Fans of the 2000 AD comic book will be happy as Box Office Mojo reported yesterday that the MPAA has issued an R-rating for the Pete Travis film. This is hopefully fulfilling promises to fans that this “Judge Dredd version will feature the bloody violence and harsh language which made the comic book a fan favorite.
Last year, “Dredd” producer Andrew Macdonald had this to say about director Pete Travis’ take on the iconic 2000 AD character.
“Our idea is to make a very hard, R-rated, gritty, realistic movie of Dredd in Megacity, so we’ve got to get the tone right. He’s not going to take off his helmet. His bike is going to feel real. He’s going to hit people and it’s going to feel real. There’s been a change in comic-book movies; they were treated unseriously and now they’re treated seriously.”
Well, it looks like they kept their promise as the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has now classified the film with an R-Rating.
The 1995 “Judge Dredd” starred Sylvester Stallone and Rob Schneider was considered an embarrassment by Judge Dredd fans and earned a spot on Entertainment Weekly’s list of ‘Worst Superhero Movies Ever’ list published earlier this year.
This version stars Karl Urban (“Star Trek”, “Priest”), Olivia Thirlby (“Juno”, “No Strings Attached”) and Lena Headey (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”)
“Dredd” comes to theaters on September 21, 2012.
Here’s a plot synopsis from JoBlo:
DREDD takes us to the wild streets of Mega City One, the lone oasis of quasi-civilization on Cursed Earth. Judge Dredd is the most feared of elite Street Judges, with the power to enforce the law, sentence offenders and execute them on the spot – if necessary. The endlessly inventive mind of writer Alex Garland and the frenetic vision of director Peter Travis bring DREDD to life as a futuristic neo-noir action film that returns the celebrated character to the dark, visceral incarnation from John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s revered comic strip.