It may have gotten positive reviews from the few people who actually saw it, but the 2012 Dredd, adapting the British comic book character Judge Dredd, was pretty much a box office dud, not even making back its modest $45 to $50 million budget even factoring in its overseas ticket sales as well. Based on that math a sequel doesn’t seem to be in the cards. But star Karl Urban says that might not be the case.
Speaking with Collider while doing the publicity rounds for Star Trek Into Darkness, the Dredd star stated that with the film earning a following thanks to people discovering the film on home video .
Interestingly enough, I did have breakfast with [Dredd screenwriter] Alex Garland this morning. It’s not off the agenda. Clearly everyone has woken up to the fact that an audience has found this movie and loves it. It’s entirely possible, and if people want to see another installment then they should be vocal about that, because, it can happen. The power of fandom can resurrect projects.
Its possible that a second franchise installment could be better received than a lackluster first. Ironically, there’s precedence in the original Star Trek film franchise with Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan being a much bigger critical and financial hit than Star Trek: The Motion Picture was. I certainly wouldn’t count out the possibility of the various new avenues of distribution certainly allow for income streams out of the traditional theatrical ones to help make its money. But is the audience really there? As Urban states, it’s up to them to let the producers know.