has done an amazing job on his twitter feed, and a very erudite guy who posts on other sites called Sauchie Boy.  The list is huge.

I hope that the names I did include can be seen as a representative thank-you to all of you.  That aside, obviously, I really hope you like the film.  In a tangible way, not just as name-checking, it was made for you.

You're welcome, Alex, you are the man, and I got many faiths in you with Dredd film, and I knew you and your production teams would do it well and brilliant jobs, Please tell them many thanks and looking forward to see it at cinema on Dredd-Day!

I am really glad you happy to get supportive from many wonderful people here. So amazing that you put thank-yous in Dredd 3D.

From all of us, thank you for completed the film and let us enjoy it!
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Post by: The Bissler on 23 August, 2012, 09:01:04 pm
Excellent read!  Thank you very much for taking so much time to answer fan questions - it means so much to all of us who are always reading this forum. 
Given that I'm a fan of 28 Days & Sunshine, I always had confidence that Dredd was in very good hands, but to know that you are as much of a fan of the source material as the rest of us here is an absolute delight!  Can't wait to see the film!  Fingers crossed for that $50m so we can enjoy some sequels (or that tv series)!
Cheers!
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Post by: Bat King on 23 August, 2012, 09:13:23 pm
Thanks Alex! Excellent read.

I'm incredibly positive about this movie, I wasn't positive about that other one and I was proven correct. So I think my gut will serve me well.

I hope you do get a shot at a sequel or 5. Your ideas you've mentioned sound great.
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Post by: Apestrife on 23 August, 2012, 09:14:47 pm
I love the love that surrounds this film! I really do! Incredible!
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Post by: Albion on 23 August, 2012, 09:36:59 pm
Awesome, thanks for answering the questions Alex. It was great to be at the London talk and meet you afterwards. Your passion for the film is obvious and inspiring, I don't think a Dredd film could be in better hands.
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Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 23 August, 2012, 09:40:48 pm
This is moving and amazing and I sincerely regret not taking more part in the build-up to the film on the forum and asking such a silly question. Phew. This is why I love 2000ad.

Alex Garland, if you've not been awarded a Krill Tro Thargo before now you'll certainly have one before the year is out!

Currently euphoric.
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Post by: CrazyFoxMachine on 23 August, 2012, 09:49:16 pm
A:  Hello, Pete.  I really regret not putting your name on a block.  Next time, if there is one...

Let the Gavin Leahy Block war begin - !
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Post by: Steven Sterlacchini on 23 August, 2012, 09:52:20 pm
An truly excellent read.
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Post by: Steven Sterlacchini on 23 August, 2012, 09:54:01 pm
A truly excellent read.

(I wish this forum had an edit feature)
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Post by: Bat King on 23 August, 2012, 09:55:05 pm
Oh and thanks Molch-R for this!
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Post by: Alski on 23 August, 2012, 10:02:42 pm
Brilliant, answered so many things that I was wondering myself.

2 weeks is too long!
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Post by: Michaelvk on 23 August, 2012, 10:21:10 pm
Awwwww!!! Why did I miss this? I would've loved to have said hi..
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Post by: Fatboydale on 23 August, 2012, 10:21:36 pm
Bollocks i missed this and i had a really rubbish question to ask ..... great read thou !!!
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Post by: radiator on 23 August, 2012, 10:23:55 pm
Wow - amazing. I'm deliriously excited that I got a shout out in the movie, that's just incredible! I can't wait to try and explain to my friends and see their slightly baffled expressions! That has absolutely made my day, though it unnerves me slightly knowing you've likely read what I've been saying about the film all along! I THINK it's been mostly constructive and positive.

Thanks again Alex, and all the best of luck with the film. Apologies for the gushing, but 28 Days Later and Sunshine are two of my favourite films of the last ten years, so I was delighted that Dredd ended up in your hands. I'm dragging along around 8 or 9 people with me to the cinema who probably wouldn't ordinarily go and see a Dredd film, so i feel like I've done my part towards its success!
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Post by: Goaty on 23 August, 2012, 10:26:40 pm
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A:  Goaty, you're awesome.  And by the way, you haven't spotted your only cameo.

No you are awesome, Mr Garland!

Really dumbest question from me, on that last sentence, wasn't he know that "Say No To Slo-Mo" clip was out few days ago, and thanks to Mr Soap to spotted my Goaty graffiti tag! but what does Alex means by that?
Was Goaty graffiti featured in first Trailer? or somewhere?

Sorry board, excellent reading!
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Post by: James Stacey on 23 August, 2012, 10:29:51 pm
Cracking read. Thank you very much for taking the time to answer the questions Alex. There really doesn't seem to have been a step wrong with the approach which is all the more gratifying after the Stallone debacle. Not long now.
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Post by: dracula1 on 23 August, 2012, 10:34:34 pm
Kind Regards to you Mr. Garland and thanks for answering my question.  There seems to be good vibes your movie will be a big sucess (hope my two or three visits to the cinema and the purchase of the bluray / DVD directors cut will help :)).
Roll on DREDD 2!   :D
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Post by: Steve Green on 23 August, 2012, 10:41:32 pm
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A:  Goaty, you're awesome.  And by the way, you haven't spotted your only cameo.

No you are awesome, Mr Garland!

Really dumbest question from me, on that last sentence, wasn't he know that "Say No To Slo-Mo" clip was out few days ago, and thanks to Mr Soap to spotted my Goaty graffiti tag! but what does Alex means by that?
Was Goaty graffiti featured in first Trailer? or somewhere?

Sorry board, excellent reading!

He could mean there is something else in the film, not necessarily what has already been released in trailers/tv spots.
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Post by: blackmocco on 23 August, 2012, 10:43:38 pm
Fucking awesome. That is all. Fucking. Awesome.
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Post by: willthemightyW on 23 August, 2012, 10:44:52 pm
Bummed that I missed this!
Nonetheless, thank you Mr. Garland!
I was at your LFCC panel answering and asking some of the questions and you seemed like a great guy, and that's only evidenced further in the fact that you did this!
And also, in case you're reading, I really want to thank you and everyone involved for making the film!
2000ad was one of the first comics I read, I picked it up in the library when I was about 5 (a bit inappropriate I guess!) so to say I've been waiting for this for most of my life is an understatement! I'm sure there are of course many brilliant board members who have been waiting longer than me, but nonetheless, I'm practically bursting at the seams in anticipation! Only problem is, I'll only be seventeen when it comes out, so either I get my Dad to buy my ticket then I try and sneak in without getting ID'd, and risk getting put in an iso-cube, or I wait till DVD... boy will that be a long wait! Either way I'm sure it'll be worth it! Once again thank you so much! Before I start to sound like I'm grovelling I'd best end this message!
But one more time... THANK YOU!
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Post by: chuffsteruk on 23 August, 2012, 10:55:53 pm
`MUST POST MORE OFTEN TO (HOPEFULLY)GET A MENTION IN THE (HOPEFUL)SEQUEL!` ;)
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Post by: redbaz on 23 August, 2012, 11:05:19 pm
Fantastic read, thanks for taking the time out Mr Garland. Gutted I missed the opportunity to pitch questions but couldn't agree more- DREDD THE TV SHOW!!!
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Post by: Woolly on 23 August, 2012, 11:14:14 pm
That was great! What a gent Mr Garland is.

"I quite like the idea of Satanus.  But much more mutated."

Oh God yes!  :o
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Post by: Goaty on 23 August, 2012, 11:25:47 pm
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A:  Goaty, you're awesome.  And by the way, you haven't spotted your only cameo.

No you are awesome, Mr Garland!

Really dumbest question from me, on that last sentence, wasn't he know that "Say No To Slo-Mo" clip was out few days ago, and thanks to Mr Soap to spotted my Goaty graffiti tag! but what does Alex means by that?
Was Goaty graffiti featured in first Trailer? or somewhere?

Sorry board, excellent reading!

He could mean there is something else in the film, not necessarily what has already been released in trailers/tv spots.

Yeah that's what I thought... very curious...  :o
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 23 August, 2012, 11:33:02 pm
I have a particular sense of gratitude to Goaty, because he was so optimistic and supportive.  He lifted me out of some very dark moods.  I was also frequently grateful for Joe Soap's ability to correctly interpret a situation, and debunk a rumour, based on very little information.  In fact, he was sometimes so accurate that I used to wonder if he worked on the production.  He must surely work in post production.  (Are you an editor, Joe?)


Alex, I'm proundly humbled and astonished that my 'grumpiness' had that kind of effect outside of this forum and I thank you for the heartfelt mention*. All I've hoped for with this film is that the right heart and brains were driving it and I think with every passing snippet over the past few years that truth really has borne out.

From the earliest photos of the uniform, sets and lighting I could recognise Ezquerra's mark and I knew you and the crew had hit the nail on the head despite production limits, which I think have been an asset more than a hindrance. When I finally heard Urban/Dredd speak, I knew John's character remained intact and the performance was faithful - Urban's delivery is uncanny. That's all any fan could ask for and for that I say thanks.**

I can only imagine the fun (and sweltering Hell) you had making it.***





*Thanks too for the Easter-Egg; does this mean I'm now officially meta?

**I admit I did download the screenplay but couldn't let myself read past page one - I didn't want to spoil it!

***I am an editor, for my sins.


I can't wait to see the film.


Keep wearin' tight boots.

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Post by: TordelBack on 23 August, 2012, 11:35:03 pm
Hot damn, that was something!  Class act, that man, class act.

Great to see acknowledgement of the boarders who bring so much positivity and/or stone cold sense to this placeless place, and particularly heartening to see Goaty getting well-deserved recognition for his relentless good humour. 

Raising a glass to you, Mr. Garland.  All extremities crossed that Dredd is even half the success it deserves to be.
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Post by: Goaty on 23 August, 2012, 11:35:40 pm
Is it me or does anyone see that Mr Soap got emotional?

Alex, you still the awesome!
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Post by: Stu101 on 23 August, 2012, 11:40:29 pm
I thought the same Goaty, re Mr Soap seeming touched... ;)

Great that you guys got little easter eggs, that must feel wicked!

Very interesting read of the Q&A. Respect to Alex.

Who else from the film has been reading this forum I wonder...?
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 23 August, 2012, 11:41:37 pm
Is it me or does anyone see that Mr Soap got emotional?


I thought the same Goaty, re Mr Soap seeming touched... ;)



Quiet, you slags.
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 23 August, 2012, 11:43:43 pm
He let on those names at LFCC and it has been great fun knowing who was going to be exploding with happiness when the time came. Well done to all the Easter Egg forum members :D
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 24 August, 2012, 12:13:27 am
He let on those names at LFCC and it has been great fun knowing who was going to be exploding with happiness when the time came. Well done to all the Easter Egg forum members :D


It's possibly the best present ever.
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Post by: blackmocco on 24 August, 2012, 12:14:52 am
And all well-deserved. Can't wait to try and spot 'em all when I see the movie another 500 times.
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Post by: ABCwarBOT on 24 August, 2012, 12:17:08 am
Bugger....trust me to miss the Q&A.   Might have asked a question or two but interesting to read his replies. 
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Post by: Goaty on 24 August, 2012, 12:22:06 am
He let on those names at LFCC and it has been great fun knowing who was going to be exploding with happiness when the time came. Well done to all the Easter Egg forum members :D


It's possibly the best present ever.

I agree! I was really surprised, even his reply tonight!! Happy days for Goaty! Also it not my username, it's my nickname for 16 years.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 24 August, 2012, 12:26:57 am
Alex, I'm proundly humbled


Doh! That should read profoundly.
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Post by: MR. ELIMINATOR on 24 August, 2012, 12:33:57 am
Bloody hell that is cool! When were the questions sent?
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Post by: MR. ELIMINATOR on 24 August, 2012, 12:35:52 am
Also, on the off chance Alex sees this, does Dredd ever say creep? or Creeps?
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Post by: DrRocka on 24 August, 2012, 12:36:37 am
I spent so long reading and re-reading Alex's replies earlier, I was late for tonight's gig! And now I've just rolled in the door, the first thing I've done is put the kettle on (rock n roll, kids) and read this thread again.

Seriously, it's SO good to feel the love between fans and the filmmakers here, and even better to see Goaty and Joe get some recognition for all the positive and reasoned vibes they've put out all over the place. I am shockingly stoked to see this movie.

And in case you're wondering DREDD has finally got the official Rocka family seal of approval. Thirty years ago, when my prog popped through the letterbox every Saturday morning, my Dad and I RACED to be the first to read it.
Now, I pick my prog up from my local thrill vendor on a Wednesday, and my Dad comes over to babysit when I'm out gigging. My daughter jumps all over him when he arrives with her arms full of toys and drawings that she's desperate to show him, but Dad dutifully parks himself on the couch with a cuppa, kisses her on the forehead, and says "not now sweetheart, Grandad will be with you in five minutes". He pops on his reading glasses and devours the prog, cover to cover, before finishing his tea and settling down on the living room floor to play another round of Pop Up Pirate.

Tonight, when Dad arrived, the first action of this 65 year old,freshly retired rugby player was not to greet me as I opened the door, but to grab me by the shoulders on the doorstep and yell

"There's a DREDD poster gone up opposite my house!!"

...And that's all he's gone on about all night. He's made me swear we're going to see it on opening night, and has apparently been sat watching ITV all night in the hope of catching the trailer again.

My Dad outgeeks us all. Alex Garland, you've done a stunning job, sir.
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Post by: Goaty on 24 August, 2012, 12:39:11 am
I spent so long reading and re-reading Alex's replies earlier, I was late for tonight's gig! And now I've just rolled in the door, the first thing I've done is put the kettle on (rock n roll, kids) and read this thread again.

Seriously, it's SO good to feel the love between fans and the filmmakers here, and even better to see Goaty and Joe get some recognition for all the positive and reasoned vibes they've put out all over the place. I am shockingly stoked to see this movie.

And in case you're wondering DREDD has finally got the official Rocka family seal of approval. Thirty years ago, when my prog popped through the letterbox every Saturday morning, my Dad and I RACED to be the first to read it.
Now, I pick my prog up from my local thrill vendor on a Wednesday, and my Dad comes over to babysit when I'm out gigging. My daughter jumps all over him when he arrives with her arms full of toys and drawings that she's desperate to show him, but Dad dutifully parks himself on the couch with a cuppa, kisses her on the forehead, and says "not now sweetheart, Grandad will be with you in five minutes". He pops on his reading glasses and devours the prog, cover to cover, before finishing his tea and settling down on the living room floor to play another round of Pop Up Pirate.

Tonight, when Dad arrived, the first action of this 65 year old,freshly retired rugby player was not to greet me as I opened the door, but to grab me by the shoulders on the doorstep and yell

"There's a DREDD poster gone up opposite my house!!"

...And that's all he's gone on about all night. He's made me swear we're going to see it on opening night, and has apparently been sat watching ITV all night in the hope of catching the trailer again.

My Dad outgeeks us all. Alex Garland, you've done a stunning job, sir.

That's a great post!
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Post by: blackmocco on 24 August, 2012, 12:50:21 am
Hard not to get very excited reading about what would come next in a perfect world. His take on the Dark Judges sounds twisted and just to reiterate, I was dead against them appearing in this interpretation of Dredd until I saw the movie.  Just didn't think it could work in something so high concept into a stripped-down and 'realistic' take. Have no doubts now after seeing how they deal with Anderson.

And Satanus...? Fuck me sideways. Dinosaurs and Dredd?! Too much to take.
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 24 August, 2012, 01:02:35 am
All we need is Burger War.
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Post by: radiator on 24 August, 2012, 01:05:04 am
Damn it, this forum needs a 'like' button...!
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Post by: karlurbaninternational on 24 August, 2012, 01:54:32 am
Fantastic Read!! Thank You so much Mr. Garland.  :)
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Post by: Kowalsky (formerly JudgeGumpty) on 24 August, 2012, 02:48:36 am
Is it me or does anyone see that Mr Soap got emotional?

Alex, you still the awesome!

Theres some emotion in there GOATY lol
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Post by: Kowalsky (formerly JudgeGumpty) on 24 August, 2012, 03:05:14 am
Excellent read some very intriguing questions and kudos to Alex for answering them all in detail. Roll on the sequels! :)
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Post by: PreacherCain on 24 August, 2012, 03:12:36 am
Great stuff! Particularly liked Wagner's description of himself and Garland's ideas about using Chopper in possible sequels (SUPERSURF OR DEATH!)
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Post by: Beaky Smoochies on 24 August, 2012, 03:22:10 am
Kudos to Alex Garland for both a great (not to mention extensive) and gracious Q & A session earlier, sorry I missed it.  Was reasonably pleased to hear they'd only need around $60m to do a sequel the way they would like to do it (hope they drop the 3-D and concentrate resources on production values alone), here's to everyone here going to see - and bringing as many other people to see - Dredd upon release, let's get that box-office total as high as possible.  Despite what Alex says during that Q & A, I sincerely hope they get a sequel and that he's very much at the creative forefront of it's making... also nice to hear the Dark Judges would be created via (mostly) physical effects in the event they ever get to make that movie, I very much hope so.

Next stop, September 7th, it ain't long now...
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Post by: Danbo on 24 August, 2012, 06:45:43 am
Fantastic read and well done to all the cameo crew,proper jelous :)

One thing tha struck me is Mr Garlands love of Dredd really came through,not seen that kind off affection for a subject since Pete Jackson on the LOTR films.... Feel a bit of an arse now for my questioning of the first lawmaster shot,even though now after seeing more angles and it in action I would gladly sell my arse for one.
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Post by: Danbo on 24 August, 2012, 06:51:01 am
And Chopper ,one of my fave characters ever can't wait for that.....please have sky surfing please
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Post by: Keef Monkey on 24 August, 2012, 09:07:31 am
Thanks so much Mr Garland! When the news broke that it would be DNA and that you were writing I knew our favourite comic character was in safe hands, and everything I've seen since has just confirmed that.

And you've really gone above and beyond the call of duty here. I missed the question phase, but these guys covered all the bases and it made for a fantastic read.

So thrilled to the guys getting namechecked too, Goaty must be walking on air right now!
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Post by: Spaceghost on 24 August, 2012, 10:41:50 am
That was amazing. Thanks to Mike for arranging it, and a massive thank you to Alex for indulging us old fan-boys.

Congratulations to Goaty, Joe Soap, Radiator, Commando Forces and all the other boarders who will be immortalised on screen. We salute you.

There was a lot of talk of possible sequels and some of the ideas that Alex mentioned were mind blowing. For instance -

If I was involved in a second movie, it would be about origins and subversion, and Chopper would feature.  In fact, I think Chopper would start and end the story.  Apart from him, my rough plan involves Fargo, Giant, Angel Gang, and a version of Satanus.  For a trilogy, add Cal and the dark judges.  And Anderson would be in all three.

My grud, just imagine that...

I also think this would be fantastic -

But by the way, just so it has been said, I actually think that maybe the best way forward for Dredd is television.  American TV has completely rewritten the rule book where filmed drama is concerned.  Game Of Thrones/The Wire/Breaking Bad... An equivalent version of Dredd would be fucking great.  Imagine the epics...

Alex's version of the Dark Judges sounds brilliant and I really hope we get to the stage where we see them on the screen -

The existential side to the Dark Judges is that they don't see a point to life.  If my film-trilogy daydream was to play out, I would completely rewrite my original script for the Dark Judges - because it was junk - and start again.  And I'd make them deeply fucking weird and spooky, and sort of philosophical. So, very broadly, Death would be in an actual judge's uniform that get progressively fucked up, rather than starting with a portcullis helmet.

- although this set my 'over-worried geek' circuits off -

And if everyone hates that idea, relax, because it'll never happen.

As did this -

  But again, if you hate this idea, relax, because it will almost certainly never happen.

AND this -

Q:  If the studio commissions a sequel, would you definitely do it? Or have we assumed too much?

A:  There are some variables which would rule me out immediately.

...I hope there hasn't been a decision made already that would sink any possible sequels or keep Alex from working on them. That would be a massive shame.

Obviously that's just my over-active imagination reading things into some potentially innocent comments but it did make me feel a bit dis-heartened about the future of the Dredd film franchise.

Anyway, focusing on the positives, THIS Dredd film has been in very safe hands from the beginning and this Q&A session has only made me feel more confident that it will be the Dredd film we've all been waiting for. YAAAAYYYYY!!!!!!!

One final thought, Mike, would you consider possibly repeating this Q&A format with a few select 2000 AD art and script droids? I reckon that would be fantastic.
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Post by: FoldsFive on 24 August, 2012, 11:13:24 am
What a brilliant read.  Kudos to Alex for taking the time out for this, from what at this stage of the films life must be an incredibly hectic period.
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Post by: IndigoPrime on 24 August, 2012, 11:44:14 am
I'd just like to add my thanks to Alex for taking the time to answer all those questions, and I do mean all those questions. I cannot think of a single other time I've ever seen someone involved with a film comb through every question and try to tackle every point. Again, it showcases a genuine respect and love for the source material, but also an appreciation for the fans who love the material.
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Post by: norse_sage on 24 August, 2012, 11:45:23 am
Thanks to everyone for setting this up, congratulations to Goaty, Joe Sap, Sauchieboy and everyone else for their surprise cameo's and thanks most of all to Alex Garland for giving us a proper Judge Dredd movie.
Fingers and toes crossed it earns enough to bypass any and all sequel thresholds.

However, I too am concerned about the Garland quotes pointed out by Lee Bates, and their possible implications.
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Post by: Goaty on 24 August, 2012, 12:07:51 pm
So thrilled to the guys getting namechecked too, Goaty must be walking on air right now!

Very highest air! :)
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 24 August, 2012, 12:51:07 pm
Excellent stuff! Thanks all!
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Post by: IndigoPrime on 24 August, 2012, 12:55:33 pm
However, I too am concerned about the Garland quotes pointed out by Lee Bates, and their possible implications.
I wouldn't read too much into anything just yet. So far, I think the people behind the film are just being realistic: Dredd is an unknown quantity. It could easily enough become a lowish-budget hit, but it could also be a film that's highly regarded and gets a low box-office take. (Also, you never know what'll happen closer to release—it has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes now, but that could all change if critics start going nuts.) I love their enthusiasm for the material, but also respect Urban and Garland saying that if they just end up with one great film, that'll be good enough for them.

As for variables, that can mean anything, but it's not like Garland's the kind of person to swan off for a decade after writing a script. Just writing more scripts alone (and his point about returning next to a slower paced feature) could be what he meant. Regardless, I'm thoroughly looking forward to this film, more so as time goes on. And if this alone turns out to be this film generation's Dredd, so be it. At least the strip will have been properly on the big screen, rather than only having a terrible 1990s piece of garbage to its name.
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Post by: Large48 on 24 August, 2012, 12:56:40 pm
So is it true that Dredd's going to be an extra on the Judge Minty DVD?

How great would it be to see Minty doing the Long Walk in the second film, you listening Alex?

Anyway looking forward to seeing this like we did 28 days later for all those that where there for that!

Good to see a load of posters up and about around the UK as well! Shirleys looking good!

All those tight wearing nancy boys can piss right off!  >:(

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Post by: Mudcrab on 24 August, 2012, 01:14:27 pm
What a thread!!!! Not something you see much, if ever, at all!

Great interview, great questions!
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Post by: darnmarr on 24 August, 2012, 01:24:03 pm
Thank you very much Mr G for these words, and for everything, and congrats to Mr Soap's and others well-deserved praise, 'egg', and mentions: you deserve 'em chaps and its really great to see the board acknowleged like in this way (unprecedented, shirley?).

If Dredd doesn't break box-office records there is no justice.
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Post by: Spaceghost on 24 August, 2012, 02:31:48 pm
However, I too am concerned about the Garland quotes pointed out by Lee Bates, and their possible implications.
I wouldn't read too much into anything just yet. So far, I think the people behind the film are just being realistic: Dredd is an unknown quantity. It could easily enough become a lowish-budget hit, but it could also be a film that's highly regarded and gets a low box-office take. (Also, you never know what'll happen closer to release—it has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes now, but that could all change if critics start going nuts.) I love their enthusiasm for the material, but also respect Urban and Garland saying that if they just end up with one great film, that'll be good enough for them.

As for variables, that can mean anything, but it's not like Garland's the kind of person to swan off for a decade after writing a script. Just writing more scripts alone (and his point about returning next to a slower paced feature) could be what he meant. Regardless, I'm thoroughly looking forward to this film, more so as time goes on. And if this alone turns out to be this film generation's Dredd, so be it. At least the strip will have been properly on the big screen, rather than only having a terrible 1990s piece of garbage to its name.

Yeah, you're probably right. I'm just so desperate to see that Dredd trilogy happen. Even if it doesn't, everything points to us having a fucking blinder of a film to look forward to.

Roll on September 7th!
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Post by: Steven Sterlacchini on 24 August, 2012, 02:49:01 pm
Good to see a load of posters up and about around the UK as well! Shirleys looking good!

I think you'll find the name is Marion  ;)
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Post by: Kowalsky (formerly JudgeGumpty) on 24 August, 2012, 03:51:42 pm
Thanks to everyone for setting this up, congratulations to Goaty, Joe Sap, Sauchieboy and everyone else for their surprise cameo's and thanks most of all to Alex Garland for giving us a proper Judge Dredd movie.
Fingers and toes crossed it earns enough to bypass any and all sequel thresholds.

However, I too am concerned about the Garland quotes pointed out by Lee Bates, and their possible implications.

If it hits that magical $50 mill in us theaters its a green light ?
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Post by: Richmond Clements on 24 August, 2012, 03:55:11 pm
Thanks to everyone for setting this up, congratulations to Goaty, Joe Sap, Sauchieboy and everyone else for their surprise cameo's and thanks most of all to Alex Garland for giving us a proper Judge Dredd movie.
Fingers and toes crossed it earns enough to bypass any and all sequel thresholds.

However, I too am concerned about the Garland quotes pointed out by Lee Bates, and their possible implications.

If it hits that magical $50 mill in us theaters its a green light ?
Well no - I think he explains clearly that this is not the case, and that there are many other factors we are not privy to that need to be taken into account.
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Post by: Jim_Campbell on 24 August, 2012, 04:04:37 pm
Well no - I think he explains clearly that this is not the case, and that there are many other factors we are not privy to that need to be taken into account.

Quite. In fact, I read Alex' comments on this to be fairly clearly stating that $50M was the minimum requirement for a sequel, and that there could be many, many variables in the equation that could scupper a sequel, but failure to reach $50M in the US would make a sequel near-impossible to sell to an American distributor, and that would be game over.

Thrilled as I am by everything we've seen of the movie so far, I actually find myself leaning far more towards the possibilities of this little bit of speculation:

Quote
I actually think that maybe the best way forward for Dredd is television. American TV has completely rewritten the rule book where filmed drama is concerned. Game Of Thrones/The Wire/Breaking Bad... An equivalent version of Dredd would be fucking great. Imagine the epics...

Cheers

Jim
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Post by: Zarjazzer on 24 August, 2012, 04:17:19 pm
What? No Zarjazzer block?  Seriously has been grand how Alex G has answered the questions. I can'! Feel anything other than joy  that so many boarders are featured  in the film.  Who'd have thought it?  Super stuff.
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Post by: Banners on 24 August, 2012, 05:07:06 pm
Great stuff - thanks to Molch-R and Alex for making that happen! What a treat to get such considered and incisive replies. My excitement for the movie surely can't get any higher now!
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Post by: The Sherman Kid on 24 August, 2012, 05:28:34 pm
What an absolute star Alex Garland is, his passion and enthusiasm shines through.A very considerate and thoughtful man.
I can well understand his caution on any possible sequels, hopefully success at the box office will quickly dispel this.
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Post by: radiator on 24 August, 2012, 06:02:12 pm
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My excitement for the movie surely can't get any higher now!

Yeah, that's what I thought. Yesterday.
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Post by: klute on 24 August, 2012, 06:51:47 pm
Thank's for the reply Alex it mean's alot i suspect not only to me BUT all of us here,i really hope that Dredd pack's a punch at the flicks.

It been a long time coming

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Post by: Banners on 24 August, 2012, 07:12:57 pm
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My excitement for the movie surely can't get any higher now!

Yeah, that's what I thought. Yesterday.

You go the email then!?!

(What was in it...?)
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 24 August, 2012, 08:04:40 pm
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My excitement for the movie surely can't get any higher now!

Yeah, that's what I thought. Yesterday.



You got it too.
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Post by: Goaty on 24 August, 2012, 08:07:47 pm
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My excitement for the movie surely can't get any higher now!

Yeah, that's what I thought. Yesterday.

Ditto! :)
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Post by: COMMANDO FORCES on 24 August, 2012, 08:08:47 pm
Shush :-X
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Post by: JOE SOAP on 24 August, 2012, 08:09:50 pm
I never said anything.
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Post by: Stu101 on 24 August, 2012, 08:13:57 pm
Come on guys, that's just mean, teasing us an all.... :'(
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Post by: Pioneer on 24 August, 2012, 08:15:47 pm
Amazing! So amazing, it's almost emotional. Fuck it, it IS emotional!!

Big up Goaty, Joe Soap, Radiator and all the other die hard forum members that make this my favourite place to be (lurk!!?)

Roll on September 7th!
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Post by: radiator on 24 August, 2012, 08:26:49 pm
Especially enjoyed what Alex said about budgets, and how $60m would be enough to do a bigger-scale sequel. Really interesting stuff.

Are we to take it that Alex originally wrote the Mama comic prequel, then? And Matt ended up doing it instead?

So much to take in, I'll have to go back and read it all again!
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Post by: maryanddavid on 24 August, 2012, 11:37:06 pm
Alex's replys were great, really good to see that he knew and cared for the source material and took on board Wagners thoughts.  Nice one.

David

Enjoy the premier guys, Ryanair is it Joe? :wave:
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Post by: HdE on 24 August, 2012, 11:47:31 pm
FANTASTIC stuff!

Thanks to Alex for taking the time to post such genial and thorough responses - and to Molch-R for the post-fest!
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Post by: MR. ELIMINATOR on 25 August, 2012, 02:59:47 am
Sounds like there is something super cool in these emails? And also can you tell us what it is? Please! :D
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on 25 August, 2012, 05:48:19 am
Very cool interview.

One question I had, are Dredd and Anderson the only characters from the comics featured in the movie? And why not more characters from the books? For example, if the Chief Judge was say Griffin or something, that would've been the kind of nod that fans love.

Plus, this might be the first comic book movie where the villain isn't from the books.

Still, while the movie does look like it's kind of doing its own thing, I can't wait to see it, looks rock solid.
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Post by: PsychoGoatee on 25 August, 2012, 05:50:27 am
Actually, the first one would probably be Superman III or something like that. First one in a long time anyway. Not that original villains are necessarily a bad thing, but the apparent lack of characters from the books is one tidbit that I find a little odd.
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Post by: WhitBloke on 25 August, 2012, 10:30:51 am
Does anybody else keep rereading Alex's answers over and over and over again?

No?


Come on, it can't just be me.
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Post by: Dandontdare on 25 August, 2012, 10:33:28 am
One question I had, are Dredd and Anderson the only characters from the comics featured in the movie?

one of the photos shows Judge Alvarez, who has had minor supporting roles from time to time.
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Post by: radiator on 25 August, 2012, 11:35:59 am
The only Alvarez I can remember was in  The Pit. Dredd battled him and his partner Neel in the recreation of Alcatraz.

I guess the decision to go with an unfamiliar (unnamed?) Chief Judge was to not be distracting, or to not cast someone now who might go on to have a bigger role later on, and be recast - the mistake other comic book movies have made.

Guthrie's in the film, though - or a version of him.
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Post by: Steve Green on 25 August, 2012, 12:49:08 pm
Guthrie's not listed on IMDB, but bearing in mind that they had Ma-Ma Dredd as a character at one point, I'm not expecting him to be in it.

As for the Chief Judge, well they have a short life expectancy when Dredd's about... :D
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Post by: Spikes on 25 August, 2012, 01:16:01 pm
So, did we find out what Alex Garlands favourite colour was?  ;)

Brilliant reading through all of this, so top marks to Alex, and all involved in this, for taking the time.
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Post by: hazy efc on 25 August, 2012, 01:26:43 pm
thanx alex for takeing the time to answer some ? from some of us, great read roll on sep 7th  :D
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Post by: SuperSurfer on 25 August, 2012, 07:32:36 pm
What a classic thread. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that this film, which means so much to so many of us would be created with loyal fans in mind, let alone include thank yous in the form of Easter eggs.

After the event, of course questions come to mind that I could've asked. Never mind, you guys covered a heck of a lot there.

Can't wait.
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Post by: radiator on 25 August, 2012, 07:50:03 pm
Yeah, it's weird isn't it? I jabber away on this site all the time - in my head what I write is read by about twenty indifferent fellow nerds. Never thought for a second anyone else would be reading, let alone people i hugely admire. That has landed me in a bit of bother from time to time, but it turns out it works both ways, and sometimes wasting time talking bollocks on the Internet can lead to great things.
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Post by: Frank on 25 August, 2012, 08:34:01 pm
Yeah, it's weird isn't it? I jabber away on this site all the time - in my head what I write is read by about twenty indifferent fellow nerds. Never thought for a second anyone else would be reading, let alone people i hugely admire. That has landed me in a bit of bother from time to time, but it turns out it works both ways, and sometimes wasting time talking bollocks on the Internet can lead to great things.

I imagine everyone's going to be a great deal more circumspect in what they post regarding the film, knowing that the people with Wonka golden tickets in their back pockets are paying attention to what's posted here (and elsewhere).
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Post by: Beaky Smoochies on 26 August, 2012, 04:21:48 am
Especially enjoyed what Alex said about budgets, and how $60m would be enough to do a bigger-scale sequel.

I wonder if that figure takes into consideration the potential 3-D process in post-production?  If Dredd does well enough to get a sequel - and I'm sure we all hope it will - I also wonder if having the film presented in 3-D will again be a prerequisite of securing finance as it was for this upcoming one.  If it isn't, I hope they decide to dump the stereoscopic imaging and spend every penny of the (hopefully) $60m budget on one heck of an Origins adaptation... Fargo, Giant, the Angel Gang, possibly Chopper, AND a more mutated version of the mighty Satanus all on the big screen, all in one film, and done absolutely right, shudder, nerd overload...!!!
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Post by: Dudley on 26 August, 2012, 01:34:13 pm
Just to say, as occasional lurker, that this is the most incredible thing EVER.  Alex Garland is a gentleman, a scholar, and a pretty nifty writer too (love the Tesseract).  Well done to all.  And I really can't wait to see this film.
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Post by: Gavin_Leahy_Block on 26 August, 2012, 01:46:27 pm
Been offline for a few days, so I completely missed this. I'm really jealous of those that got to ask a question and even more so of the people that get a little cameo in it. Alex Garland, What a guy!

If there is a Pete Wells Block, in sequel, then there really has to be a Gavin Leahy Block towering along side it.
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Post by: M.I.K. on 26 August, 2012, 03:29:32 pm
a gentleman, a scholar,... (love the Tesseract).

Yes, he really is a groovy cat.
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Post by: darnmarr on 26 August, 2012, 08:29:11 pm
I imagine everyone's going to be a great deal more circumspect in what they post regarding the film, knowing that the people with Wonka golden tickets in their back pockets are paying attention to what's posted here (and elsewhere).
When Blackmocco recieved his prop and tickets, I remember a shiver going down my spine at the possibility of the thread being monitored by the creative team: but overall... I reckon circumspection shmircumspection,-- after all,- no amount of sychophancy is likely to get anyone a block-name or premiere tickets at this stage, and candid opinions are, I presume, what made the boards attractive reading in the first place.
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Post by: Stan on 26 August, 2012, 11:46:22 pm
Cool beans. I completely missed this but I can't think of a question I would've asked besides those that have a been covered. And I liked the answers. Alex joins a short list of geek writers (that I've noticed) along with Roberto Orci who seemed to give enough of a damn to mingle with the ravenous internet fanboys and find out what we think. If there's a downside, it was the grey area concerning Alex's involvement in potential sequels since it kinda seems like his baby. Hopefully everything goes well on that score.

And as someone who's hoping for a close(ish) interpretation of the Dark Judges I wasn't particularly worried about the response in that regard.
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Post by: Mikey on 27 August, 2012, 02:28:05 pm
I've only become aware of this and the whole ask a question thread it stemmed from. I've also pretty much tried to ignore the film threads but hear me now: I will never, ever, take a break form the board at such an important time again!

Great questions from everyone and especially great stuff from Alex hisself (and Molch-R) - now we just have to wait for 7th September! Hoorray for 2000ad and Dredd!

M.
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Post by: auxlen on 28 August, 2012, 09:06:22 am
i need to up my post count on the dredd thread. :-[
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Post by: vzzbux on 28 August, 2012, 09:47:01 am
i need to up my post count on the dredd thread. :-[
It's not you post count is down to the quality.
My count is hight but I spout alot of shit..
But saying that CL2K was on the board 5 mins and his mannerisms ended up in the prog. HMMMMMM.





V
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Post by: Buddy on 29 August, 2012, 01:01:01 pm
Great insight into the DREDD movie... Alex Garland... top bloke!
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Post by: Proudhuff on 29 August, 2012, 07:13:45 pm
Ah that fair cheered up aan old Dreddhead, but seriously Vinegar on chips? Well I suppose he has to have one failing  :D
Big thanks to the man for the time and effort to grace the board, Sir, nerdom salutes you!
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Post by: junox on 31 August, 2012, 09:34:49 am
thanks Alex, for all the info here !!

 You cant go wrong with Dirty Harry + salt and vinegar
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Post by: Bat King on 02 September, 2012, 01:39:57 pm
We got more insight after the fan screening too. Really cool how accessible everyone was.
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Mabs on 10 October, 2012, 12:18:55 am
I joined the forum a bit late, but all I wan't to say to Alex Garland and Pete Travis is thank you for an absolutely awesome film!It was everything I hoped a Judge Dredd fim would be, gritty, ultra-violent, ultra-kickass, spectacular - in fact i'm running out of superlatives to lavish upon the film! Seriously, I 've forgotten the last time I went to the cinema and was thrilled as much as I was watching Dredd (3D). I loved the look and feel of the film. The environenment, where crime and decay was rampant,  and the cityscape looked lived in, like it was a living breathing city - not make believe. I said it on another thread that it was like 'Judge Dredd in the City of God'. The actors were terrific; from Karl Urban who captured the essence of Dredd brilliantly, and Olivia Thirlby who was stunning in her role down to Lena Headey - no one could've potrayed the role of Ma-Ma as she did.

So well done guys!

I know the film has sadly underperfomed at the box office in America, and that makes the possibilties of a sequel hard. But I really hope we do get one. I would give an arm just to see the sequel; the world of Dredd is so rich, the possibilites of where the story can go is endless. I myself would love to see Dredd kicking ass on Cursed Earth! :D

Another question I had, was if there was a sequel, would there be room for characters (and fan favourites) like Walter and Judge Death in it? Seeing as the first film was rooted in 'reality' so to speak?

Whatever happens, whether we get a sequel or not - we still have a solid film. And now, the pain of Stallone's Judge Dredd can be a distant memory.


- Mabs
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Bat King on 10 October, 2012, 01:27:14 am
Yeah - this'll be very important in my blu-ray collection...

Thing is Alex, Karl, Domhnall, John & Carlos won't see it with me first time... won't be the same *sob*
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: blackmocco on 29 August, 2013, 04:38:44 pm
Any chance of a follow-up interview now that the dust has settled and the year's more or less gone by...?
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Goaty on 29 August, 2013, 04:39:54 pm

Agreed, that was hell of great interview!
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Spikes on 29 August, 2013, 06:51:57 pm
Any chance of a follow-up interview now that the dust has settled and the year's more or less gone by...?

Think i asked about summat similar before now. So yeah, a post-Dredd Q+A would be grand, Tharg.
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: JOE SOAP on 29 August, 2013, 07:47:31 pm


Doubt he'd have much time at the moment since Ex Machina just started shooting.

Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Proudhuff on 21 January, 2014, 11:47:36 am
Alex you still here? you should move on Dude.
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Stan on 23 January, 2014, 04:29:28 am
:/
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Proudhuff on 07 October, 2014, 09:33:29 am
Alex, you still here?


 :-X
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: blackmocco on 07 October, 2014, 02:49:32 pm
I always assume because this thread has never been locked, that he's still out there. Waiting.
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Bat King on 07 October, 2014, 04:49:26 pm
We all hope that blackmocco, we all hope that
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Goaty on 07 October, 2014, 04:50:07 pm
Yep he loved us!
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Jim_Campbell on 18 March, 2015, 08:31:38 pm
Dunno how much more explicit Garland has to be than this:

http://io9.com/alex-garland-says-that-dredd-2-is-not-going-to-happen-1692186184

Sorry, guys.

Jim
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 18 March, 2015, 08:50:07 pm
Final nail in the that coffin. :'(

Well it didn't make it's money back and even though the DVD sales were impressive it was still considered a loss in La La land.

I knew it was on the cards- but I still feel miserable about it.

Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Goaty on 18 March, 2015, 08:56:04 pm
Don't be sad, we are lucky to get so awesome film!
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: JOE SOAP on 18 March, 2015, 10:04:42 pm

"GARLAND: 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 one day, let me rephrase that, but it's not going to happen with with me and the people who made the last one."


http://collider.com/dredd-2-sequel-not-happening-alex-garland/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTeY3ELtY8U


Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Stan on 25 May, 2015, 09:43:03 am
I'm guessing Alex doesn't read this but it'd be interesting to know if the potential for Dredd came to mind while watching Fury Road (if he did). I know the budgets are different but maybe focussing on the crazy characters of the cursed earth rather than an epic mass car chase would bring costs down a bit and also work to Dredd's strengths. Plus I recall Mad Max having a few production problems which may have seen costs rise.
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: IAMTHESYSTEM on 25 May, 2015, 10:20:01 am
Dredd is probably considered 'toxic' by the money men so no chance of a sequel there. Not yet anyway but something like a Mad Max clone, some future cop having to cross the desert to do whatever a Cop's gotta do will inevitably be made. Very badly made I assume. Asylum Pictures will make a cheapy rip off for the Scy Fi channel  and other 'original' projects, like re imagining Damnation Alley, No Blade of Grass,The Postman even will embarrass themselves at your local theatre soon.   
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Richard on 25 May, 2015, 01:44:06 pm
Just let it go!
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: blackmocco on 25 May, 2015, 03:45:45 pm
Dredd is probably considered 'toxic' by the money men so no chance of a sequel there. Not yet anyway but something like a Mad Max clone, some future cop having to cross the desert to do whatever a Cop's gotta do will inevitably be made. Very badly made I assume. Asylum Pictures will make a cheapy rip off for the Scy Fi channel  and other 'original' projects, like re imagining Damnation Alley, No Blade of Grass,The Postman even will embarrass themselves at your local theatre soon.

I don't know that Damnation Alley or The Postman could embarrass themselves any more than they've already done. (Actually, I'd kill for a reimagined Damnation Alley. The book's shit, the movie's shit. The only good part is the core idea.)
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Fragminion on 12 April, 2016, 07:40:00 am
Don't be sad, we are lucky to get so awesome film!
I can be happy with this.  One of the (if not THE)Best Cult Movies of all Time. It will always be in my Top 10 Favs of Comic book movies.  That and no crappy Film Exec Crapped Up sequel to ruin it.
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Richard on 14 April, 2016, 08:55:21 pm
That's actually a good point: what's worse than no sequel? A disappointing sequel!
Just be happy with the masterpiece we've got.
Title: Re: DREDD screenwriter Alex Garland answers YOUR questions!
Post by: Fragminion on 22 May, 2016, 08:16:33 am
That's actually a good point: what's worse than no sequel? A disappointing sequel!
Just be happy with the masterpiece we've got.

Its for this reason that I am waiting to see how DeadPool 2 turns out now that the La La Execs see the money it can make.