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Film Discussion / Re: How would you do "Dredd 2"?
« on: 17 September, 2014, 10:40:48 AM »
Chicken Stu - I love your enthusiasm!

Why thank you kind sir!  :)

Film Discussion / Re: How would you do "Dredd 2"?
« on: 16 September, 2014, 11:32:38 AM »
This kind of cheesy sequel-baiting is exactly the kind of thing I would not want from a sequel. It's like the ending of Godzilla '98.

Yeah, I see how you can think that BUT - it's not JUST a sequel bait, it also serves another purpose. It's also a way of showing the audience a bit of Judge Death IN CASE there ISN'T a third one, as well as setting up a story for a possible third one.

I also wouldn't approach it like Godzilla... I'd expect it to be more akin to the endings of The Empire Strikes Back, X-Men 2, Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan that kind of thing... more like X-Men 2 than any other. That perfectly set up the Dark Phoenix storyline for the third movie...

I wouldn't make it cheesy. It would be scary as fuck.

Film Discussion / How would you do "Dredd 2"?
« on: 15 September, 2014, 10:10:08 AM »
OK guys. I think I've cracked the way a sequel could be done and how it could lead in a possible third one. I've already touched on some of these points in another post so if I repeat myself please forgive me.
OK - there are rumblings that a new movie would deal with the Origins story. I personally think they should stay away from that. I don't really think this movie universe needs an origin story of any kind - at least certainly not for the first sequel. No - I actually think a perfect story for the sequel would be something akin to The Day The Law Died.
Dredd is called to HQ and told that they want him to partner with Anderson again. She's experiencing terrifying hallucinations and nightmares and whenever she has one of these episodes - an unusual amount of electrical energy is detected around her. The visions and dreams she has are of a skeletal face saying "I'm cooooooming.... you are the dooooorwaaay Andersssssson". Control want Dredd to basically protect Anderson. He is told in secret that for a while now, the existence of other dimensions has been suspected and Anderson may be experiencing some kind of interference from them. Dredd protests about doing a "babysitting" job but reluctantly agrees.
They are interupted by an explosion at the Hall of Justice. Dredd and Anderson are two of the Judges first on the scene. The chief Judge is killed in the explosion and Judge Cal is made temporary acting Chief. Only he's completely insane. Many Judges have been killed or injured.
Turns out Cal was behind the explosion and was hoping Dredd would be killed in it. His plan is to take control of Mega City One and wanted Dredd out of the way to make it easier.
The story would run much like the comic book does. Cal has Dredd, Anderson and the surviving Judges declared outlaws and they must go into the streets and lead a citizen uprising to take control of the city back. They must also prevent an assassination of Hershey who is next in line to be Chief Judge.
It's a story that like the original can be pretty streamlined. The point of it would mainly be to take the action out onto the streets of Mega City One.
Hall of Justice is destroyed, Chief Judge killed. Dredd and Anderson outlawed. They must prevent an assassination on Hershey, remove Cal from power, restore Hershey to her rightful place. BOSH. There's your movie.
The thing about Anderson's nightmares and hallucinations would be a subplot. During the course of the story we see her occasionally zone out and have one of her episodes. Dredd grows increasingly concerned about her throughout the course of the events. At the end they destroy Cal and put Hershey in place and control is restored to the city. However Anderson suddenly collapses. Dredd catches her and urgently calls for medical backup. Anderson is not breathing and Dredd desperately performs CPR on her. Suddenly her eyes open, the camera zooms right into her iris where we see the face of Judge Death who laughs then screams "I AM HERE!!"
Fade to black. Film ends. Then we have the Dark Judges story set up for the third.

I've said before in here that I don't think the Dark Judges can be done in one of these movies - but I think if they set the story up as a subplot in the previous film before they do it properly, maybe audiences could accept it. It would have to be done through the Anderson character much like it is in the comics. I'm still not completely convinced... but fuck it. If I had the job of directing the sequel I reckon I'd have a crack at it.

What about you guys? If it was up to you would you take an approach like this or do things differently?

Film Discussion / Re: Dredd (2012)
« on: 12 September, 2014, 01:32:31 PM »
I always thought The Day The Law Died would be the right direction to take the sequel in. I think it's important to take things out onto the streets of Mega City One - to actually SEE that city.

Whatever they do - Anderson should still be a main character.

I have an idea for a plot-line for a sequel. Dredd is paired up with Anderson again but not to train her or assess her - to actually protect her. She's been experiencing horrific visions and unsettling nightmares of a cackling, skeletal face which always tells her it's coming for her. Every time she has one of these visions scientists detect an unusual amount of psychic energy around her - completely off the scale. Dredd is informed of the existence of other dimensions. Scientist have known about it for a while but believe Anderson can sense other dimensional activity. Something may be trying to break through and using Anderson as a doorway. This whole thing should be a sub-plot to whatever the main focus of Dredd 2 is.
Then the sequel should end with Dredd and co winning the day but Anderson collapses. Dredd immediately rushes to her aid. The final shot should be Dredd cradling her saying "Stay with me Rookie, help is on the way". The camera then does an extreme close up on her face. Her eyes open and in her pupils we see the face of Judge Death. Fade to black. End.

Then if they ever make Dredd 3...  ;)

Megazine / Re: Meg 345
« on: 04 March, 2014, 03:59:41 PM »
When's the next meg out?

Megazine / Re: Prog 346
« on: 04 March, 2014, 03:44:34 PM »

Ok, MEG 436!!!


Megazine / Prog 346
« on: 04 March, 2014, 02:00:30 PM »
Can anyone tell me what date this is going to be out? I googled it and a couple of results told me March 26. Is that right? I need to know for sure...

Prog / Re: Prog 1867 - Fight The Power
« on: 05 February, 2014, 12:52:41 PM »
Cover - OK!

Dredd -Titan (part six) - Explanatory!

Ulysses Sweet, Maniac for Hire - Centred (part seven) - Bo-ring!

Grey Area - All God's Children (part two) - Intelligent!

Future Shocks - Family Business - Smart!

Strontium Dog - The Life and Death of Johnny Alpha - Chapter Four: Dogs of War (part seven) - Yup!

Yep, couldn't have said it better myself.

Prog / Re: Prog 1866: Jail Break!
« on: 30 January, 2014, 11:26:58 AM »
I am really enjoying the Judge Dredd strip. REALLY enjoying it!

Prog / Re: Prog 1865: Greetings From the Grey Area
« on: 22 January, 2014, 10:07:40 AM »
Still loving Judge Dredd, but for some reason ABC Warriors and Strontium Dog are losing me. Sweet doing nothing for me at all. Although I'm really getting drawn into Grey Area...

Prog / Re: Prog 1863: Mutant Massacre
« on: 08 January, 2014, 01:41:59 PM »
Strontium Dog and ABC Warriors is pretty good, but I'm all about Judge Dredd: Titan. I know it's early days but I think it has the makings of a classic.

Film Discussion / Re: What do you want/not want from the Dredd sequel(s)?
« on: 02 January, 2014, 03:49:17 PM »
I really ain't sure that Judge Death could work in these movies. I could be wrong (and I frequently am) but Dredd had such a realistic tone to it that suddenly bringing undead beasties from another dimension into things - I don't see how they could make it work. I'm saying nothing new here. You've heard this from me before.

Having said that I would love to see 2000AD/Rebellion venture into direct to DVD animated films. Some of the DC Universe ones are absolutely wonderful. That would be a great medium to introduce everyone's favourite undead Judge.

As for a movie sequel, we need it on the actual streets of Mega City One. The society, the justice system... all this would be perfect ground for the sequel to explore. Something along the general lines of The Day The Law Died (although the acute satire of that one might need to be toned down).

Prog / Re: Prog 1862
« on: 02 January, 2014, 03:42:47 PM »
Agreed. Strong prog. Nice new Judge Dredd story from the looks of it and it's great to see ABC Warriors and Strontium Dog back. This is REAL 2000AD. Seriously. That's the shit right there.

I'll probably re-read this a bit later. Very strong start to 2014. Let's hope the Meg starts off on an equally strong footing.

« on: 21 December, 2013, 07:32:57 PM »
I've got all four issues of this now. Will have to sit down and have a proper read at some point.

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