Adi Shankar was the producer on the 2012 film, Dredd. Since that time, he’s made it his mission to keep the Judge alive in any way he knows how. He’d like to see a Dredd sequel, and so would I; but until that point in time, he’s happy to bring us an animated web series.
Shankar talks about the reasons he wants to do the series.
1. The “Bootleg Universe” is about viewing things through a fresh lens. I wanted to do something that played up the satirical tone of the Judge Dredd comics, an anti-establishment British comic about post apocalyptic America. Furthermore, I’m not going to bootleg my own thing and do it in live action … I’ll save that for Dirty Laundry 2.
2. I personally love cartoons, so I wanted to mimic the look of 90’s MTV, “Ren & Stimpy,” Liquid Television , with a dash of “ReBoot” and juxtapose that with the trademark violence found in everything I have done. When I was younger all of your favorite comic book sci-fi anti-hero characters had an animated series, X-Men: The Animated Series, Ultraforce, WildC.A.T.s, Savage Dragon, and even Youngblood got close … so in that tradition this is Judge Dredd’s foray into ultraviolent kids animation!”
He also provided this episode breakdown:
Episode 1: Judge Sydney
Episode 2: The Angel Gang
Episode 3: Judge Death
Episode 4: Rico & Vienna
Episode 5: In Death We Trust
Episode 6: Dredd vs Death
Judge Dredd: Superfriend is due out in it’s entirety on October 27th. The series is written and directed by The Junquera Brothers.