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Dredd: The Illustrated Script and Visuals Review

by on July 15, 2014

The top half of his features are hidden below a visor. The lower half, his mouth and chin, look as if they have been carved from rock. Title: Dredd.

dredd3On July 17th, Dredd: The Illustrated Movie Script and Visuals by Jock and Alex Garland will be released for purchase online and in comic book stores. The limited edition hardcover copy of the book has already sold out online, but paperback copies of the book are still available online and at select comic book stores. You may want to call ahead to a local shop if you are thinking of going in to pick up a copy to make sure they have it.

For any fan of the comics or the 2012 Dredd film, this book is a definite must have. At 240 pages, it features intimate details about the films production, an introduction from Alex Garland and Jock, concept art, behind the scenes photos, and of course, the pre-production script running alongside the comics adaptation that was done by Jock. Here’s what screenwriter Alex Garland had to say;

“Part of [Jock’s] huge contribution was a full-length comic book version of the script, that we distributed to everyone from financiers to crew. His paintings and sketches were one of the quickest and most effective way of conveying the look and tone of the project. When – a very long time later – the picture was locked, I could see his input had pervaded the film at all levels.”

The introduction from Jock is fantastic; as a lifelong fan of Dredd, showcasing him as an artist who loved a character and his storylines so much, he wanted to work for 2000 AD doing art for Dredd one day. In a perfect ‘follow your dreams’ example, Jock’s first work began in 2000 when he started working on Judge Dredd. When he heard about the reboot, Jock created three pieces of concept art, wanting to detail how he thought the film should look and after he posted one online, news sites began picking it up and falsely posting it as official concept art. Luckily for Jock this turned out in his favor as he was contacted and brought on board the film project a very short time after.

The best part about the book is that readers get to see the film as it was in pre-production and the changes that were made in order to bring Dredd to life once again on the big screen, and some of the changes are staggering. I won’t spoil them, though, you’ll have to see for yourself and decide if you liked the original script ending, or the one you saw on film. Personally, I preferred the one I saw and not the one I read — in fact, the original ending may have ruined what the rest of the film created; a perfect representation of Dredd off the pages of the comics.


This book is nothing short of beautiful. Jock’s concept art is a fascinating look inside how scenery can be developed from photographs of pre-existing skylines and architecture. It’s Jock’s artwork that really makes the book, adding in subtle details or tidbits of information. There are also a couple variants of Dredd’s helmet, both the one that we see in the film and one featuring black and grey coloring, as well as concept art for different styles of the Lawgiver. Even the original idea for Ma-Ma was interesting, but again you’ll have to check out the book to see what her original concept was.

There’s nothing not to like about this book. If you were a fan of the film, you need to make sure that this book makes it into your collection at some point. The detailing is phenomenal, Jock’s inkings bring Garland’s written imagery to life, and the behind the scenes photos of the suits, helmets, bikes and on-set are a great view into the film that quickly became the immediate classic that it is now.

By the way, if you’d like a Dredd sequel, you’ll want to sign the petition that has been circulating for the last little while. Follow this link if you’d like to be one of the 125,000 signatures they’ve already collected. Also, if you are attending San Diego Comic Con, there will be a 2000 AD panel that weekend and the comic company will also have a booth on-site so you can grab all the Dredd merchandise you need as well as meet some of their top artists including Jock, Chris Burnham, Henry Flint, and writer Michael Carroll. (Earlier we incorrectly reported, based on information from a fellow site, that Olivia Thirlby and Karl Urban would be a part of the panel. We would like to apologize for any confusion this may have caused.)


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