On the eve of Comic Con, Rich Johnston at Bleeding Cool has allowed us a sneak peak at one of the many scoops that are sure to come our way. Think of it like Christmas Eve, when you are allowed to open just one present.

Johnston says Karl Urban is about to be offered the lead role in Judge Dredd 3D, DNA Films’ $45 million reboot of the satirical 2000 AD comic anti-hero that we heard yesterday was being setup as ‘Die Hard taking place within the world of Blade Runner’.

Oh we can dig that! We loved his McCoy in Star Trek last year, and he’s always turned in good work in his action roles. Give me Urban any day over a bigger, growlier Ray Stevenson type.

This reboot will shoot in South Africa in the fall with the intention of it being closer to it’s gritty, edgier roots – over the ludicrous, mid 90′s Sylvester Stallone vehicle. Think John Carpenter’s Escape From New York, and it needed a hell of an actor to play the lead as their greatest tool (their eyes) won’t be visible behind a mask we are assured will never be removed. Thankfully.

Although I have huge reservations about director Pete Travis (Vantage Point) – he will be working from a script by a top tier sci-fi writer in Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine). Your thoughts on Urban and Dredd…

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This article was first posted on July 21, 2010