Sony announced some exciting news for Judge Dredd fans during this year’s San Diego Comic Con, as the planned TV series is moving ahead with comic book writer Rob Williams penning the pilot.

2000AD writer Williams has been in charge of writing Dredd for years now (alongside other titles) and he has now completed the show’s pilot script, as well as overseeing the series’ creative development, mapping out two years of narrative ahead of the release.

The concept – which was announced last year – won’t focus on Dredd directly, but will instead be an ensemble piece set in the futuristic metropolis in which Dredd and his colleagues work to stamp out crime.

Series producer Brian Jenkins said of the project, “It’s been really exciting to be working with Rob on the pilot. We have a really talented team here at Rebellion Productions and I’m really proud of them. Jason and I have been busy looking at locations and laying out season one as we gear up, to move forward into pre-production.”

As well as this, actor Karl Urban, who played the character in 2012‘s Dredd, has expressed an interest in reprising the role, telling fans at Star Trek Las Vegas, “I told them that if they write the material and give Dredd something to do and give him a function, I will be there. I would love to.”

There’s no news as yet on when or where Judge Dredd: Mega City One will air, but this announcement is certainly a step in the right direction, and the show is certainly safe in Williams’ hands.

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