Democracy and lowlifes.
The first, ‘Democracy March’, shows the suspended streets packed with people amidst the Mega-City skyline (including the Statue of Liberty). The title may well be a reference to the events of “America”, one of the Judge Dredd comic series’ most well-loved storylines, which tackled some incredibly heavy themes, and saw a major change in Dredd’s depiction.
‘Democracy March’ concept art (click to enlarge).
The second piece of art, ‘Lowlife Arrival’, shows the deepest levels of Mega-City One. The original ‘Low Life’ comic storyline followed Judges operating in Mega-City One’s slums, and those imposing headlights might well show them turning up to do the same.
‘Lowlife Arrival’ concept art (click to enlarge).
If those connections to the original comics (many of which aren’t about Dredd himself) are indeed true, it lends credence to producer Jason Kingsley’s promise that the show will create “multi-thread storylines, one of which will be Dredd’s but others which take us into the wider world of Mega-City One.”
Both pieces were completed last year, indicating that the show has been in development for quite some time.
While it remains unattached to a network, the team behind Judge Dredd: Mega-City One is in talks with Dredd movie lead Karl Urban to reprise his role – a choice that would likely prove very popular.
Exploring Mega-City One and bringing back Karl Urban are two of the 9 things we want from a Dredd TV show – here’s hoping they nail the rest, too.