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Judge Dredd Returns to Live Action on the Small Screen

Its been announced that Judge Dredd will be getting a new live-action adaptation, this time on the small screen. IM Global and Rebellion have teamed up for a new television show called Judge Dredd: Mega City One. The series is set in a future where the East Coast of the United States has become one giant megalopolis filled with crime where a team of Judges (future cops) are empowered to be the judge, jury, and executioner.

The character has had two live-action versions. The first was in 1995 with Judge Dredd, Sylvester Stallone played the title character. In 2012 Karl Urban took over the role in Dredd. Though that film didn’t do well at the box office, it has built a cult following due to its solid adaptation of the material. It has also led to movements to bring more stories featuring the character to the screen with numerous rumors that was the case over the years.

No casting has been announced.

The character was created in 1977 by John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra and first appeared in the comic anthology 2000 AD.

A poster for the show has been released which you can see below.

(via Entertainment Weekly)

Syco Entertainment & IM Global Partner on The Fifth Beatle Film

the fifth beatleProlific independent entertainment studio IM Global, acclaimed writer Vivek J. Tiwary and Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment have announced they will partner to co-produce the feature film version of The Fifth Beatle.  The screenplay, written by Tiwary, is an adaptation of  his acclaimed graphic novel based on the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein.

The Fifth Beatle is a New York Times #1 best-selling graphic novel that recounts the true story of Brian Epstein, the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool and guided them to unimaginable success.  But it’s also the story of how Epstein, of whom Paul McCartney said, “if anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian,”  overcame seemingly insurmountable odds and personal demons  while bringing the Beatles to the world’s attention and kicking off a cultural revolution in the process.

Tiwary, Cowell and IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford will serve as producers, and have already secured an unprecedented agreement with Sony/ATV Publishing for the use of Beatles music to be used in the film. IM Global President of Production Matt Jackson, President of IM Global Music David Schulhof, and Syco  Entertainment’s Head of Film Adam Milano will serve as executive producers. The producers also anticipate bringing a director onboard shortly.

Tiwary wrote the graphic novel, which was published by Dark Horse Comics, with art created by award-winning artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle BakerThe Fifth Beatle has  won many major literary awards, including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award (the comics industry’s Academy Award) and two Harvey Awards (the comics industry’s Golden Globes), including Best Original Graphic Album. It was named a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, and has been added to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Library and Archives Permanent Collection.

This is a bit if a restart for the film which was announced as having director Peyton Reed attached in 2013 and was to begin production in 2014. Casting was reportedly underway at one point.

The graphic novel is a wonderful read, and you can read a review here.