Duncan Jones, Director of Moon and currently making Source Code with Jake Gyllenhaal has tweeted an idea he has for a Judge Dredd film.http://liveforfilms.wordpress.com/2010/03/11/judge-dredd-duncan-jones-has-an-idea/
@ManMadeMoon One day, I would love to tell you my idea for a Judge Dredd film… But not yet.
@ManMadeMoon Haha! Ok… I’ll give you my tweet version. It’s a Dredd take on the film “Man bites Dog,” & involves Death & the League of Fatties.
Now a film is currently in development based on a scrip by Alex Garland, but no director is attached. If anyone in Hollywood is listening I reckon Mr Jones would be a splendid choice to direct.
He and Chris Weston have had a further chin wag:
@westonfront the true answer involves 2000AD, as you can probably imagine... But who knows what will happen there!http://twitter.com/ManMadeMoon/status/10272037844
@ManMadeMoon I think I can speak on behalf of every creator (and fan) of 2000ad when I say we'd all be behind you on that one.http://twitter.com/westonfront/status/10272278252
Yes you can speak on our behalf Mr Weston, as you speak the truth.
This shouldn't be much of a surprise given the fact Jones mentions i2000 AD in just about every interview, including wanting to make a film based on a 2000 AD story:
as you mentioned 2000AD, there are certain stories and characters from that holy book I have wanted to make since I was a kid.http://liveforfilm.blogspot.com/2009/05/exclusive-interview-duncan-jones.html
Marvel.com: You call yourself "a huge sci-fi fan and a bit of a geek." Who are some of your influences-be they writers, directors or otherwise? What inspired you to choose "Moon" as your directorial debut?http://marvel.com/news/moviestories.8733.famous_fanboys~colon~_duncan_jones
Duncan Jones: As far as sci-fi goes, I was a JG Ballard fan, a William Gibson fan and, (besides Marvel of course,) a 2000AD fan. (A british comic book that was sci-fi heavy and the originator of Judge Dredd.)
It’s also a nod back to the kind of sci-fi Jones was brought up on, when he was an avid reader of 2000AD, Dan Dare in The Eagle and John Wyndham’s Day of the Triffids.http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/article6626419.ece
Any chance on making a full-length film out of the robot beer commercial you made awhile back? I have to say I would love to see you do a film about robots running their own pub.http://www.starwars.com/fans/rocks/20090619.html?page=3
(laughs) Or a TV show? We could do a future version of Cheers! There are actually some amazing robot-centered comic books from a magazine here in the UK called 2000 AD I used to read growing up, but I think I need to get a few films under my belt before I am ready for something like that!
FEARS: You mention Neuromancer, what other science fiction did you read growing up?http://fearsmag.com/08/index.php/ON-THE-COUCH-WITH-J.B.-MACABRE/FEARS-takes-a-trip-to-the-dark-side-of-the-MOON-with-director-Duncan-Jones.html
DUNCAN JONES: My real sci-fi education back then came at the hands of 2000 AD. 2000 AD was the daddy of all sci-fi comic books in Britain. It's where Judge Dredd originated, though the Dredd from the comic books was a far cry from the homogenized version Sylvester Stalone portrayed. Dredd was a fascist cop; a Gollum of law who brought the full weight of justice down on all law-breakers, no matter how petty or accidental their misdeeds. As a kid, reading Dredd, Robo-Hunter, ABC Warriors, Strontium Dog and later Rogue Trooper and other comics filled my head with a pithy mix of the best of British sci-fi and the dark and bitter humor that infused it.
+1 point for every mention, +5 for calling 2000AD a "holy book" and -1 each for "magazine" and "comic book" (even taking into account you have to pitch the description for the audience) which still leaves him comfortably in the black there.
It also raises the question of what the reading material must have been like in the Bowie household when he was a kid.
I know he has his heart set on Dredd (and one involving fatties sounds a lot more interesting that the easy option of Judge Death) but there is one in the works so, unless this is his early play for the director's chair, it might be a while until he gets a shot. There must be other stories he could adapt in the meantime on a lower budget (because, let's be honest, too large a budget can spoil a lot of comic adaptations, LXG anyone?) and, as I'm sure he has lurked here
throw in your suggestions.
The obvious one for me would be Cradlegrave. Strontium Dog could be interesting...