Judge Dredd returning to the big screen

DNA Films, IM Global, Reliance Big Pictures pact for film

CANNES -- Judge Dredd will dust off his helmet for what promises to be a gritty return to the big screen.

The $45 million project is being bankrolled by Reliance Big Pictures and Stuart Ford's international sales banner IM Global and DNA Films, the U.K. production house headed by Andrew Macdonald.

DNA Films spent more than two years negotiating with rights-holders to the 2000AD comic book character -- created by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra -- who first hit the big screen in 1995 with Sylvester Stallone in the title role.

Filming is scheduled to take place this year in Johannesburg, directed by Pete Travis from a script penned by Alex Garland.

Garland, Macdonald and Allon Reich, who teamed to make "The Beach," "28 Days Later" and "Sunshine," will produce.

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Wagner will be a creative consultant on the film co-produced by "District 9" supervising producer Michael S. Murphey.

Jason Kingsley and Chris Kingsley, owners of Rebellion/2000AD, will also co-produce.

Wagner described Garland's script as a high-octane slay ride through the dark underbelly of a vast futuristic city.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Reliance and Ford assisted by attorneys Strook and Strook with DNA principals Macdonald and Reich, DNA head of business affairs Jo Smith, and Miles Ketley of legal eagles Wiggin & Co.

Ford's IM Global will handle international sales on the project, kicking off with this year's Marche du Film.
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