Duncan Jones talks Judge Dredd

Exclusive! "I had such a strong idea"...

Source Code director Duncan Jones has spoken exclusively to Total Film about his passion for Judge Dredd.

The 2000 AD comic character is currently receiving the reboot treatment in Dredd, which has Pete Travis (Vantage Point) at the helm and Karl Urban under the iconic helmet.

"That's the one I keep thinking about," Jones told us. "I had such a strong idea of what I would do with it, and although I really understood what they wanted, it's so different from what I had in mind."

When asked what made him opt for Source Code, Jones responded: "Jake Gyllenhaal."

"He was actually the one who brought it to me. He was already attached and I'm a huge fan of his."

Jones also managed to put his own stamp on the project, even though he didn't write the script: "Originally it took itself quite seriously, like a sci-fi 24.

"I said, 'I think there's potential to bring more out of this if we inject a little humour.' When we finished we had a really lovely tone - serious where it needs to be, with an emotional punch. But there was also a lightness."

Source Code
opens on 1 April 2011.

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Would you have liked Duncan Jones to direct the Judge Dredd reboot, or are you glad he's tackling original material? Your comments please!


    • Ali1748

      Mar 18th 2011, 11:39

      Duncan Jones for Wolverine !

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    • ChrisWootton

      Mar 18th 2011, 12:56

      Oooh, nice call Ali1748

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    • MadMatt

      Mar 19th 2011, 15:37

      I like your thinking, Ali1748, he hadn't occurred to me as I was making a mental list of dream directors, but I think he'd be fantastic. I was actually leaning more towards giving a veteran another shot - I'd like John Carpenter back in the big leagues doing something like Wolverine, but the chances of that are slim, I guess.

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