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                                  JUDGE DREDD



                                  Written by

                              Steven E. de Souza



                                  Story by

                         William Wisher & Walon Green




                                                      SECOND DRAFT
                                                    March 17, 1994

                         

                         JUDGE DREDD

                         FADE IN:

          BLACK SCREEN.

                         NARRATOR
          In the third millennium, the
          world... changed.

          1 MONTAGE (STOCK - IF DESIRED) 1
          Vicious events, both natural and man-made. Earthquakes.
          Floods. Ice storms. War. Riots. Chaos and injustice.

                         NARRATOR(CONT'D)
          Climate. Nations. Borders. All
          were in upheaval. Humanity itself
          turned as violent as the planet.
          Civilization threatened to collapse.
          And then... a solution was found.
          The crumbling, teetering legal
          system was merged with the
          overburdened police, creating a
          powerful and efficient hybrid.
          Trained equally in jurisprudence
           and combat, these new guardians (X)
           of Society could dispense both
           justice and punishment. They were (X)
           police, jury and executioner, all
           in one. They were... The Judges.

                         2 2
          thru OMITTED thru

                         4 4

          5 EXT. WASTELAND - DAY 5

          It looks like the beginning of time... or its end. Nothing
          grows here. Nothing could. This is the CURSED EARTH. With a
          WHIRR, a SHUTTLE appears in the sky. We PAN it to a GIANT CITY
          WALL. A LOCK-LIKE GATE chugs open. The shuttle ENTERS.

          6 INT. CITY LOCK - DAY 6

          As the massive craft settles, it is sprayed down by HI-POWERED
          JETS. Brown dirt drips away to show eroding metal and the LOGO:

          "MEGA-CITY JUDGE SYSTEM - ASPEN PRISON SHUTTLE #3."

          P.A. SYSTEM

          ASPEN PRISON SHUTTLE DOCKED. (X)

          PAROLEES, PREPARE TO DISEMBARK. (X)
          The shuttle's air lock port whooses OPEN. A line of drably (X)
          dressed men and women exit, carrying their few possessions. (X)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           JUDGE DREDD 2 Rev. #1: 16/4/94

          7 THE CITY LOCK - INNER GATE TO CITY - DAY 7
          One by one the parolees return to society. We follow the last:
          HERMAN FERGUSON ("FERGIE"). Fergie's a.genius - a genius
          without common sense, street smarts, or muscle tone. So his
          career as a master criminal has gone absolutely nowhere.

                         GATE GUARD

                         (SCANNING HIM)
          Ferguson, Herman. Six month
          sentence Aspen Prison served.
           Welcome back, Citizen. Your living _
           assignment is Block Y, "Heavenly
           Haven", Red Quad. Watch it or (X)
           your ass will be back in Aspen. (X)
           Fergie hurries through the gate. We follow him - as he stops in
           his tracks. He's looking at

          8 A MAGNIFICENT CITY 8
           Giant towers reach miles into the sky. Elevated skyways are
           filled with traffic. Flying Barges and Shuttles service the
           highest levels. Dominating all is a building shaped like an
           EAGLE: The Hall of Justice. Almost lost and forgotten among' (X)
           the towering buildings is a relic from our time: The Statue of (X)
           Liberty. Title Supered: (X)

           MEGA-CITY ONE: 2539 (X)
           Fergie takes another look at the gleaming city, and then his (X)
          papers. (X)

                          FERGIE (X)
          Heavenly Haven. Sounds nice.

                         CUT TO:

          9 EXT. HEAVENLY HAVEN BLOCK - DAY 9

          And it is nice - a perfect Utopian future of happy families
          strolling through a green urban park. CAMERA WIDENS... and we
          realize that the scene is a, "video poster" on a bleak and
          rubble-filled EMPTY LOT..Z

                         VIDEO POSTER
          (taped V.0.)
          --oming soon, the Heavenly Haven
          Pocket Park. Bringing fresh air
          and recreation to your lives.
          Another design for better living
          from the Mega-City Council. Coming
          soon, the Heavenly Haven Pocket
          Park. Bringing fresh air...

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         3

                         9 CONTINUED:
          Surrounding the lot on all four sides are GIANT TENEMENTS.
          Weary, hungry and dirty RESIDENTS ("Rezzies") scurry by on (X;
          errands both lldegaannot.

          10 NEW ANGLE - THE EMPTY LOT 10
          A MUNICIPAL VEHICLE pulls up. A bored CITY TECH gets out, goes
          to the Video Poster Standee and turns it OFF in mid-ilspe. The
          sudden silence attracts some attention. The TECH drops in a NEW
          VIDEO CART which begins to PLAY as he drives away. Rezzies
          gather around to watch the new video.

          CLOSER - VIDEO) POSTER 11
          Showing a monolithic BUILDING on the empty lot.

          VIDEO POSTER V.O.
          Coming soon, the Heavenly Haven Law
          Enforcement Barracks, bringing
          surveillance and security to your
          lives. Another design for better (X)
          living from the Mega City Council.
          lI REVERSE ANGLE 12
          As this sinks in on the tenement residents.

                         FIRST RESIDENT
          Our Park! They stole our park!

                         SECOND RESIDENT
          Lying bastards!

                         FIRST RESIDENT
          Lying Judges!
          A ER::! gets tossed into the VIDEO SCREEN. As it SPARKS, the
          residents swarm, knocking it over - then the chain link fence
          around the lot starts to shake, heave and collapse -

          :N HEAVENLY HAVEN BLOCK TOWER - UPPER FLOOR - DAY 13
          WIDEN from a sign on the door: THIS LEVEL CONDEMNED.
          Nonetheless a group of SQUAT'T'ERS ;s living here. Several
          GIGGLE, ingesting some future narcotic through tubes they stuff
          in their noses. Suddenly, SHOUTS and BREAKING GLASS rouse them
          from their stupor.
          ZED, the meanest looking squatter, goes to the window, curious.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         4

                         3 CONTINUED: 13

                         ZED
          Hey, Homies. The rezzies are going
          mental.

                         (GIGGLING)
          Let's give 'em a hand.
           As the others start to take out weapons, we (X)

                          CUT TO:

                         4 14
          _..ru OMITTED thru

                         16

          17 INT. TAXI SHUTTLE - IN FLIGHT - DUSK 17

          Fergie's jammed in with other lower economic PASSENGERS. He
          sees a terrace pool where a number of girls are frolicking. He
          waves at the girls, speaks to the Shuttle DRIVER.

                         FERGIE
          Right down there... I think that's
          Heavenly Haven.
          NC such luck. The craft BANKS.

          :..XT. TAXI SHUTTLE - NIGHT 18
          As :: descends, the structures it passes grow progressively
          -de:. Filth and grime cover everything. The shuttle lands
          z.. r.e street with a WHOOSH. (X)

                         19
          he sets out the shuttle lifts off. Fergie looks
          signs.

                         FERGIE
          Still better than prison.
           BR.'.-TA':-TAT! Suddenly GUNFIRE erupts all around him. He looks

                          ASTONISHMENT AT
          I'r SE ER.AL WINDOWS - HIS P . O . V . 20
          As more and more frustrated residents OPEN FIRE at anything and
          everything.

                         VOICES

          BLOCK WAR! BLOCK WAR! BLOCK WAR!
          Fergie runs into the building.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         5

          INT. HEAVENLY HAVEN TOWER - NIGHT

          People run in panic as bullets shatter windows. A BATTERED
          ROBOT FOOD CART cruises the hallway, oblivious to the people
          darting around it.

          ROBOT FOOD CART

                         (A RECORDING)
          Delicious and healthful ration
          packs, piping hot and ready to
          eat..!
          Fergie darts around the robot, SEES a small MAINTENANCE HATCH
           in the wall and jumps inside. His long HOWL tells us he didn't (X)
           expect the long fall that results.

                          CUT TO:

          22 EXT. HEAVENLY HAVEN BLOCK - STREET LEVEL 22

           A resident breaks for cover, tries to run across thestreet.
           BHUDDA-BHUDDA-BHUDDA. He's cut down midway.

          23 INT. HEAVENLY HAVEN TOWERS - THE SQUATTERS 23

           Have spread out and are firing from the windows of several
           ac Joining rooms.

                          ZED
           Did you see that! What a fucking
           shot! What a fucking shot - !
           Reggie h -fives him. Then an overhead THUD makes them look up
           a- the HEATING VENT. Zed reaches up - yanks off the grate -

                         24 1 E'V: ANGLE 24
          Fergie tumbles into the room. Zed puts one foot on him, points
          his gun right between his eyes.

                         ZED
          What do we have here? You a Judge,
          little man?
          The others laugh at the concept.

                         FERGIE
           Me, a Judge, no, no -

                          (SHOWING PAPERS)
           I live here, I mean, I'm gonna live (X)
          here - if - if I live -

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         6

                         CONTINUED: 24

          3RD SQUATTER (TWIST)
          If you're a rezzie, then why are
          you hiding? This is a block war,
          man!
          They grab him, playing roughly with him.

                         ZED
          You gonna stand up for your block,
          ain't ya?

                         FERGIE
          Look, I'm out on parole - If I get
          into any trouble my ass is right
          back in Aspen -
          CLICK. Zed's gun is in his face.
          FERGIE (cont' d)
          (quickly, cheerleading)
          Let's go, Haven, Let's go Haven,
          Haven all the way -
          BANANA CLIPS are shoved into his hands along with boxes of
          :artridaes.

                         REGGIE
          Reload, dipshit.
          BULLETS rip through the windows here. Fergie ducks,
          _er-_fied... drops the bullets.

                         CUT TO:

          2= - • STREET LEVEL - NIGHT - CLOSE ON TWO FIGURES 25
           wearinc armored uniforms, riding ARMORED MOTORCYCLES called
           LAWMASTERS. Both riders wear HELMETS that conceal most of their
           =aces. But we can see that the leader is a woman. Her badge
           reads "Hershey". Suddenly BULLETS ping around her. Several
           ricochet off the arm ored bike.

                         HERSHEY
          Take cover!

                         26 WIDER 26
          As bullets seek them out, both riders dive off their bikes and
          roll into combat positions behind a low wall. Hershey's partner
          BRISCO is young and eager... too eager.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         7

                         CONTINUED:

                         BRISCO

                         (BEHIND BARRICADE)
          Just like an Academy Simulation,
          right down to the crossfire.

                         (RISING)
          I'll lead off, you follow.

                         HERSHEY
          (yanking him back)
          This isn't a Sim, Rookie! Stand
          down and wait for back up!
          (into helmet mike)
          In position outside Heavenly Haven.
          Pinned down by fire from upper
          floors.

                         CUT TO:

          27 EXT. VIEW OVER MEGA - NIGHT 27

          A figure close to CAMERA straddles an even bigger LAWMASTER
          CYCLE that makes a Harley look like a mo-ped. The rider's
          GLOVED HAND activates the Lawmaster's CITY MAP.

          HERSHEY(V.O.)
          Fire is coming from Level Y, repeat
          Y. Request back-up, nearest Judge!
          The map BEEPS, shows a route. The hand moves to the THROTTLE.

          2E LAWMASTER - WIDER 28
           -DA,RS away from the CAMERA, burning rubber.

                          CUT TO:

          29 EXT. STREET - BLOCK WAR - NIGHT 29

          Hershey and Brisco are pinned down under a barrage of fire.
          Smoke fills the street, the sounds of automatic weapons fire,
          exploding glass, and screams, fill the air. Hershey tries to
          ae: a shot off - a bullet CRACKS her face plate -

                         CUT TO:

          3C THAT ONCOMING LAWMASTER 30
          Whips around a corner - dodges a burned out vehicle. The mighty
          bike VAULTS the barricades and lands. A MOLOTOV COCKTAIL sails
          in front of it,, EXPLODES. The rider'does a WHEELIE!

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         8

                         UP ANGLE
          The bike parts the flames like a curtain, SMASHES DOWN right
          in the middle of all the chaos. The Rider gets off.

          32 HERSHEY AND BRISCO

                         32
          huddle behind their bikes at the perimeter. They react to a
          figure emerging from the smoke.

                         BRISCO
          That's our back-up? He's a sitting
          duck out there. You'd think he
          wants them to see him.
          Hershey smiles ruefully.

                         HERSHEY
          If that's who I think it is... he
          does.

                         33 THE FIGURE

                         33
          Steps out of the flames. Six feet of armored justice, he was
          raised in a State Orphanage that taught him Duty and Honor.
          Now, he serves that State as Judge... Jury... and Executioner.
          ::is BADGE fills the frame: "DREDD".

                         CUT TO:

          34 _N':. SQUATTER'S LEVEL - NIGHT

                         34
          Tw:st stares down, scared.

                         TWIST
          Fuck. That's Judge Dredd. We gotta
          surrender while we can--
          He starts to raise his gun over his head. Zed smacks him in the
          yaw with his own weapon.

                         ZED
          You chickenshit bowab! He's gonna
          surrender to us. And then we'll
          blow his brains out.
          (shouting).
          Come and get us, Dredd!
          Zed FIRES out the window. Reggie happily joins, then the
          others. Finally Twist shrugs, FIRES too.

                         REGGIE'
          More ammo!
          A terrified Fergie hands him a clip.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         9

          ,5 EXT. THE STREET - NIGHT

           The stream of GUNFIRE chews up the pavement at Dredd's feet.

                          HERSHEY
           Down! You crazy futz - !

                         36 DREDD 36
           strides calmly over to them.

                          DREDD
           He's firing a 64 laze pumper from
           six hundred feet. He couldn't hit
           me if I painted a bull's eye on my
           ass.

                         (GLANCING UP)
          We'll keep it simple. Standard
          relay. Single file. I'm point.
          Hershey nods. Brisco, eager to prove himself, steps in front
          of Dredd at the Heavenly Block entrance.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          You - last.
          Dredd pushes Brisco behind Hershey. Turns toward Heavenly as
          re draws his massive LAWGIVER HANDGUN. Dredd speaks into the
          ::ny computer in the breech as he aims at the door.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          Grenade.
          :'�BccM! The round knocks the steel door off its hinges. Dredd
          r:zxs :z aside and the Judges enter.

                         CUT TO:

          37 IN:'. HEAVENLY TOWERS - WITH THE SQUATTERS - NIGHT 37
          Feraie, terrified, passes loaded ammo clips to his "friends".
          The WHIRR of a motor outside the hallway attracts his attention.

          38 HIS POV - THE FOOD ROBOT - ON ITS ROUNDS 38

                         FOOD ROBOT
          Delicious and healthful ration
          packs, piping hot and ready to
          eat..!

                         39 FERGIE 39
          Looks at his crazed "friends" and then backs up to the robot...

                         CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          10 -

          INT. HEAVENLY HAVEN CORRIDOR - NIGHT


                         40
          Dredd, Hershey, and Brisco stride forward. SOUND of GUNFIRE
          tells them they are close to their target.

                         HERSHEY

                         (TENTATIVELY POINTING)
          I think they're there -
          Dredd shakes his head... points. . .down.

                         DREDD
          No. There.

                         CUT TO:

          40A INT. SQUATTER'S ROOMS - NIGHT


                         40A
          The squatters here are so busy FIRING their own guns out the
          window they don't SEE the CIRCLE OF BULLET HOLES that carve an
          oper.;ng above their heads!
           With a CRASH, the section of ceiling FALLS IN - Dredd rides it
           down, FIRING!

          40E NEW ANGLE "

                         40B
          His shots catch most of the shooters by surprise. The few
          survivors throw down their weapons.

                         DREDD
          This room is pacified.
          mcves carefully through the smoke. Behind him, Hershey and

                         __:SCC
          -ump down to the floor, check the bodies. Hershey cuffs
          :-::se s=__: alive.

          4- AT T E DOOR TO THE NEXT ROOM

                         41
          Dreoc avcids the door, moves along the wall. Suddenly Brisco
          darts forward.

                         BRISCO
          This one's mine!

          ,HERSHEY
          No!
           Dredd moves to stop him but he's too far away. Brisco kicks
          the door open -

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          11 -

          IN THE NEXT SQUATTER'S ROOM 4
          He's face to face with Reggie, Zed, and Twist.

                         BRISCO
          This room is under--
          BUDDA BUDDA BUDDA! Brisco is blown backwards off his feet.

                         43 DREDD 43
          spins around. Sees Brisco dead in the doorway. Snarls,
          enraged. Hershey whirls, KICKS down one of the wounded who
          tries to escape in the confusion.

          44 IN THE OTHER ROOM 44

                         TWIST

                         (SUDDENLY NOTICING)
          Hey. Where's the little ammo dude?
          As they all look for Fergie, the wall next to the door EXPLODES
          OPEN. Dredd enters through it.

                         DREDD
          You're all under arrest. Will you
          surrender, or would you like your
          trials now?
           7ne', look at him for a moment - then BLAST away.

                         4 45
           for cover, FIRES back - but one guy has a weapon as big as
          a :.a_nsaw, and it's decimating Dredd's hiding place.

                          DREDD

                          (INTO LAWGIVER)
           Armor piercing! (X)
          I SEEP and LED change on the weapon. Dredd FIRES - (X)
          4t H: S ENEMY 46
           The bullet goes THROUGH his weapon, kills him! (X)

          4- BACK TO SCENE 47
          Dredd turns, sees Reggie and another squatter charging at him
          from both sides.

                         DREDD

                         (INTO LAWGIVER)

                         DOUBLE WHAMMYI

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         12

                         AT-7 CONTINUED: 47
           BEEP. He FIRES. Two bullets come out at once, each taking (X
           out a man! But Reggae`s body rolls into Dre d, knocking him
           off his feet!

          48 CLOSE ON DREDD 48
           He's lost his Lawgiver! He reaches out for it - and gets kicked
           in the head! CAMERA ADJUSTS to show Twist, sudd enly courageous
          with Dredd on the floor.

                         TWIST

                         (SEEING IT)
          Lawgiver! Awesome!
          And he snatches it up, and aims at Dredd's head!

                         49 WIDER 49

                         ZED

                         (SHOUTING)
          Don't touch it! They're booby
           trapped - !
           Too late. A high pitched BEEP is the only warning before the
           Handgun EXPLODES, knocking Zed off his feet.

          C NEW ANGLE 50
           Zed starts to get up - sees Twist's ARM on his body! Screaming,
           flings it aside and jumps up - right into Dredd's KICK.

                         DREDD
          Mega-City Municipal Code 334.8.
          Willful destruction of property.
          That's two years.
          WHAR:. He hits Zed in the face. Zed rocks, but stays up. He
          fries tc grab a nearby weapon, but Dredd kicks it away.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          Code 11-5C. Illegal possession of
          assault weapons. Five years.
          Zed blocks Dredd's next blow; pulls him into a brutal embrace,
          slams Dredd against the walf. Again!

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          Code 7034-A. Resisting arrest.
          Twenty years.
          Dredd breaks free! Slams Zed once, twice. Zed flies back
          against the wall.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         13

                         FAVORING ZED

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          9804. Assault on a Judge with
          deadly intent.

                         ZED
          (tough, scornful)
          Don't tell me. Life.
          CAMERA REVEALS that Zed another weapon hidden behind his back.
          Now, he goes for it!

                         52 FAVORING DREDD 52
          We weren't expecting Zed's move. Dredd was. While we were
          blinking, he kicked a fallen weapon up from the floor and caught

                         DREDD
          No... Death.
          He FIRES at the same moment as Zed! Zed's shot hits Dredd's
          ARMOR, pings off. Dredd's shot hits Zed's heart.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          Court is adjourned.

                         OX:TTED 5_

          54 :NT. HEAVENLY HAVEN CORRIDOR - NIGHT 54
          O: er Judges and paramedics have arrived. The Judges process
          arres:ees and the paramedics see to the wounded.
          ::ersnev• rooks on beside Dredd as Brisco's body is zipped into
          a cac an, --4 away.

                         HERSHEY
          I was supposed to watch out for him.

                         DREDD
          He made the mistake. Not you.
          Dredd cocks his head, listening. Somehow in the din and
          confusion he has heard something. He turns.

                         :5 NEW ANGLE 55
          The food robot is coming down the corridor, skittering around
          bodies and debris.
          Its actions are less smooth than before, and its voice seems
          off, too.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         14

                         55 CONTINUED: 55

                         FOOD ROBOT
          Ummm, umm, yumm! Healthful and
          nutritious food rations, ready to
          eat!
          Dredd suddenly pushes forward in the crowd. Hershey follows.
          She watches, puzzled, as he steps in the automaton's path,
          takes an assault rifle from another Judge and AIMS it!

                         DREDD

                         (TO ROBOT)
          Halt! You have ten seconds to
          surrender. Ten. Nine.

                         HERSHEY

                         (PUZZLED)
          Dredd, It's just a servo-droid -

                         DREDD
          (aside to Hershey)
          The guide wire in the floor isn't
          working.
          (to the robot)
          Five! Four!

                          FOOD ROBOT
           Ah, just put your credit in your
          selection and - credit in the slot
          and-and - shit!
          The robot stops. The jumble of food in back spills out and
          Fergie uncoils from the cramped interior, still holding the
          scarK r.a wires he was using to manipulate the machine.

                         DREDD
          Mega-City Municipal Code 1286.4:
          Willful sabotage of a public
          servo-droid. That's six months,
          citizen.
          He grabs Fergie, pushes him against the wall.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          (taking it)-
          Let's see your Unicard.

                         FERGIE
          Come on, give me a break, Judge uh-.

                         (SEEING NAMETAG)
          D-dredd?
          By now Dredd has run his scanner over Fergie's chip and Fergie's
          dossier is zipping by.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         15

                         CONTINUED: ( 2)

                         DREDD
          FERGUSON, Herman. Forget six
          months: You've hacked into city
          droids, computers...
          (reading, interested)
          Cash machines, robot taxis... And
          you haven't even been out of jail
          for twenty four hours.

                         (TO HERSHEY)
           He's habitual, Hershey. Automatic (X)
           five year sentence.

                          FERGIE
          Five years? But - I - I had no
          choice, judge -
          He sees Dredd's impassive face, turns to Hershey's more
          sympathetic one.

                         FERGIE(CONT'D)
          They were killing each other up
          there, I had to get out! I only
          hacked the droid to save my life!
          It was the only way!

                         DREDD
          Not at all. You could have climbed
          out a window, worked your way down.
          Or found a turboshaft and shimmied
          down the cable.

                         FERGIE
          Sixty stories? It woulda been
          suicide!

                         DREDD
          Maybe. But it would have been
          legal. I sentence you to five years
          in. Aspen Penitentiary. Case closed.
          Take him away.
          s-': protesting, Fergie is hauled away. Hershey looks at
          Dredd.

                         HERSHEY
          He might have been telling the
          truth. Haven't you ever heard of
          extenuating circumstances?

                         DREDD '
          Yes. And cowardice isn't one of
          them.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          16 -

                          5 CONTINUED: (3) 5-
           She looks at Dredd disappointingly and we (X;

                          CUT TO:

          =5A EXT. HALL OF JUSTICE - NIGHT 55A

           The gleaming civil and legal heart of Mega-City, shaped like (X)
           the symbol of the Judge System itself: An Eagle. (X)

           VOICE (GRIFFIN) (X)
           My fellow Judges, have we forgotten (X)
           the lessons of History? (X)

          =5B INT. HALL OF JUSTICE - COUNCIL CHAMBER - NIGHT 55B

           The CAMERA discovers the Mega-City Council of Judges, in mid- (X)
           session CHIEF JUST ICE FARGO, 70, sits at an elevated position (X)
           a: a great BLACK TAB LE. Other Judges sit on either side of him. (X)
           Arcng them are JUDGE MCGRUDER, a woman in her 60's, open minded (X)
           b:: with an ironill w ; JUDGE ESPOSITO, 50's, thoughtful, (X)
           accommodatin g; JUDG E YAMAMOTO, 50's, short-tempered, yet fair; (X)
           and JUDGE GRIFFIN , 6 0, with a mind and body as honed as men half (X)
           :,s agehis cl , ean f eatures can hide much. But now, they hide (X)
           `ng: His pass i on and sincerity make his words ring. (X)
           GRIFFIN(cont'd) (X)
           A R epublic is a body politic that (X)
           i s susceptible to many ills... from (X)
           eni nuto anarchy. And the block (X)
           wa r to d ay was a definite warning (X)
           s i gn of - (X)
           asser:bi\• REACTS as rowdily as the British Parliament. (X)

                          MCGRUDER (X)
           - of your misguided policies as (X)
           Urban Administrator! (X)

                         YAMAMOTO
          Hold on, Judge McGruder - let's not
          blame the messenger! Judge Griffin

                         HAS -

                         ϿESPOSITO
          - Griffin has been trying to get
          us to swallow his crime package (X)
          for two years now and I still have

                         INDIGESTION -
          UPROAR. We sense that the room is evenly divided. A GAVEL
          BANGS for order with a CRACK like thunder. Everyone quiets as
          quickly as schoolchildren..

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         17
          FAVORING FARGO c_

                         FARGO
          Order, order! As presiding Justice,
          I only vote to break a tie. But
          I wish to address the question of
          Judge Griffin's crime package. Is
          there any objection?

                         GRIFFIN
          This entire body owes its very
          existence to you, Chief Justice.
           (looking around) = (X )
           I can ' t imagine anyone having an
           objection.
           CAMERA sweeps towards Fargo, passing over the MAP of North (X)
          America etched on t h e great DAIS. Only a few lights stand out (X)
          on all the conti nent: MEGA-CITY ONE; MEGA-CITY TWO; TEXAS CITY; (X)
           and the ASPEN PENAL C OLONY. All the rest is labeled THE CURSED (X)

          EARTH. (X)
           Fargo stands, eyes blazing with intelligence and intensity. (X)
          we sense t h at we are observing a Lion in Winter. And the lion
          can still roar.

                         FARGO
          This body is not the first assembly ('
          to think that more laws and fewer
          choices will bring peace and order. (X)
          That delusion has been tried and
          failed before. If the citizens of
          Mega-City are demanding more control
          of their lives, that's not a threat
          - it's a signal! A signal to open
          the windows of our society and let
          it: breathe -
          (a look to Griffin)
          Not to bolt the door and throw away
          the key! My fellow Judges, I was (X)
          barely in my teens when I put on
          this badge. When the time comes
          for me to take it off... let me do
          it. knowing that it stood for
          Freedom... and not for Repression.
          He sits down. Clearly he has changed the mood of the room.

                         JUDGE GRIFFIN
          Once again, Chief Justice,'you have
          served as a moral compass for all
          of us. I... withdraw my proposal.

                         (PAUSE)
          I hope ... for-good.

                         CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          18 -

          INT. HALL OF JUSTICE - CORRIDOR


                         - NIGHT

                         56
          Dredd is watching a MONITOR. VARDIS HAMMOND, grey-haired,
          commanding, is standing in front of Heavenly Haven Block while
          workers put things back in order.
          HAMMOND(on monitor)
          --fifty three people hospitalized.

                          (X)
          Five of them... children. Nine
          dead...
          four of them allegedly (X)
          killed by a gang of squatters...
          who were themselves killed in (X)
          summary executions by Judge Dredd. (x)

                         (X)
          CAMERA WIDENS as the Council Chamber doors OPEN. The Judges
          come out. Griffin comes over, watches with Dredd. Dredd
          stiffens at the approach of his superior. Griffin silently
          indicates for him to stand at ease.

                         HAMMOND(CONT'D)
          Some people say that to be a Judge
          on these mean streets is bound to (X)
          have a certain dehumanizing effect, (X)
          and that we should sympathize with (X)
          the Judges. I agree. But the Mega- (X)
          City Council apparently doesn't. (X)
          To them, "dehumanization" isn't just (X)
          a buzz word (X)
          - it's a byword. And
          I'll show just how terrifyingly far (X)
          they've taken that thought... (X)
          tomorrow night. (X)

                         (X)

                         DREDD
          (turning, to Griffin)
          A rookie Judge died there, too.
          I guess he wasn't worth mentioning.

                         GRIFFIN

                         (WRYLY)
          No, that might confuse the viewers.
          We can't be victims, Dredd... we're
          the villains!

                         (ANGUISHED)
          Don't they understand we need law
          and order? Housing car. wait...
          safe streets can;-.,

          D��DD
          Things will get better, sir.

                         GRIFFIN

                         (LEAVING)
          I pray you're right, Dredd.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          19 -

                         WITH DREDD

                          S
          Ch As Griffin leaves, Dredd turns. As he passes the Council (X)
           amber, Fargo beckons to him. Startled, Dredd joins him. (X)

                          DREDD (X)
           Chief Justice?

                          (X)

                          FARGO
           Four Summary Executions, Dredd. (X)
           Were they necessary?

                          (X)

                          DREDD (X)
           They were unavoidable, sir. Out (X)
           there... that's the reality. (X)

                          FARGO

                          W (X)
           e make our own reality, Dredd. (X)
           Maybe it ' s time for a new one. (X)
           Although I doubt Judge Griffin would (X)
           recognize a new reality if he (X)
          arrested it himself.

                         (X)

                         DREDD
          With all due respect, sir, how can
          you say that when you spend most
          of your time -
          D edd breaks off; he's said too much. But Fargo won't let him
          she hook.

                         FARGO
          Most of my time where?

                         DREDD
          At the Academy... Sir.

                         FARGO
          Don't you mean at the Academy wiping
          Cadet's Asses? That is what they
          say in the squad room, isn't it?

                         DREDD
          It.. doesn't matter what they say,
          Sir. You're the.Chief Justice of
          Mega City. If rt weren't for you
          and the others like you, we wouldn't
          have our justice system. There
          isn't a Judge in Mega-City who
          doesn't want to follow in your
          footsteps.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          20 -

                         7 CONTINUED: 57

                         FARGO
          I'm glad you feel that way, Dredd.
          Because starting tomorrow you're
          going to spend one day a week at
          the Academy... teaching.
          Dredd takes this in his stride.

          DR,EDD
          I'd be honored. Unarmed combat,
          or marksmanship?

                         FARGO
          (exiting, with a grin)
          Ethics.
          And as Dredd reacts, we

                          CUT TO:

          58 EXT. ASPEN PENAL COLONY - DAY 58

          An ominous mountain fortress. GUARD TOWERS on every corner.
          WIND rattles the concertina wire on the walls. If the Cursed
          Earth is hell, this is hell's prison.

          :NT. ASPEN PENAL COLONY - WARDENS OFFICE - DAY 59
          Stark, spare on creature comforts. WARDEN JUDGE MILLER paces.
          =rorr. time to time he looks at a small PACKAGE on his desk.

                         CLOSE 60
          sma:: SEALED BOX with a THUMBCODE LOCK.

          3A0!< TO SCENE 61
           looks at it, frustrated. Finally makes his decision. He
           picks it up, leaves the room.

                          CUT TO:

          62 INT- MAXIMUM SECURITY WING 62
           Miller and two GUARDS stride through the old part of the
           complex. Everything gets progressively dirti er and dilapidated
          as they go. Finally, they reach a MASSIVE STE EL DOOR with.a
          computer access screen. Miller puts his thumb in the lock.

                         MILLER'
          Miller. Warden.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          21 -

                         2 CONTINUED: 6

                         COMPUTER VOICE
          Voice sample and thumbscan
          recognized.
          The DOOR OPENS. Miller turns to the guards.
          MILLER (cont' d)
          Wait here.

          CUT .TO:
          c "3 INT. RICO'S CELL - DAY 63
          Miller steps inside. AUTOGUNS swivel toward him. "Read" his
          BADGE. BEEP. The autoguns swing away. The door CLOSES.

                         RICO'S VOICE
          Hello, Warden.

                         64 REVERSE ANGLE 64
          We're in a large circular room. In the center is an isolated
          PLATFORM. A curtain of BLUE LIGHT surrounds it. Behind this,
          :GURE draws a bead of sweat from his forehead...
          ansently flicks it at the energy curtain. It SIZZLES. The
          -icure moves CLOSER. This is RICO.

                         RICO(CONT'D)
          Have you come for another... chat?

                         MILLER
          A short one, I'm afraid. Duty
          calls.

                         RI CO

                         (LAUGHS )
          We're both prisoners here. You
          behind a desk... me behind.., this.
          Fargo's reward for our services.

                         MILLER
          When you killed innocent people you
          went far beyond-'service.
          Rico stands. Moves toward the energy curtain. Glares at
          Miller.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          22 -

          -,4 CONTINUED: 64

                         RICO
          "Innocent"? A meaningless word.
          The innocent exist only until they
          inevitably become perpetrators
          themselves. In the end, "Guilt"
          and "Innocence" are merely a matter
          of timing.

                         MILLER
          'You're insane.

                         RICO
          Am I? When did you become a
          perpetrator? Was it the time you
          found money mysteriously transferred
          into your account? Or the time I
          was sentenced to death? You've been
          taking bribes for years, Warden.
          You're a criminal. And a stupid
          one: You don't even know who's
          paying you.

                         MILLER
          I don't want to know.

                         RICO
          If ignorance is bliss, Warden, then (X)
          you must be very blissful.

                         (WEARY)
          Miller, why are you here?

                         MILLER
          Your mysterious benefactor has sent
          you a package.
          M:.. .er speaks into a console before Rico's laser-guarded "cell.

                          MILLER (CONT'D)
          Deactivate Shield.
          ENERGY CURTAIN drops. The autoguns on the wall swivel
          toward Rico. Miller moves onto the platform, hands over the
          package. Rico places his thumb on the lock and it OPENS.

                         65 THE PACKAGE 65
          Rico's JUDGE'S BADGE rests inside. Along with a PHOTOGRAPH...
          of Hammond, the newscaster. And... what appears to be a
          "Rubic's Cube" type TUBULAR PUZZLE.,

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          23 -

          6 BACK TO SCENE

                         6
          Rico begins to manipulate the puzzle.

                         MILLER

                         (CURIOUS)
          What is that?

                         RICO
          The Ancient Puzzle, Miller: The
          One about the Meaning of Life.

                         MILLER

                         (SARCASTIC)
          Really. And what is the meaning
          of Life?

                         RICO
          It's over.
          And he AIMS the "puzzle". BLAM!

                         67 MILLER

                         67
          The SHOT from the tiny weapon hits him in the throat. Gasping,
          ne falls onto his knees. With one hand on his throat, he
          staggers to the door while Rico descends from his platform.

                         MILLER

                         (COUGHING)
          Computer.. . .ac-active s-shield!

                          COMPUTER VOICE
           Voice not recognized. Security
           Breach. Autoguns targeting.
          panics. Scrambles for the door.

                          MILLER

          NO!
          BOOM' BOOM! BOOM! He's cut down ten feet from the door.

          6:; OUTSIDE THE DOOR - THE TWO GUARDS

                          68
           Jack shells into their riot gins.Charge inside -

          69 BACK IN THE CELL

                         69
          The guards only see Miller's body. Then Rico swings down from
          his hiding place - the turret of an autogun! He KICKS out with
          both feet - drives both Guards nto'the Energy Curtain. ZAP!
          They're instantly FRIED.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         24

                         0 WIDER 7C
          Rico dismounts like an acrobat, holds his badge up towards the
          autoQun scanner. BEEP. The autoguns pivots away. The DOOR
          OPENS. Rico snatches up a weapon - steps.outside -

                         CUT TO:

          71 INT. ACADEMY -• INDOOR TRAINING RANGE - TIGHT ON DREDD 71


                         DREDD
          Kevlar nine helmet and body armor.
          WIDEN. Dredd is LECTURING to a group of CADETS who hang on his
          every word. We're in a TRAINING AREA like the one "Q" ran in
          the Bond movies.
          Dredd turns. A TECH nods: Target ready. Dredd FIRES a barrage
          of bullets at a mannequin in Judge's gear. The bullets ricochet
          off. The class OOOHS and AHHS.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          Yours, when you graduate.

                         (PAUSE)
          If you graduate.

                         2 NEW ANGLE 72
          D edd moves to another training station. Another tech nods:
          Ready.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          (holding it up)
          Lawgiver Two. Twenty five round
          sidearm with mission-variable voice
          programmed ammunition.

                         (INTO GUN)
          Signal Flare. (X)
          He turns, FIRES. The FLARE explodes on the wall. Again -000HS (X)
          and AHHS.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          Yours, when you graduate.

          73 HERSHEY - AT SUPPLY ROOM - SAME TIME 73
          She is exchanging her battered helmet. Now, she notices Dredd,
          lingers to watch, impressed witn his style.

          74 RESUME DREDD'S CLASS 74
          Now he moves to several Techs who are hurriedly tweaking the
          most awesome LAWMASTER CYCLE we've seen.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         25 -

                         CONTINUED:

                         7

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          Mark IV Lawmaster, improved model.
          With on-board cannon, vertical take
          off and landing,. flight capacity
          and 500 kilometer range.
          The head Tech gives thumbs up while the other techs step back.
          The class waits, expectant. The lead tech throws a REMOTE.
          SPARKS fly. The motor COUGHS, dies. The class GROANS. Dredd
          glares at the embarrassed technicians.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          Yours... if they ever get it to
          work.
          LAUGHTER. Dredd moves to a lectern. Faces the class.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          All of these things are nothing (X)
          but toys. Bottom line, final word, (X)
          end of the day, when you're alone
          in the dark... all that counts...
          is this.
          takes something from the lectern shelf, throws it down. It's
          all-but holy book: THE LAW.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          And you will be alone. Because when
           you swear to uphold these ideals, (X)
           you are sacrificing whatever chance (X)
           you have for a Life. (X)
          h T e': Frown;
          this is not what they expected to hear from a
          legend. They become increasingly unnerved.

          ::ERS:-.EV

                         76
          The talk upsets her, too, perhaps more than the others.
          DREDD'S VOICE(cont'd)
          For most of us t'here is only lonely
          death on the streets... or, for
          those few of us who survive to old (X)
          age... the prouder loneliness of
          the Long Walk.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         26

          ,... 7 7 RESUME DREDD 77

                          DREDD
           (holding up the book)
           Life, Liberty, and the Pursuitof
           Happiness. Old and noble ideas. (X)
           But they are what we give to (Xi
           others... not what we will ever
           receive for ourselves. Class
           dismissed.
           The class breaks up on a definite low note.

                          CUT TO:

           78 INT. ACADEMY LOCKER ROOM - DAY 78

           Hershey is drying her hair with a towel. OLMEYER, a short, (X)
           earnest underclassman, approaches her. He's carrying a large (X)

           BOOK. (X)

                          OLMEYER (X)
           Judge Hershey, the yearbook deadline (X)
           is only a week away. Have you (X)
           changed your mind? (X)

                          HERSHEY (X)
           Forget it, Olmeyer. I'm not gonna (X)
           be the yearbook Centerfold! (X)

                          OLMEYER (X)
           It's not a centerfold, it's a (X)
           calendar! And it won't be a tacky (X)
           3-D hologram. The yearbook is all (X)
           classic print and 2-D. Here, let (X)
           me show you a dummy - (X)
           He s:ar::s to open the book. She slams it closed on his fingers. (X)

                          HERSHEY (X)
           No, let me show yoou a dummy. (X)
           She turns his head so he can SEE his reflection. When he turns (X)
           back - she's gone. (X)

          78A WITH HERSHEY 78A
           She sees Dredd at an end locker. Decides. Approaches him. (X)

                          HERSHEY (X)
           Judge Dredd? (X)
           He looks at her, waiting. (X)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         27 -

                         ZA CONTINUED:

                          7R

                          HERSHEY(CONT'D)

                          (X;
           I caught your lecture today. Do... (X)
           do you really think that's what the (X)
           cadets need to hear?

                          (X)

                          DREDD

                          (X)
           Yes. The least I can do is tell (X)
          them the truth.

                         (X)

                         HERSHEY
          Well, I think your truth is
          relative. I have a personal life.
          I have lots-of friends.

                         DREDD
          Really. How long since you saw any
          of them?

                         HERSHEY

                         (DEFENSIVE)
          Well, my shifts have been changed
          a lot lately. Two, three months, (X)
          tops.

                         DREDD
          You've only been on the street a
          year. You're still in denial.

                         HERSHEY
          It's not that bad.

                         DREDD
          How many married Judges do you know?

                         HERSHEY
          Uh, well, my class is young. None
          of them have found the right...
          person.
          e lust looks at her.

                         HERSHEY(CONT'D)
          Has it really been like that for (X)
          you? Haven't you ever been in -

                         (CHECKING HERSELF)
          Haven't you ever had a... friend?

                         DREDD
          Yes. Once.

                         HERSHEY
          What happened?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          28 -

          'A CONTINUED: ( 2) 78A
          Dredd takes off his helmet. It's the first time we've seen his
          face, and it's filled with barely controlled emotion.

                         DREDD

                         (X)
           I judged him.

                          CUT TO:

          79 EXT. MEGA-CITY LOCK - NIGHT 79

           Another Aspen Shuttle is docked here, steam curling up from the (X)
           motors. (X)

          8C EXT. DOCKED SHUTTLE - CLOSER - NIGHT 80

           A GROUND CREW member couples fat conduits to the underbelly of (X)
           the docked aircraft. Suddenly an ARM wraps around his throat. (X)
           He struggles and we see his captor, hanging upside down in the (X)
           iand,ng gear: Rico. He drops to the ground like an acrobat, (X)
           '-,C-ding his victim all the way down. The man's neck SNAPS on (X)
           impact. Rico drags the body into the shadows. (X)

           EX"'. MEGA CITY - NIGHT 81
           Nc: a nice part of town. The FACES we SEE and the SOUNDS we (X)
           -:AR are unnerving. This is not the shiny part of the future. (X)
           W e HOLD on the scene, finally WIDEN to find Rico. Wearing the (X)
           :::nes of the ground crewman he killed, he walks past rows of (X)
           '•'.=:: enraptured in violent/erotic VIDEO GAMES. He's searching (X)
           something; And then he sees it: (X)

                          82
           -•- w.�` a busy ever-changing SIGN: GEIGER'S BAZAAR.
           - PAWN - FAX BOXES - VOUCHERS CASHED. He heads inside.
           -r..-. JE: ER' S NIGHT 83
          isre squalid pawnshop. Surplus and funk hangs from the
          -=::_:ered walls. The rear is divided by- a ceiling-high locked
          -en:e that secures the better grade merchandise. GEIGER, 50's,
          sccw.s as Rico enters. Puffs on a cigar.

          ,GEIGER
          We've closed for the night.

                         RICO
          You're holding a package for me.
          I'm. Rick.

                         GEIGER
          Oh, yeah... Gimme a second.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         29

                         3 CONTINUED: F
          While Geiger gets it, Rico quickly scans the store. A simple
          security camera in the corner. A jumble of crates and large
          antique weapons... including a few things.that look like rusting
          metal warriors. Rico points to these.

                         RICO
          I thought they destroyed all the
          ABC Warbots?

                         GEIGER

                         (COMING BACK)
          You can collect 'em if you make 'em
          non-functional. Like my wife.
          (hands him box)
          Here you go.
          Geiger pretends not to watch as Rico unlocks the box. Geiger (X)
          sneaks a look... sees a uniform... and a Judge's Lawgiver. Rico
          starts to reach inside. Geiger stops him.

                         GEIGER
          Whoa, friend, whoever sent you this
          is no friend at all.

                         RI CO
          Oh? And why's that?

                         GEIGER
          That's a Lawgiver. It's programmed
          to only recognize a Judge's hand.
          You want a weapon, I can get you
          something nice. But if you touch
          that it'll take your arm off.

                         RICO
          Really?
          grabs it! Geiger flinches - then looks puzzled.

                         RICO (CONT'D)
          How do you like that?
          He SHOOTS Geiger at point-blank range. Geiger hits the floor.

                         RICO(CONT'D)
          I must be a Judge.
          Rico bends, takes Geiger's keys and his cigars... then goes to
          the big cage.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          30 -

          ON THE ABC ROBOT 84
          A huge, armored combat veteran. We HEAR the metal cage rattle
          open. Rico approaches, crouches down and pulls a panel off the
          robot's body.
          Inside, the circuit cards have all been pulled from their
          sockets.
          Rico begins whistling... reveille. He pushes the boards back
          in, hits the RESET button.

                         8E WIDER 85
          The ROBOT starts to WHIR. A GUSH of steam rises from its
          powerful torso. The eyes glow RED. It stands to its eight foot
          height, slowly turning like an arthritic old man.

                         ROBOT
          Status. Commander. Mission.
          Rico strikes a match on the robot, lights a cigar.

                         RICO
           Status: Personal bodyguard.
           Commander: Rico.
           Mission: We're going to war.

                          (SMILES)
           Geronimo.

                          86
          t.^.r;: 3I TTED thru

                         88 88

          89 :NT. HAMMOND'S APT. - NIGHT 89
          ::almond and his wife LILY are in their modest apartment. The
          ant=cues and decorations hint at a warmer era - our own. Both
          wear nightclothes. Hammond paces, edgy with dec ision. Lily
          weaves on a COMPUTERIZED LOOM.

                         LILY
          Vardis, if you're right, then this
          Judge Dredd isn't really part of
          the conspiracy.

                         HAMMOND
          No, of course n9t. It began before
          he was born. It had to have.

                         LILY
          Then your report tomorrow _will
          destroy an innocent man. Doesn't
          Dredd's future bother you?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          31 -

                         9 CONTINUED: E

                         HAMMOND
          Yes. But I'm more worried about
          all of our futures then about
          Judge...
           The door THUDS open. Startled, they turn -

                         90 REVERSE ANGLE 90
          Standing in the doorway is a JUDGE.

                         HAMMOND(CONT'D)
          (finishing the thought)
          .Dredd...
           ELAM BLAM BLAM! The Judge's gun FIRES and we

                          CUT TO:

          EXT. MEGA-CITY STREET - DAY 91

          Citizens and merchants go about their business. CAMERA CRANES
          down, finds Dredd on patrol. Something catches his eye. He
          stops his Lawmaster, gets off. We FOLLOW him towards a slick
          we: dream of a FUTURE GULL-WINGED CAR... parked in a

          :ANEICAPPED ZONE.
          2 edd takes out a BAR CODE READER, scans the license plate. As
          -.e gizmo searches its data base, the FUPPIE (Future Yuppie) CAR
          :v.:; runs into view with a Cappuccino in a st yrofoam cup. He
           "oeeos" the lock, but Dredd blocks his way to the car door.

                         DREDD
          Is this your car?

                         CAR OWNER
          Hey, come on... what are you gonna
          do, tow me?

                         DREDD
          Of course not. Towing is the
          penalty for the first offense. This
          is your second violation.
          (into Lawg;ever )
          Grenade.

                         CAR OWNER

          HEY!

                         92

                         92 WIDER
          Dredd aims, FIRES. The caz. EXPLODES! Dredd walks casually away
          while the car's owner stands slack-jawed with debris tinkling
          around him.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         32

                         DREDD

                         93
          The wreck burning behind him, Dredd head back towards his
          bike... suddenly STOPS. He sees TWO FIGURES in front of him.
          And, the moment he does, he knows without. looking that there are
          two identical ones behind him.
          They're garbed for combat, yet without even the trace of
          humanity that seeps through a Street Judge's armor. These are
          the feared JUDGE HUNTERS. All have drawn weapons. The LEADER
          holds up a HOLO WARRANT with Dredd's PICTURE.

          JUDGE HUNTER LEADER
          Judge Joseph Dredd. You are under
          arrest.

                         CUT TO:

          94 INS. COUNCIL CHAMBER - NIGHT

                         94
          CAMERA finds a broken figure here: Fargo. Ashen, he sits in
          the Chief Justice's seat, face in his hands.

                         FARGO
          Dredd. I... I can't believe it...

                         (LOOKING UP)
          Are you sure?

                         (X)

          : : A " : _ - -
          RA ADJUSTS. We SEE Griffin is standing below him.

                         GRIFFIN
          I'm afraid the evidence is
          conclusive. The trial will be just
          a formality.
          Fa:=c descends shakily from his seat. Moves to the window. :e
          =axes a pill from his pocket, tries to swallow it without
          �;_ _ f _ _r. seeing

                         FARGO
          Is it possible? Dredd, homicidal
          too? We went through.this nine
          years ago...

                         GRIFFIN
          We were able to•hide the facts then.
          This time, we may not be so lucky.

                         FARGO

                         (TURNING)
          What do you mean?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         33 -

                         CONTINUED:

                         9

                         GRIFFIN
          The victim was a reporter. The
          media is already sniffing around.
          Eventually... they'll get to the
          truth.

                         FARGO

                         (STRICKEN)
          About ... Janus?

                         (X)

                         GRIFFIN
          About Janus... and your part in it.

                         FARGO
          How... how long have you known?

                         GRIFFIN
          Does it matter?

                         (SOFTLY)
          Nine years ago, when we buried the
          truth along with the victims, the
          council ordered the termination of
          Janus... the complete termination.
          You obviously a ie that order...
          otherwise this new disaster could
          never have happened.

                         FARGO

                         (A WHISPER)
          If the truth comes out, it could
          destroy everything we've built...
          we could go back to the Years of
          Chaos!
          :r;cKen, he glances over at the great map ... remembering.

                         GRIFFIN
          There's a way out, Chief Justice.

                         (PAUSE)
          The Long Walk.

                         FARGO
          Into oblivion? You're suggesting
          I take it? You-fiust really want
          to destroy me -

                         GRIFFIN
          No. I want to save the Judge
          system. The media won't stop
          digging into Dredd's case. When
          they get to the bottom... they'll
          find you.

                         (MORE)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          34 -

                         4 CONTINUED: (2) 94

                          GRIFFIN (CONT'D)
          But if you take the Long Walk...
          they'll find nothing but your
          honored memory.

                         FARGO
          My Walk will give you the Chief
          Judgeship!

                         GRIFFIN
          It could also save Dredd's life.

                          CUT TO:

          9 II�'T. JUDGE'S' COMPLEX - CORRIDOR - NIGHT 95
          Hershey is being quickly escorted along a corridor by the four
          Judge Hunters. The place is dark and empty.

                         JUDGE HUNTER
          In here.
           The Judge Hunters open a HOLDING CELL. Hershey steps inside.

          96 1N7. HOLDING CELL - NIGHT 96
           ::ershey is surprised to see the inhabitant:

                          HERSHEY ( X )
           Dredd? What's going on? And who (X)
           are those feebs? I've never seen (X)

                          (X)
           those uniforms before -

                          DREDD (X)
           They're Judge Hunters, Hershey. (X)
           They're the ones who come out when (X)
           a Judge has broken the Law. (X)
           Hershey reacts; she's heard of them. (X)

                          HERSHEY (X)
           Judge Hunters? Then it's a full (X)
           trial before the Council... that (X)
           only happens one in a generation... (X)

                          DREDD (X)
           Judge Hershey. I don't have anyone (X)
           else to ask... Will... will you (X)
           be my defense attorney? (X)

                          HERSHEY
           You're under.indictment? For what?

                          (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          35 -

                         5 CONTINUED:

                         C

                         DREDD
          Murder. (X

                         (X

                         CUT TO:

          97 INT. COUNCIL CHAMBER - DAY


                         97
          EXPLOSION of GUNFIRE on the MAIN SCREEN. We WIDEN. We're
          seeing the tail end of a SURVEILLANCE VIDEO of the murders of (X)
          Vardis and Lily Hammond, taken by a camera outside their
          apartment.

                         (X)

          JUDGE MCGRUDER'S VOICE
          Stop Video.

          98 INT. COUNCIL CHAMBER - WIDER - DAY


                         98
          The place is absolutely packed. Every off-duty Judge in
          Mega-City is here. So is every Cadet from the Academy, plus the
          entire media brigade. We note that two oddly reassuring
          dements from our era are still here: A COURTROOM ARTIST (with
          a computer sketchpad and lightpen), and a COURTROOM STENOGR APHER
          with his hands stuffed into a FIST STENO KEYBOARD.) Make no
          mistake about it: this is a real, fair trial. And we're g oing`
          :., see It.

                         MCGRUDER(CONT'D)
          Before we go on, I wish to make a
          personal comment.

                         (TURNING)
          Judge Dredd. I have observed your
          career from its outset and I have
          the highest regard for you.
          Nevertheless, I must prosecute you
          to the best of my ability.

          99 DR=D-- - AT THE DEFENDANT'S STATION

                         99

                         DREDD
          That is the Law, Judge McGruder.
          I would expect no less.

                         100 NEW ANGLE

           - REVEALING THE HIGHEST SEAT 100
          In Judge Fargo's place sits Judge Griffin. He is wearing the
          uniform of the Chief Justice.

                         GRIFFIN
          The Court shares in Judge McGruder's
          sentiments. In a way I am glad that
          Judge Fargo is about to begin his
          Long Walk.

                         (MORE)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          36 _

          •�"` 0 0 CONTINUED : 10C

                          GRIFFIN (CONT'D)
          He will be spared the pain of this
          trial. Proceed, Judge McGruder.

                         MCGRUDER
          The video you have just seen is
          prima fascia evidence that the
          defendant is guilty as charged.
          Mark this video People's Exhibit

          "A".

                         CLERK
          So marked.
          At the defendant's station, Hershey stands.

                         HERSHEY
          Objection, Your Honor. This video
          is inadmissible as evidence.

                         MCGRUDER
          Judge Hershey, are you serious?
          Both of them recognized Judge Dredd!

                         HERSHEY
          That is the State's interpretation.
          Replay dialogue.
          _�EC rewinds. Then:

           LILY'S VOICE (X)
          .Doesn't Dredd's future-bother (X)
          you? (X)

           HAMMOND'S VOICE (X)
          Yes. But I'm more worried about (X)
          all of our futures then about (X)
          Judge ...Dredd...? (X)

                         HERSHEY
          Stop video. Do you hear it? When
          Lily Hammond says "Dredd", it's (X)
          part of the conversation. And when
          Vardis Hammond,,sa s 'Dredd' it (X)
          could just as easily be the same.
          The suggestion that either has
          recognized their murderer is sheer
          supposition... or, in the case of
          the prosecution, wishful-thinking!
          BIG REACTION from the packed room. Griffin bangs the gavel for
          silence.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          37 -
          THE DEFENSE TABLE 1r
          Hershey returns here to get another document. Dredd WHISPERS.

                         DREDD
          Judge Hershey. I'm really glad I
          picked you to defend me.

                         HERSHEY
          You only picked me because you
          didn't have anyone else.

                         DREDD
          I'm still glad. (X)
          CAMERA FOLLOWS Hershey forward.

                         MCGRUDER

                         (TO HERSHEY)
          All right, counselor. Forget the
           the audio. What about the video? (X)
          It clearly shows -

                         HERSHEY
          It clearly shows nothing!

                         (TURNING)
          Your Honor, I have here an affidavit
          from Cadet Olmeyer, currently a
          Junior at the Academy.
          Svc IN THE AUDIENCE 102
          heads of the other cadets around him swivel to look at him
          .:_` new regard. He does his best to look cool.

          1C- TR:AL 103

                         HERSHEY
          Cadet Olmeyer is acknowledged by (X)
          all his instructors to be an expert
          in the field of still and video
          graphics. His affidavit states that
          this surveillance video is of such
          low definition that even after all
          known enhancements are used, no
          positive identification can be made
          of the killer. Since the uniform
          of a Judge could be counterfeit,
          I repeat my objection to this video
          being entered as evidence in this
          case.
          (turning to Griffin)
          I ask for a ruling.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           JUDGE DREDD 38 Rev. #2: 17/3/94

          .03 CONTINUED: 103
          You could hear a pin drop in the vast room. Everyone watching
          is sure they know what Griffin will say. They're all wrong.

                         GRIFFIN
          Objection... sustained. The video
          is inadmissib e.

          104 ON OLMEYER - IN AUDIENCE 104

                          OLMEYER ( X )
          Yessss!
          The rest of the courtroom goes nuts. Griffin bangs for order.
          The BAILIFFS call out.

                         BAILIFFS
          Order, order!

                         105 HERSHEY 105
          returns to the defendant's table as the court quiets down.
          Olmeyer WHOOPS a second longer than everyone else. (X)
          Embarrassed, he quiets down, but not before Dredd notices him.,

                         DREDD
          That kid barely knows me and he
          wants to save my ass.

                         HERSHEY
          Trust me. It's not your ass he's
          interested in.

                         106 JUDGE MCGRUDER 106

                          MCGRUDER
           Your Honor. I am forced now to
           enter certain technical evidence
           of a critical nature regarding (X)
           the Mega-City Legal system.•I (X)
           will need the Court's permission. (X)
           I will also need permission to (X)
           access the Central Computer Bank. (X)

          107' HERSHEY AND DREDD 107
           They look at each other, as puzzled as everyone else. (X)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           JUDGE DREDD 39 Rev. #2: 17/3/94

                         J7 CONTINUED: 107
           MCGRUDER (cont'd) (X)
           I can think of no evidence or issue (X)
           more critical than the murder trial of (X)
           a Judge. You may proceed. (X)

          107A BACK TO SCENE 107A
           McGruder approaches a special CONSOLE. This is one of many in (X)
           Mega-City that permit access to "Central" - the Judge System's
          main computer. Most of the consoles look alike, but this has
          the largest screen we will see.

                         MCGRUDER
          Central. I wish to access weapons
          schematics, Judges division. Describe
          the workings of the standard Judge's
          sidearm, the Lawgiver Two, and
          especially its improvements over
          the earlier Lawgiver One.
          Central SPEAKS. Somehow its monotonous, sexless voice hints
          at an actual personality.

                         CENTRAL
          One moment.

                         '8 108
          ,_u OMITTED thru

                         109 109

                         110 NEW ANGLE 110
          COMPUTER GRAPHICS illustrating these words APPEARS on screen.

                         CENTRAL(CONT'D)
          Nine years ago, the Lawgiver Model
          Two replaced the Lawgiver Model One.
          The difference lies in two areas:
          The computer chip and the ammunition
          coding. Like the Model one, the
          computer chip recognizes the
          thumbcode of all Judges. Judges
          may use each other's firearms; but
          a suspect dare not use a Judge's
          .weapon against "a Judge.
          ANIMATION reminds us of this in non-gory fashion.

                         CENTRAL(CONT'D)
          However, the ammunition coding in
          the Model Two is not cued to the (X)
          thumbcode recognition chip.
          Instead, it is coded to the personal
          DNA of the Judge using the weapon.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          40 -

                         DREDD & HERSHEY

                          I-I
          Listening carefully, wondering where this is going.

                         CENTRALS VOICE
          This is obtained in a download from
          my medical files and upgraded
          automatically every time the weapon
          is reloaded. Each time a round is
          chambered and fired, it is tagged
          with the relevant DNA.

                         NEW ANGLE

                         112
          we slowly TIGHTEN on McGruder and her "witness".

                         MCGRUDER
          Central. Were the bullets recovered
          from the bodies of Vardis and Lily (X)
          Hammond so DNA coded?

                         CENTRAL
          Yes, Judge McGruder. It could not
          be otherwise.

                         MCGRUDER
          And what was the result of the
          computer check of the DNA coding
          on those bullets?
          :ould swear that the computer is going for drama.

                         CENTRAL
           The DNA is a perfect match for Judge
           Joseph--D-re--dd.
          _:iAMSER - WIDE SHOT

                          113
          ?a-:der o . um . Griffin bangs for order.

                          (X)

          ..EENS_ STATION

                          114

                         HERSHEY
          (in shock, to Dredd)
          DNA evidence is irrefutable!

                         DREDD
          Do your job.
          She nods, stands.

                         HERSHEY
          Your Honor... the defense rests.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          41 -

                         5 WIDER
          Griffin looks at McGruder.

                         MCGRUDER
          Your Honor, the Prosecution rests.

                         GRIFFIN
          The Jury may be sequestered.
          The Foreman, COUNCIL JUDGE ESPOSITO, stands.

                         ESPOSITO
          Your Honor, sequestering is not
          necessary. The evidence is
          irrefutable.

                         (LOOKS AROUND)
          We have reached a verdict. In the (X)
          charge of Pre-meditated Murder, we
          the Jury find Joseph Dredd GUILTY
          as charged.
          GASPS from the audience. It's the fall of a Legend.

                         ON GRIFFIN 116
          GRIFFIN (cont' d)
          The defendant will stand.
          :4e=ore Hershey can tell him to, Dredd obeys. Griffin looks him
          in the eye. Dredd looks back, unblinking.

                         GRIFFIN(CANT'D)
          Joseph Dredd, for this crime the (X)
          Law allows only one punishment:

          DEATH.
          S:OCR: rebounds from every wall. As the gasps fade away, Griffin
          taxes out a sealed document.

                         GRIFFIN(CONT'D)
          However: I have here the last order
          of Judge Fargo, written this morning
          before he prepared for the Long
          Walk.

                         (OPENING ITCH
          He orders that this Court be lenient
          with Judge Dredd, in gratitude for
          his years of service.
          (setting this down)
          It has always been our-custom to
          carry out the last order of a
          Walking Judge. We will so honor
          this one.

                         (MORE)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          42 -

                          CONTINUED:

                          LIB

                          GRIFFIN(CONT'D)

                          (NEW TONE)
           The sentence is Life Imprisonment
           - to be carried out immediately.
           As it is Written:
           Griffin picks up the book of the Law, kisses it. Opens it.
           And reads.

          ' 117 DEFENSE STATION

                         117

                         GRIFFIN'S VOICE
          "Let the Betrayer of the Law be
          taken from our Courts;"
          Already the Judge Hunters are coming for him.

                         HERSHEY
          Dredd. I... I'm sorry.

                         DREDD
          You did your best, Judge Hershey.
          He stands, takes her hand.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          Thank you.

                         GRIFFIN'S VOICE
           "Let the Freedom he stole from
           others be stolen from himself;"

                         H T
          pan. e Judge Hunters pull at him. Hershey hangs on as long as she

                          HERSHEY
           Dredd..!

          ON GRIFFIN - RAKED CAMERA

                          118

                         GRIFFIN
          "Let his armor be taken from him,
          and all his garb of Justice..."

          !IQ

           DREDD - SOMEWHERE

                          119
           wrists manacled, head down. The Judge Hunters pull off his (X)
           armor, then literally rip away his uniform. He's naked,
           helpless. Chained.

                         120 (X)

                         THRU OMITTED 120

                         THRU

                         123

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          43 -

          EXT. GATES OF MEGA CITY - SUNSET 12'

          It is the ceremony of The Long Walk. Judge Fargo stands alone,
          wearing a LONG DUSTER COAT and a wide brimmed HAT. Before him
          he holds his uniform, Lawgiver, and badge in a ceremonial
          bundle.
          A young FEMALE CADET in an sweet Contralo that contrasts with
          Griffin's bass READS from a different part of The Law:

                         FEMALE CADET

                         (READING)
          "Let his name be recorded in every
          place of Honor. Let him take the
          Law he served so well to those who
          have it not."
          The great city gate begins to OPEN. Under a fading SUNSET we
          SEE the forbidden land beyond: THE CURSED EARTH. We TIGHTEN on
          Fargo, grizzled, weary; the girl, fresh, tearful. Like so many,
          she reveres this man and what he represents.

                         FEMALE CADET
          "Let him be written in our hearts
          and our memories."
          She hands him the Book. Receives his bundle of worldly
          h=_ongings in return. A young MALE CADET steps forward, hands
          Fargo an ancient REMINGTON.

                         Ͽ2Z 125
           _= shoved into a jammed PRISON SHUTTLE. GUARDS fling.him in (X)
           s=a=. The shuttle door closes, locks.

                          GRIFFIN'S VOICE
           "Let him be stricken from our hearts
           and our memories."

                         _2= CAR'3C 126

                          FEMALE CADET
           "Forever."
           A line of CADETS raises Lawgivers overhead. They FIRE a 21 GUN
           SALUTE. Fargo walks out. TYye gate CLOSES. (X)

          :27 EXT. CITY LOCK - DUSK 127

           The prison shuttle FIRES its engines. (X)

                         GRIFFIN'S VOICE
          "Forever."

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          44 -

          28 EXT. MEGA-CITY ONE - LONG SHOT - DUSK 128

           Dredd's shuttle THUNDERS overhead. Far below in the poisoned
           sand, Fargo looks up at it.

                          CUT TO:

          129 EXT. JUDGE'S COMPLEX - NIGHT 129

           Lightning crackles around the Eagle's head. A floating TANKER
           refuels at a nearby roof top.

          130 INT. GRIFFIN'S OFFICE - NIGHT 130

           Griffin comes inside. His chair turns around. Rico is sitting (X)
          in it. Griffin looks at him in shock for a moment. (X)

                          GRIFFIN
           Are you out of your mind, coming
           here?
          Griffin angrily starts forward... stops when the ABC robot moves
          to block his path.

                         GRIFFIN(CONT'D)
          And you brought this, too?
          Griffin waves his hand over desk controls. The lights DIM.
          S:i TTERS block the windows.

                         RICO
          I like to do things my way. (X)

                         GRIFFIN
          Yes, I know. Like framing Dredd
          for Hammond's murder.

                         RICO

                         (SMILING)
          I thought that was a nice creative
          touch. Sort of two birds with one
          stone.

                         GRIFFIN
          Hammond had to be silenced when
          he found out abut Janus! But I
          could have used Dredd! He
          practically worshiped the ground
          I walked on-

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           JUDGE DREDD 45 Rev. #1: 16/4/94
          t30 CONTINUED: 130.

                         RICO
          Dredd only worships the Law. And
          he'd blow you away the minute he
          found out just how much you're
          pissing on it. Trust me: It's
          better this way. Let him see what
          it's like to freeze his ass off in
          Aspen. Let him see what it's like
          I to be me! After all...
          He moves closer to Griffin, smiles.

                         RICO(CONT'D)
          .Dredd and I have so much in
          common. Why not this?
          Griffin looks at him, decides to drop the subject.

                         GRIFFIN
          There's a lot of work to be done.

                         RICO
          Yes. The Janus lab -

                         GRIFFIN
          You'll see it soon enough. In the
          meantime... I want chaos, Rico.
          That block war was just the
          beginning. Now I want fear racing
          through every street... terror in
          every quad... panic in every block.
          Until those miserable rezzies think
          even their Judges can't save them.
          That's when the Council will turn
          to me... and to Janus.
          Rico moves towards the door. Pauses.

                         RICO
          Fear, Terror, Panic. I think I can
          handle that. After all...
          (slight.smile)
          Look how quickly I brought fear in
          here.
          His smile fades and he exits.

                         131 OMITTED 131

          132 EXT. CURSED EARTH - NIGHT 132


                         110-1
          A HOWLING WIND blows dust across the dead landscape. The ASPEN
          PRISON SHUTTLE appears over the horizon.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          46 -

          / ' 33 INT. ASPEN SHUTTLE - CONTINUOUS 133

           A wide body with the amenities of a galley. Armed JUDGES (X)
           patrol outside a long CAGE enclosing the rows of prisoners. (X)
           GUARDS inside the cage are armed with STUN CLUBS. (X)
           CAMERA roams the ranks of hardened, brutal prisoners. Gradually (X)
           we realize that something is being whispered up and down the (X)
           rows... a slow humm that rises in level buzz and then a (X)
           whisper. Gradually we discern it: "dddrd...dddrdd... Dredd." (X)
           we reach Dredd the same time the whispers reach him. Manacled (X)
           I like the others, he shows no reaction to the hateful. glances (X)
           aimed in his direction. (X)

           PILOT'S VOICE (X)
           Attention, crew. We're changing (X)
           course to avoid some chop. ETA (X)
           Aspen Prison 11 hundred twenty two. (X)
           The craft BANKS, the prisoners chains clanking as they sway. A (X)
           mean looking PRISONER behind Dredd leans over, hisses: (X)

           PRISONER BEHIND HIM (X)
           I want a piece of you, scumbag. (X)

                          DREDD (X)
           Okay. (X)
           W::.h a SNAP and without looking, Dredd jerks his elbow (X)
           ba_xwards. The prisoner is knocked unconscious. As he sags in (X)
           .is :hains, CAMERA ADJUSTS. The prisoner on the side of Dredd (X)
           we haven't seen is Fergie. Now, he stares at Dredd. Then (X)
          pins his hands over Dredd's.face, leaving Dre 's jaw
          =x�cs and parting his fingers at Dredd's eyes, like the visor
          in she Judge's helmet. Fergie's eyes go wide.

                         FERGIE
          Dredd? What are you doing here?

                         DREDD
          I was convicted of a crime.

                         (PAUSE)
          Wrongly convicted.

                         FERGIE
          That makes two ©f us.

                         DREDD
          No. You got the sentence the Law
          required. The Proper sentence.

                         FERGIE
          Proper? Five years just for saving
          my own ass? .It was a mistake!

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          47 -

                         -1 3 CONTINUED:

                         DREDD
          The Law does not make mistakes.

                         FERGIE
          Yeah? Then how do you explain what
          happened to you?

                         DREDD

                         (PAUSE)
           I. I can't.

                          FERGIE (X)

                          (SARCASTIC) (X)
           Oh, you can't. But the "Law doesn't (X)
           make mistakes"? So what's this, (X)
           then? A bug? A glitch? Typo? (X)
           Fumble? Screw-up? Or maybe... (X)

           POETIC FUCKING JUSTICE? (X)

                          VOICE (X)
           You're wasting your breath, brother (X)
           man... (X)

          133A NEW ANGLE 133A
           The speaker is a menacing MAN of fifty or so, with gaunt hard
           muscles, the eyes of a mad prophet, and eerie religious TATTOOS. (X.
           Three YOUNGER MEN flanking him have similar decorations. This (X)
           is REVEREND ANGEL and his SONS. (X)
           REVEREND ANGEL(cont'd) (X)
           Dredd's a machine. See, any man (X)
           - even a Lawman - has a heart. But (X)
           not Dredd. He's frozen inside. (X)
           That's how he could make this man (X)
           (he indicates himself) (X)
           and these boys - watch while like (X)
           the Grim Reaper himself, he coldly (X)
           cut down the youngest fruit of our (X)
           tree. (X)

           ANGEL SONS (X)
           Amen. (X)

                          DREDD (X )
           Angel: Maybe if your youngest fruit (X)
           hadn't taken those hostages he could (X)
           be here for the family reunion. (X)
           As one, all the Angels lunge forward as much as their short (X)
           chains will allow. Fergie recoils; Dredd doesn't. But two (X)
           GUARDS turn at the commotion. (X'

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         48 -

                         CONTINUED:

          .33A

                         GUARD

                         (X`
          Problem here?

                         (X)

                         DREDD (X)
          No.

                          (X)

                         FERGIE
          Actually, (X)

                         (X)

                         (POINTING)

                         (X)
          could I sit over there--

                         (X)

                         GUARD (X)

                         (MENACING)

                          (X)

          SHUT UP !

                          (X)
          The guard moves away.
          The Angel family stares hatred in (X)
          Dredd's direction.

                         (X)

                         FERGIE (X)
          (sotto, to Dredd)

                         (X)
          You'd better not be my roommate. (X)

                         CUT TO:

          =�4 IN':. DREDD'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

                         134
          narrow window lets in the thinnest sliver of moonlight. Two
          armchairs, worn leather, from our era. A couple of exotic
          -ants, now wilted. An antique bookcase of burnished wood -a
          rare material in Mega-City.
          zcmeethinc rattles at the door. The lock GLOWS briefly...
          scmetr.inc SNAPS. The door opens.

                         COMPUTER VOICE
          Zone A open. Please reset alarm.
          Hershey steps in, putting a small tool away in a belt pouch.
          She closes the door. Takes in the monastic feel of the place.
          She moves to the bookcase: A small collection of leather-bound
          books, maybe a dozen in all. Plato, More, Jefferson, Paine.
          Hershey runs her fingers over the well-worn titles.

          =3� DREDD'S BEDROOM

                          135
           Narrow bed. A small dresser and chair... no windows.

                          COMPUTER VOICE
           If Alarm is not reset, .system will
           signal armed response in 20 seconds.
          Hershey opens a drawer. A.few clothes. She slips her hands
          underneath, feels around, finds nothing. Opens the next drawer.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          49 -

                         -^ 35 CONTINUED:
          Searches. Finds a framed "viewie" on the nightstand. It shows
          a COUPLE in their 30's with a BABY.

                         HERSHEY
          (off viewie, amused)
          Well. Baby Dredd.

                         136 CLOSER 136
           At her touch, the viewie becomes briefly ANIMATED.

          137 BACK TO SCENE 137
           She's about to put it down - when something about its weight
           makes her suspicious. She turns it over, examines it - finds a
           HIDDEN SEAL. The frame OPENS. Inside is a second viewie. It
           shows Dredd, mid-twenties - and Rico, the same age. Bot are
           grinning: Graduation dav at the Academy.

          138 CLOSE ON HERSHEY 138
           She's puzzled - quite clearly, she has no idea who Rico is.

                         COMPUTER VOICE
          Ten. Nine. Eight...
          Hershey folds the frame back up.. .slips out the door with it.

                         COMPUTER VOICE
          Cancel. Thank you for your
           cooperation. (X)

                          CUT TO:

          139 0!.IT_._.. 139

          139A EX". ASPEN SHUTTLE - IN FLIGHT - NIGHT 139A

          1398 INT. ASPEN SHUTTLE - COCKPIT - NIGHT 139B

           The PILOT speaks into his throat mike. (X)

                          PILOT (X)
           Aspen Prison, phis is Prisoner (X)
           Shuttle 5A. Request landing Vector. (X)
           The VIDSCREEN on the console flutters into life. A harried (X)
           ASPEN GUARD appears there. There's NOISE AND CONFUSION in the (X)
           b.g. behind him. (X)

           ASPEN GUARD(ON SCREEN) (X)
           Negative, Shuttle. We have a riot (XI
           in progress. 'Request denied. (-

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          50 -

          ,-- 9B CONTINUED: 139E

                          PILOT (X
           Say again, Aspen? ( X;

           ASPEN GUARD (X,
           Repeat, riot in the Maximum Security (X;
           cellblock. Do not land. (XJ

           140 INT. SHUTTLE - THE CAGE 140

           Fergie is still tormenting Dredd, enjoying his fallen status. (X)
           He waits until a guard passes, then hisses: (X)

                          FERGIE (X)
           Let's try it again, Dredd. You're (X)
           in chains. You're going to prison. (X)
           But you're innocent, and I'm guilty. (X)
           But it's still not a mistake? (X)

           PILOT ON P.A. (X)

           ATTENTION, GUARDS. LANDING HAS BEEN (X)

           CANCELED. REPEAT, LANDING HAS BEEN (X)

           CANCELED. SECURE PRISONERS FOR NEW (X)

                          (X)

           FLIGHT PLAN.
           And that's when it happens. In that split-second of distraction (X)
           when the guards look up to listen, Pa Angel begins to reach for (X)

                          (X)
           a guard's Stun Club!

          �4_ FAVORING DREDD 141
           invciuntarily, he lunges forward - (X)

                          DREDD (X)
           Look out - (X)
           Misunderstanding his intentions, the nearest guardZAPS him with (X)
           his Stun Club! At the same moment, Pa Angel getsthe other (X)
           guard's weapon, turns it on him! The guard DROPS.One of the (X)

                          (X)
           Angel boys grabs the key card!

          42 GUARD WITH DREDD 142
           turns, charges forward - but two Angels have already whisked the (X)
           key card over their cuff's ,canners! They tackle the guard! (X)

          143 SHUTTLE JUDGES - AT CAGE ENDS 143
           they rush to open the cage and run inside! (X)

          144 IN THE CAGE 144
           A PRISONER TRIPS a Judge!..,The Judge's gun MISFIRES! (X)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           JUDGE DREDD 51 Rev. #1: 16/4/94

          .45 THE SHUTTLE PILOT - FORWARD 145
           the bullet goes through his seat! He slumps! (X)

                         146 RESUME CAGE 146
           The entire aircraft TILTS. The Judges are swarmed by the (X)
           prisoners! The card keys are passed around and the overhead (X)
           chain RATTLES as it is pulled hand over hand, freeing the (X)
           manacled prisoners one by one! And all the while a BUZZ like (X)
           the one we heard before grows and grows: (X)

                          CONVICTS (X)
           .llldrrrd...LLLDRDDD... KILL (X)

           DREDD! KILL DREDD! (X)

          146A DREDD - ON THE FLOOR 146A
           punching, twisting, fighting the hands reaching for his throat. (X)
           As the aircraft banks steeply, he slides alon the floor with (X)
           his enemies. SEES a Judge's LAWGI trampled under the (X)
           scrambling feet. Reaches for it - reaches - reaches - (X)

          146B WIDER 146B
           Dredd stands, FIRES! Everyone ducks! Dredd grabs Fergie from (X)
           the floor, hauls him forward! Dredd smashes his way to the (X)
           forward cage door, throws Fergie through it! Pa Angel grabs (X)
           Dredd by the throat and wrist - the gun falls outside the cage (X)
           -Dredd SMASHES the door on Pa Angel's head, locks it! (X)

                          DREDD (X)
           (to Fergie) (X)
           Hack the Shuttle! (X)

                          FERGIE (X)
           W-wha - (X)

                          DREDD (X)
           Hack the shuttle, now! (X)
           Fergie pushes the pilot's body aside, hits controls. Meanwhile (X)
           the convicts are swarming against the cage door. (X)

          147 THE SHUTTLE - LONG SHOT --RIGHT 147
           It spirals through the air, out of control.

          148 INT. SHUTTLE - NIGHT 148

           Dredd jams the cage door shut, struggles forward. (X)

                         DREDD
          What the hell's wrong? (X)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
          JUDGE DREDD 52 Rev. #1: 16/4/94

                         R^

                         148 CONTINUED: 148

                         FERGIE
          The stabilizers controls! They got
          hit, toot (X)
          CAMERA RAKES to the control panel... and a SMOKING, SIZZLING
          section. The craft tilts alarmingly. Dredd grabs the stick,
          helps Fergie try and pull up. It's useless.

          149 EXT. CURSED EARTH - NIGHT 149

          The shuttle spirals towards the earth.

          150 INT. SHUTTLE 150

          The ground rushes up - fills the main viewport -

          151 EXT. CURSED EARTH - NIGHT 151

          The shuttle CRASHES, skids across the ground, smashing through
          rocks and cacti. Stabilizer fins SNAP off. WINDOWS shatter.
          The fuselage breaks in two. The rear half with the engines
          EXPLODES while the forward cabin keeps rolling.

          152 NEW ANGLE - NIGHT 152
          The forward half of the shuttle comes to rest. There's one last
          groan of metal from the cabin, and then... silence.

                         CUT TO:

          153 EXT. MEGA-CITY RED LIGHT DISTRICT - FOLLOWING RICO - NIGHT 153

          Crowded. Dangerous. In shadowy corners and dark alleys, bodies
          and souls are being bought and sold. Strange sounds of pain
          and pleasure assault our ears.
          Somehow even these twisted and dangerous people know not to fuck
          with Rico. They move out of his way almost instinctively.

          154 A SCUZZY BIKER TYPE 154
          suddenly flies out of a doorway, SMACKS into a pole near Rico.
          He shakes off the blow, wipes blood from his mouth... howls
          with animal fury. Charges back towards the doorway.

                         155 NEW ANGLE 155
          His adversary appears, a whirling, lean muscular figure in
          leather - a woman named ILSA. Now, with four spectacular karate
          moves, she hits him high, low, middle - and -the coup de grace -
          right in the balls!

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          53 -

          S CLOSER ON THE BIKER

                          1 =
          His eyes glaze. He drops like a stone.

                         ILSA
          Pathetic.
          She turns to leave... stops when she sees the amused eyes of
          the man watching her from four feet away: Rico.

                         RICO
          Hello, Professor.

          ' 57 CLOSE ON ILSA

                          157
           ILSA (cont ' d)

                          (DISBELIEVING)
           R.. .Rico?

                         RICO
          (off the environment)
          I see you're still researching the
          dark night of the soul.

                         ILSA
          The research ended when they
          condemned you. I live here, now.
          You showed me that facing death was
          the only way to live.
          Her eyes glisten as she moves towards Rico, touches his arm.

                         ILSA(CONT'D)
          They... they told me you were dead.
          ?_cc reaches out gently. . .wipes a tear from her cheek.

                         RICO
          Don't go woosy on me, Professor.
          We got work to do.
          He puts his arm around her. They step over her victim on their
          way out.

                         CUT TO:

          1S8 EXT. CURSED EARTH - DAWN


                         158
          MOVEMENT inside the smashed aircraft.

          158A INT. WRECKED SHUTTLE - DAY


                         158A
          Helmeted JUDGE HUNTERS move through the dim wreck, using BAR
          CODE READERS to scan the .ID tags of the dead. SCANNERS attached
          to their weapons show readings.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          54 -

                         9A CONTINUED:

                          158A
           Another Hunter steps inside through a jagged hole in the (X)
           fuselage.

                          SECOND HUNTER
           Sir.We found tracks leading away (X)
           fromthe wreck. At least half a (X)
          dozenpeople.

                         (X)
          The HUNTER SQUAD LEADER taps his helmet mike.

          HUNTER SQUAD LEADER
          This is Capture Team. No sign of
          Dredd. He appears to have survived
          the crash. Repeat, he appears to
          have survived.

                         CUT TO:

          1588 INT. GRIFFIN'S OFFICE - MEGA-CITY - INTERCUT


          - DAY 158E

                         GRIFFIN

                         (INTO INTERCOM)

                         (X)
          You are in error, Capture Team.
          Dredd did not survive the shuttle
          wreck. No one survived the shuttle
          wreck. Do I make myself clear?

          SQUAD LEADER'S VOICE (X)
          Yessir. Quite Clear.

          158 INT. WRECKED SHUTTLE - RESUME - DAY


                         158C

                         ANOTHER HUNTER
          Sir! We found someone.
          We follow them forward. Their flashlights converge on one of
          the WOUNDED GUARDS.

                         WOUNDED GUARD
          Thank God... thank -
          His eyes widen as their LASER GUNSIGHTS moves to his chest.

          1581 EXT. WRECKED SHUTTLE - DAY


                          158D
           GUNFIRE erupts within and we

                          CUT TO:

          159 INT. HERSHEY'S APARTMENT - MORNING 159

          Enough personal things to ;ell us she's both a danger-crazed
          athlete... and a romantic.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          55 -

                         ' 9 CONTINUED:
          She's still in sleepware, her uniform for today already laid
          out. She sips coffee from an Academy mug. Sits down at her
          apartment's Central Station.

                         HERSHEY
          Central, I need to access the
          graphics database.

                         CENTRAL
          That could take several days, Judge
          Hershey. The Graphic Database
          covers all known graphics, from the
          Paleoithic Era to today.
          Hershey opens the framed viewies she took from Dredd's
          apartment, slides out the one with the adult Dredd.

                          HERSHEY (X)
           This should be a little faster: (X)
           (showing it) (X)
           I want you to ID this man. (X)

                          CENTRAL (X)
           Even from here, I can see it's Judge (X)
          Dredd. (X)

                          HERSHEY

                          (EXASPERATED)
           The other man!
          S slides the viewie into the scanning aperture.

                          CENTRAL (X)
           (all business now) (X)
           Scanning for identity, unknown male,
           approximately 200 Cm. tall, weighing
          95 kilos, Skin Tone Three. Ten.
           Nine. Eight. Seven. Six -
          Suddenly the CONSOLE GOES DEAD with a BEEP.

                         HERSHEY
          Central? Central? Hello?

          A CANNED VOICE

                         (NOT CENTRAL)
          This terminal has been disconnected
          from the main system for a system
          check. You no longer .have access
          to the system. Thank you.
          The viewie pops out of the-..slot with a thunk. Hershey looks at
          the computer suspiciously.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          56 -

                         160 16C
          'ru OMITTED thru

                         63 163

          164 INT. JANUS LAB - DAY 164

           After all the talk about this place, we probably expected more
           Sure, it's bi ; but half the hi-tech gear is under dusty
           plastic, andhe rest is under repair. Rico sweats over a
          power module, straining with a wrench.

                         RICO
          Come on, you piece of junk...
          (aside to his robot)
          No offense.
          The bolt loosens. Rico can open the panel.
           RICO (cont' d)
           Let there be Light.
           He flips a switch. The OVERHEAD LIGHTS come on. (Perhaps we
           notice that the Lab seems to be retro-fitted into a n older,
           metal structure with oddly irregular walls; perhap s not.)

          165 LAB - NEW ANGLE 165
          A PNEUMATIC DOOR OPENS. Griffin enters. He looks around,
          �ieased.

                         GRIFFIN
          You've made a lot of progress.
          Good.

                         ILSA'S VOICE
          Lights! About time -
          eyes narrow as Ilsa comes in from another area with a
          �oboard.

                         RICO

                         (TO GRIFFIN)
          Griffin, I think you know Professor
          Haydyn?

                         GRIFFIN

                         (CAREFULLY)
          Yes. I haven't,-seen her since your
          trail. When she testified that you
          were insane... and therefore...
          innocent.
          She looks at Rico with an expression worthy of a Manson
          follower.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           JUDGE DREDD 57 Rev. #1: 16/4/94

                         165 CONTINUED: 165

                         ILSA
          Since then I've learned innocence
          is just another lie. And that the
          best truths come only with pain.
          (back to reality)
          And... speaking of painful truths...
          Here's our shopping list.
          She hands Griffin the digital notepad.

                         GRIFFIN

                         (READING)
          Inducers, nitrogen coils, nano-
          pumps... I can pull all this from
          Mega-City hospital. They won't even
          know it's gone. When can you be
          on-line?

                         RICO
          Tomorrow. But it won't mean a thing
          if you can't get into Central's
          Janus files. They're still security
          locked.

                         GRIFFIN
          Leave that to me. Meanwhile you
          have work to do... on the streets.

                         RICO
          "Fear, Terror, Panic." Yes. My
          favorite emotions.

                         ILSA
          Mine too.
          Rico turns, whistles at the robot like it's a dog.

                         RICO
          C'mon, Fido. Walkies.
          The robot follows Rico and Ilsa out the door. Griffin watches

                         (X)
          them go, slightly unnerved.

                         11

                         CUT TO:

                         165A

          165A EXT. CURSED EARTH - DAY


                         (X)
          The SUN sizzles into the LENS -

                         

                         

                         

                         
           JUDGE DREDD 58 Rev. #1: 16/4/94

          55B EXT. RUINED COURTHOUSE - DAY 165B

           Fergie and Dredd are hanging by their handcuffs from a pole (X)
           which in turn has been set on the crossbeams of this ruined (X)
           building. Fergie is unconscious. Dredd, awakened by the crawl (X)
           of a SUNBEAM over his face, stirs, looks around. (X)

          165C TWO OF THE ANGELS - NEARBY - HIS POV 165C
           They're going through gear and equipment scavenged from the (X)
           shuttle wreck. We have a sense of the other Angels just O.S., (X)
           where we HEAR VOICES and sounds of PAIN. But these.two here (X)
          attract our interest... especially now, when their fumbling with (X)
          the BLACK BOX RECORDER from the shuttle CLICKS IT ON. (X)

                         SHUTTLE RECORDING
          (full of STATIC)
          -- is Aspen Prison. Repeat do not
          land... riot in...gress... Warden
          dead... special prisoner...

          PILOT'S VOICE (X)
          Special prisoner? Say again, Aspen. (X)
          You're breaking up... (X)

                         ASPEN VOICE
          .didn't even know he was here.
          Records showed execution... Rico,
          Samuel Rico... killed Warden...
          sabotaged security system...
           STATIC and GUNSHOTS end the tape. (X)

          165D DREDD 165D
           CAMERA PUSHES IN on him. (X)

                          DREDD (X)
           (sotto, to himself)
           Rico? That's impossible... (g)
           O.S. SCREAM. Fergie wakes with a start, REACTS to the dramatic (X)
           shafts of sunlight raking the cathedral ceiling. (X)

                          FERGIE (X)
           Ohmigod, I'm dead. I'm dead! (X)

                          (SEEING DREDD)
           And in hell. (g)

          165E NEW ANGLE 165E
          Reverend Angel and his sons come forward, throw down the BODY of
          the Shuttle Guard they have just killed. (X)

                         (CONTINUED)'

                         

                         

                         

                         
           JUDGE DREDD 59 Rev. #1: 16/4/94

          55E CONTINUED: 165E

           REVEREND ANGEL (X)
           Awake. Good. (X)
           (off the body) (X)
           We're running out of sinners. (X)

                          DREDD (X)
           You have just committed murder. (X)
           The penalty isdeath. (X)
           Reverend Angel HITS Dredd. (X)

           REVEREND ANGEL (X)
           Silence, blasphemer! You still put
           your faith in a false Law, instead (X)
           of the one True Law! (X)

                          FERGIE (X)

                          (HOPEFUL) (X)
           Hallejuah, brother! (X)
           Dredd looks at Fergie suspiciously... Pa Angel looks at him with (X)
           odd interest. (X)

           REVEREND ANGEL (X)
           Can it be? Can it be, that from (X)
           the City of the Fallen, there is (X)
           one of the Faithful? (X)

                          FERGIE (X)
           Amen, brother! Say it! (X)

                          DREDD (X)
           Ah... Fergie... (X)

           REVEREND ANGEL (X)
           Boys, I believe we have a Believer (X)
           in the gallery. Cut him down! (X)

                          FERGIE (X)
           Go tell it on the Mountain! (X)

          165F FAVORING FERGIE 165F
           He smiles as the Angels start to release him. (X)

                          FERGIE (X)
           Well, Dredd. The Law doesn't make
           mistakes, but I'm in like a disk, (X)
           and you're toast. (X)

                          DREDD (X)
           Actually, youre toast: I arrested (X)
           the Angels oar Cannibalism. (X)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           JUDGE DREDD 60 Rev. #1: 16/4/94

          55F CONTINUED: 165F
           As Fergie's expression changes, they CUT HIM DOWN. CAMERA RAKES (X)
           to the Angel's campfire - and human parts roasting over it! (X)

           REVEREND ANGEL (X)
           Prepare the Supplicant for (X)
           Sacrifice! (X)

                          FERGIE (X)
           I'm not succulent! I'm not (X)
           succulent, look, I'm skin and - (X)
           CRACK! Dredd has swung his legs up, wrapped them around the (X)
           pole, and SNAPPED it! He and the pole fall on top of Fergie (X)
           and the leadmost Angels! (X)

          165G FERGIE 165G
           Falls, dodging feet - (X)

          165H WIDER 165H
           the Angels still standing ignore Fergie, rush Dredd! Dredd (X)
           doesn't wait for them to reach him - he charges! He feints to (X)
           Pa Angel, takes out one of the boys! Two other Angels get in (X)
           blows - but then Dredd snatches up Fergie's half of the pole, (X)
           uses it like a Kendo Master! He knocks two Angels unconscious, (X)
           then a third - then - WHAM! He gets knocked down himself by (X)

                         1651 REVEREND ANGEL 1651
           who raises the metal shaft he has used over his head - turns (X)
           it point downwards like a spear - and then - SLAM! He's SHOT. (X)

          165J NEW ANGLE 165J
           Fergie, beside the dazed Dredd, looks up. A JUDGE HUNTER is (X)
           a short distance away, SUNLIGHT gleaming off his badge. (X)
           Relieved, Fergie jumps to his feet. (X)

                          FERGIE (X)
           I surrender! I surrender! (X)

           THIRD JUDGE HUNTER (X)
           You can't. (X)
           He aims at Fergie! (X)

          165K DREDD - ON THE GROUND 165K
           seeing this, he jumps up. (X)

                          DREDD (X)

                          NOT (X)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          61 -

                          IK CONTINUED: 16"
           Another Hunter appears behind Dredd! Dredd whirls, grabs at the
           man's gun barrel. SLAM SLAM! The shots go SKYWARD!

           165L JUDGE HUNTER #3 - BELOW 165L
           ignoring the unarmed Fergie, he spins, FIRES -

           1E5M DREDD 165M
           pulls the guy he's struggling with in front of him! The BULLETS
           hit him! Dredd wrenches the weapon from the man's dying fingers
           - SHOOTS the Hunter beside Fergie!

           1E5N FERGIE 165N
           reacts as the Hunter falls beside him, the SCANNER landing right
           front of his face.
           Dredd grabs Fergie's elbow to pull him up - but Fergie resists -
           points to the SCANNER -

           165C SQUAD LEADER AND COMPANION - ELSEWHERE IN RUINS 1650
           Hearing the SHOTS, they race in that direction.

           - - NT. COURTHOUSE - DAY 16E
           ^e last two Judge Hunters run towards the continuing SHOTS and
           S FX of a STRUGGLE. They climb a rubble wall, aim down at the
           s:,:,^�DS - stop, confused.

           ANGLE - THEIR POV 165Q
           cf :::e.r own fallen men - and his SCANNER, its back panel
           __f and-wires hanging out. The scanner is replaying a
           video/audio LOOP of the previous struggle with Dre ! That's
           :ne "gunshots"!

          1658 BA`K TO SCENE 16SR
          Too late, they realize they've been had. Dredd swings in on
          a beam, KICKS one Hunter into a wall! We HEAR the man's neck
          crack! Dredd struggles hand-to-hand with the second one. They
          FALL to the Courtroom floor!-'
          Fergie appears with a piece of timber, tries to hit the Judge
          Hunter with it.
          The gun Dredd and the Hunter are both struggling for GOES OFF.
          The piece of WOOD EXPLODES in Fergie's hands! Dredd forces the
          gun barrel towards the Hunter - SLAM!
          He's dead. Sudden SILENCE.'

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         62 -

                         CONTINUED:

                         165R

                         FERGIE
          We did it! We got them all!
          A SHAPE lunges up, close to CAMERA. It's one of the Hunters
          Dredd took out earlier, still alive enough to aim his weapon!
          Dredd aims his stolen one
           his trigger - CLICK! Empty! The Hunter squeezes
           Hunter turns - SLAM! The Hunter himself is hit! Shocked, the
           - gets off one last SHOT -

          .165S REVERSE ANGLE

                         165S
          A FIGURE silhouetted in the Courtroom door FIRES at the same
          moment. The last Hunter falls, dead. Dredd looks at the new
          arrival... his hat... his long duster coat...

                         DREDD
          Fargo?
          BLOOD wells on Fargo's coat.
          e's been hit. As he sags, Dredd
          and Fergie rush towards him.H

                         CUT TO:

          166 INT. ACADEMY DORM - STUDENT DATA PODS - DAY


                          166
           Through the window blinds we can see the distant Hall of
           Justice. We're in the Multi-media study cubicles used b Y t h e
           undergraduates. Olme er is at a p

                          (X)
           roughs of his yearbook tacked all g over 1 thewwalls. The with
           WorKStation PURRS while Hershey glares at him.

                          HERSHEY
           The Dance? You want me to go to (X)
           the Go amn Junior Dance? (X)

                          OLMEYER (X)
          I've given up on the centerfold.
          I'll settle for a date. (X)

                         HERSHEY
          We're trying to save Judge Dredd,
          and you're using the situation to
          blackmail me. That's disgraceful!

                         OLMEYER (X)
          I know. But I'll never get another
          chance like this. (X)

                         (POINTING)
          It's almost through processing the
          viewie. Do we have a deal?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          63 -

                         S CONTINUED:

                         IF

                         HERSHEY
          (through her teeth)
          Yes!

                         OLMEYER

                         (X)
          Low cut dress?

                         HERSHEY
          Yes! Just do'it!

                         OLMEYER (X)

                         (COCKY)
          Graphics Analysis coming up... now.
          He hits a control dramatically. The screen comes up... shows
          :he PICTURE OF BABY DREDD AND PARENTS. Hershey stares at it in disbelief.

                         HERSHEY
          Olmeyer, you stupid futz! You (X)
          analyzed the wrong picture!

                         OLMEYER
          I did? (X)
          She gropes around on the desk, finds the viewie frame with the
          s:o: of Dredd and Rico.

                         HERSHEY
          You were supposed to do this one!
          You just wasted three hours!
          c-_rrputer BEEPS. MESSAGES run by the bottom of the screen.

                         OLMEYER (X)
          If this is the wrong picture, why
          is it full of anomalies?

                         HERSHEY
          What?

                         OLMEYER (X)
          Slick ones, too..-. somebody must
          have used a CGI-'terminal and a scan
          quadrupler to make this.
          He looks at the image, uses the mouse.

                         HERSHEY
          You mean... it's not real?

                         OLMEYER (X)
          Take a look. I'll drop out all the
          artificial pixels.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          64 -

                         67 NEW ANGLE 167
          Hershey's eyes widen in shock as, one by one, the PICTURE
          ELEMENTS DISAPPEAR, scan line by scan line.
          OLMEYER(cont'd) (X)
          Sky. Foreground. House.
          Parents... they're all fake.

                         (TURNING)
          The only thing that's real is the
          baby.
           She's in shock. Maybe we are, too. (X)

                         168 168
          hru OMITTED thru

                         _84 184

          :88 INT. CURSED EARTH COURTHOUSE - DUSK 185

           Fargo lies near the judge's bench. Dredd has dressed his wound (X)
          and made him as comfortable as possible. Fergie is heating
          rations from the Judge Hunter's cruiser over a fire. He brings
          soup over to Fargo. Fargo tries to swallow... can't.

                         FARGO
          Bury me there, under the blind lady.
          ^redd doesn't understand. Fargo raises his arm, points to the
          statue of Justice weighing her scales.

                         FARGO(CONT'D)
          Judge or citizen - everyone got a
          fair shake. She treated them all
          the same.

                         (WEAKLY POINTING)
          The jury sat there. Ordinary
          people. Worst thing we did was take
          justice out of their hands.

                         DREDD
          No. You and the first Judges...
          you saved Mega-City.

                         FARGO
          Yes. And almost lost our souls.
          (on Dredd's.look)
          It seemed like,,a wise idea: Create
          the perfect Judge. Breed courage
          - wisdom - integrity. The Janus
          Project. We used the old Council
          for the base material. Five DNA
          samples were taken, two were chosen.
          One was mine.

                         (PAUSE)
          You were the., result.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          65 -
          ,r-- i5 CONTINUED :
           Dredd is stunned --

                          DREDD
           But.., but the orphanage told me
           my parents were killed by
           lawbreakers -- they gave me that
           picture of them -

                         FARGO
          A fake. The psychs on the Janus
          project came up with that story.
          It was supposed to motivate you into
          law enforcement. It worked. Both
          times.

                         DREDD
          What do you mean, both times?

                         FARGO

                         (FADING )
          There were... two infants created
          in the Janus lab. They were (X)
          supposed to be perfect. One was: (X)
          You. The other... somehow, it (X)
          was... mutated. Not anything you (X)
          could see...
          (indicating his head)
          But up here... horrible. A genetic (X)
          criminal that one day just went... (X)
          haywire.

                         (X)

                         (COUGHS)
          Guess we weren't the sterling
          specimens we thought.

                         DREDD
          I have a... brother?

                         FARGO
          More than a brother.

                         (PAUSE)
          You knew him at the Academy, Dredd.
          You Judged him. The Council Tried
          him.

                         DREDD

                         (STUNNED)
          Rico?

                         FARGO
          He had to be put down . But I
          wouldn't let them do that to you.
          Griffin blackmailed me into the
          Walk, Dredd. Don't trust him.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          66 -
          ,- 15 CONTINUED: (2) leg

                         DREDD
          Like I trusted you?

                         FARGO
          I'm sorry... son.
          The breath goes out of Fargo's body. He dies. Dredd stares
          at him, his world torn apart.

                         DISSOLVE TO:

          186 EXT. CURSED EARTH - SUNSET 186

          Dredd stands in the fading light, withdrawn within himself.
          Fergie approaches, carrying the Remington.

                         FERGIE
          I buried him. Except for this.
          Dredd silently follows Fergie to the grave. Fergie shoves the
          Remington into the mound of earth as a marker.

                         FERGIE(CONT'D)
          You wanna... say something?
          He hands The Book to Dredd. After a moment, Dredd opens it.

                         DREDD

                         (READING)
          ."What is the end of a Just Man?
          The Long Walk and then nothing?
          No; for Whoever Walks with the Law
          walks forever, and whoever honors
          the Law will trod in his path..."
          Dredd looks at the fresco on the wall. Sees the faded words:

          "LET JUSTICE BE DONE THOUGH THE WORLD PERISH."

                         DREDD

                         (SUDDENLY)
          Find food and ammunit.on. Load up
          that sand cruiser.

                         FERG1 E
          Where are going?
          Dredd yanks the Remington out of Fargo's grave. We track into
          Dredd's face until it fills frame.

                         DREDD
          To find Rico.

                         CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          67 -

                         7 8'I 187

                          OMITTED THZ

                         10 95

           OA MEGA-CITY STREET - NIGHT 190A
           A squad of Judges on Lawmasters ride into SHOT.

           DISPATCHER'S VOICE (X)

                          (FUTZED) (X)
           Reported unrest code D-924 downtown (X)
           sector 12 back-up requested. (X)
           The Judges stop and dismount outside a pleasure arcade. They (X)
           enter, careful, professional. Pause. BOOM!!! The Arcade (X)
           EXPLODES, throwing glass, flame, and JUDGE'S BODIES into the (X)
           street. (X)

                         CUT TO:

          =9: A WOMAN - NIGHT 191
          runs down a Mega-City alley. She flags down two JUDGES on
          Lawmasters. Clutches at her torn clothing, pointing.

                         WOMAN
          Two of them! They tried to... it
          was horrible!
          h T e Judges dismount, head that way. GUNSHOTS. SCREAMS.
           __rible tearing SOUNDS. ( .96
          �a.:se. TheABCrobot comes around the corner, hands stained, (X)
           =..__e: dingsinits armor. The woman turns. It's Ilsa. As (X)
           s-:= reckonsthelumbering machine, we (X)

                         CUT TO:

                         192

                         THRU

                         193

          = `' 3;-, =31" ' S LOCKER ROOM - NIGHT 193A
          Frei: ed activity as several shifts double up.

                         JUDGE SERGEANT

                         (SHOUTING ASSIGNMENTS)
          Halloway, Kampal.i,! First Emergency
          Shift! Mifune,�"Lopez, Second
          Emergency Shift! All of you, stay
          alert! Whoever's been taking out
          Judges knows our standard
          procedures!
           We move slowly from the showers with a Judge who moves to her (X)
           locker. She's surprised to find it unlocked. Puzzled, she (X)
          opens it - we SEE the odd..PACKAGE too late - EXPLOSION. (X`

                         

                         

                         

                         
           JUDGE DREDD 68 Rev. #2: 17/3/94

          3C EXT. HALL OF JUSTICE - NIGHT 193C

           The EXPLOSION blossoms against the flank of thegreat metal
           eagle. As ALARMS RING we RAKE to RICO, amused. He lights a (X)
           cigar, tosses the match towards the distant flames. (X)

                         CUT TO:

          194 EXT. MEGA - CITY WALLS - BINOCULAR MATTE - NIGHT 194


                          FERGIE'S VOICE
           There's no way in, Dredd!

          195 REVERSE ANGLE - EDGE OF CURSED EARTH - NIGHT 195
          Dredd and Fergie are standing beside the Hunter's sand cruiser.
          Their faces are dry and their lips parched and they show the
          wear from this journey. Dredd has a pack of gear on his back
           -andFargo's Winchester. Ignoring Fergie, he continues to (X)
          peerat the Mega-City wall. (X)
           FERGIE(cont'd) (X)
           Hey, did you hear me? They don't (X)
           have a welcome mat! (X)

                          DREDD (X)
           (lowering binoculars) (X)
          There's a way in: Six years ago
          two Cursed Earthers figured it out.

          196 OVER THEIR SHOULDERS 196
          Dredd points: Sure enough, there's a puff of FLAME at a VENT
          low on the wall. SMOKE rises into the sky. Then it stops.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          The vent from the city incinerator.
          There's a burst twice a minute.
          That means that there's 30 seconds
          for someone to run through the tube
          before it flames again.

                         FERGIE
           And these Cursed Earthers, they made
          it through? , _

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         69

                         6 CONTINUED:

                         DREDD
          Actually, they were burned to a
          crisp. But the theory's sound.

                         (X)
          Let's go.
          FOOM. Another FIREBALL belches from the city wall. As Fergie (X)
          stares at it, Dredd starts forward. It's a few paces before (X)

                          (X)
          he notices Fergie hasn't moved.
          DREDD(cont'd) (X)
          What's wrong? (X)

                         FERGIE
          What's wrong? Are you kidding?
          Did that helmet you wore all those
          years compress your brain? You're
          gonna get me killed!

                          DREDD (X)
           Fergie. There's a maniac loose in (X)
          the city - (X)

                         FERGIE
          There's one loose out here, too!
          Big choice, I got! Dying of thirst
          or from a fireball up my ass! This
          is all your fault!

                         DREDD
          My fault?

                          FERGIE (X)
           Yes! If you hadn't arrested me, (X)
           wouldn't be here in the first (X)
           place! (X)
          =erc a sits down petulantly. (X)
           FERGIE(cont'd) (X)
           I'm through schlepping. I'm gonna (X)
           sit here until I die... or until (X)
           you apologize. (X)

           ' - DREDD (X)
           The Law doesn't apologize. (X)

                          FERGIE (X)
           You're not a Judge anymore. (X)

           DREDD ' (X)
           I was when I sentenced you. (X)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          70 -

          `6 CONTINUED: (2) .96

                          FERGIE (X;
           Don't get technical. Just say: "I'm (X)
           sorry I misjudged you. And I'll (X)
           never arrest you again." (X)
           Dredd turns around. Marches back to Fergie. Pause. Dread (X)
           whips a gun up, points it at Fergie. COCKS it. (X)

                          FERGIE (X)
           (after a moment) (X)
           Apology accepted. (X)
           Dredd turns... walks. Fergie looks at another FIREBALL emerging (X)
           from the city wall.. then at the trackless wasteland he's just (X)
           crossed. Pause. With a groan, he races to catch up with (X)
           Dredd. (X)

                         CUT TO:

          1.97 EXT. MEGA-CITY STREET - NIGHT 197

           SIRENS wail. FIRE burns around the corner. Several LAWMASTERS
           guise past. Looters run away from them. Close to CAMERA,
           Hershey throws two PERPETRATORS against a fen ce, cuffs them

                         -NPRO (X)

                          HERSHEY (X)
           (into radio) (X)
           Dispatch, I'm in Green Quad, 4-11. (X)
           Need pickup. (X)

           DISPATCH VOICE (X)
           we copy, Hershey. We'll bag 'em. (X)
           Meanwhile I have Central on line (X)
           for you. Can you take it? (X)
           S^e sakes a few steps away from her perps for privacy. (X)

                          HERSHEY (X)
           Yes, patch me in! (X)

           CENTRAL'S VOICE (X)
           Judge Hershey, you paged me. How (X)
           can I assist you?. (X)

                          HERSHEY (X)
           You can start by telling me why (X)
           Dredd's baby picture is a state (X)
           secret. (X)
           Pause. We can almost hear Central thinking. Meanwhile, behind (X)
           Hershey, a figure in a Judge's uniform approaches her Bike... (X)
          drops something into a storage compartment on it. Even from
          this distance we notice a red arming light on the object.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          71 -

                         7 CONTINUED: 1 C
           The figure moves away.
           HERSHEY (cone,'. d )
          Central. I want an answer.

                         CENTRAL
          I'm sorry, I can neither confirm
          nor deny your statement.

                         HERSHEY

                         (DISCONNECTING)
          Get a virus!
          Annoyed, she turns, heads back for her bike - and that's when it

          EXPLODES!

                         CUT TO:

          198 :NT. INCINERATOR CHUTE - NIGHT 198
          A FIREBALL ROLLS TOWARD THE CAMERA. We PAN it. As it
          disappears into the sky, Dredd and Fergie dive inside.

                         DREDD
          Run!
          C=ouched over, they race up the slight slope.

                         FERGIE
          (as he runs)
          Thirty... twenty nine... twenty
          eight... twenty seven... twenty
           six.. twenty five...
          _ 9 9 r,:ti : _I ? E... ND THEM 199
          =e:gie's already beginning to drop back. The only guide in the
          dark is the slight reflection from CONDUIT on the chute floor.

                         DREDD
          Stop counting!

                         FERGIE

                         (SOFTER)
          --nineteen... eighteen...
          seventeen... sixteen...

                         200 DREDD 200
           FAINT light starts to fall on him. 'Then he SEES it, up ahead
           -the lights of Mega-City! Dredd pushes on - reaches the
           opening! Turns to look at..,-

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          72 -

                         FERGIE 20;
          still halfway back!

                          FERGIE

                         (PANTING)
          Twelve... eleven -
          He FALLS! He tries to get up. His SHIRT is caught on the
          conduit! He struggles, in a panic, but - keeps counting!
          Ten! Oh, God, Nine! Dredd! Dredd,d)
          help me! EIGHT! FOR GOD'S SAKE-

          202 DREDD - CLOSE 202
           He looks outside - so close - looks back - so far - it's
           impossible to save Fergie!
           FERGIE (cont' d)

           FIVE! DREDDDDDD! FOUR!
           Dredd looks down - SEES

          203 E CONDUIT UNDER HIS FEET 203

                          FERGIE(CONT'D)

           THREE!
           CAMERA RAKES back. Fergie's caught on the same conduit!

                         204 SESUME DREDD 204
           'v::.- a-= :he strength in his body, he RIPS the conduit free from
           =^e floor - YANKS it forward -

                         205 205
           As he shouts "TWO" he is whipped forward like a trout on a line!

          206 C:TY MOUTH OF TUBE - NIGHT 206
           per ie flies past Dredd, howling -

                          -'FERGIE

           ONE!
          And, as a FIREBALL ROLLS RIGHT BEHIND THEM, Dredd dives out of
          the opening behind Fergie!

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          73 -

                         7 DREDD 2
          Has landed half-buried in a mound of ashes. He looks around.

                         DREDD
          Fergie?
          Dredd hears a muffled SOUND beneath him. He reaches down...
          YANKS Fergie into view. Fergie spits out a mouthful of ashes.

                         FERGIE
          I'm alive. I'm alive!
          (seeing Dredd, less

                         ENTHUSIASTIC)
          Oh. So are you.

                         CUT TO:

          INT. COUNCIL CHAMBER - NIGHT 208

          hief Justice Griffin, Council Judges McGruder, Espositio and
          Yamamoto. A MESSENGER hands a data-pad to Yamamoto, leaves.

                         ESPOSITO

                         (STRICKEN)
          Latest casualty report.

                         (PAUSE)
          Ninety-six Judges have been
          assassinated.

                         MCGRUDER
          Whoever's doing it knows all our
          procedures... our security
          measures...even our scrambled
          frequencies - !

                         ESPOSITO
          Now the street criminals are taking
          advantage of the situation. It's
          a nightmare!

                         YAMAMOTO
          Hell, it's a Goddamn revolution!

                         MCGRUDER
          We can't replaee those Judges! it
          takes years of training! We may
          never be at full strength again!

                         GRIFFIN
          There is a solution.
          (on their desperate

                         LOOKS)
          Project Janus.,

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          74 -

                         "^ 18 CONTINUED:

                          208

                          MCGRUDER

                          (FURIOUS )
          Chief Justice Griffin. Just
          mentioning that.is grounds for
          Impeachment!

                         YAMAMOTO
          We tried to play God once! It
          almost destroyed the Council -

                         GRIFFIN
          If this wholesale slaughter of
          Judges continues, there won't be
          a council! Janus could -

                         ESPOSITO
          Come on, Griffin! A new batch of
          test tube babies won't solve this
          crisis! We don't need reliable
          Judges 20 years from now when
          they're grown! We need them today!

                         GRIFFIN
          There's been over thirty years of
          genetic research since Janus failed.
          What if we could create adult
          subjects, fully grown andfu3ly
          trained at birth? We could replace
          the Judges we've lost in weeks.
          We could save our society!

                         ESPOSITO
          Who knows if that's even possible?

                         MCGRUDER
          Who knows if it's safe?

                         GRIFFIN

                         (POINTING)
          Central does. All I'm asking is
          that we unlock the Janus files and
          ask. That way, we at least have
          an option.
          (pause) .,'
          Please, let us find out. If the
          Council decides not to go forward...
          I'll accept that decision... and
          resign.
          He has their attention.

                          CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         75

           EXT/INT. HALL OF JUSTICE - NIGHT 209

           WORKERS are still cleaning up after the earlier EXPLOSION. A
           HAND reaches into SHOT, steals UNIFORMS and EQUIPMENT...

                          CUT TO:

          210 INT. HALL OF JUSTICE - CORRIDOR - NIGHT 210

          Dredd - in a stolen uniform - marches Fergie "under guard"
          through the building.

                         FERGIE

                         (WHISPERING)
          This is a mistake.

                         DREDD

                         (ALSO WHISPERING)
          Judges don't make mistakes.

                         FERGIE
          But Fargo said you couldn't trust

                         GRIFFIN -

                         DREDD
          I don't. But I trust the Council.
          When I tell them about Rico...

                         R
          they'll listen.
          they pass peers at them, but doesn't speak. They round

                         FERGIE
          Just don't get us killed, Dredd.
          : still want that apology.

                         21- 211

                          THRU

                         212 212

          21. CHAMBER - NIGHT 213
          T^e '.:nges have all gathered around Central. One by one, they
          s:ecyuz, speak, put their thumb in Central's scanner.

                         GRIFFIN
          Griffin, Douglas. .Chief Justice.
          Authorize access-to file, code name
          "Janus".

                         CENTRAL
          Acknowledged.

                         JUDGE MCGRUDER
          McGruder, Evelyne. Council Judge.
          Authorize access to file, code name
          "Janus".

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         76

                         3 CONTINUED: 2_3

                         CENTRAL
          Acknowledged.
          ON SCREEN, GRAPHICS show the SOFTWARE LOCKS being removed one
          by one from the Janus Files.

                         JUDGE ESPOSITO
          Esposito, Carlos. Council Judge.
          Authorize access to file, code name
          "Janus".

                         CENTRAL
          Acknowledged.

                         YAMAMOTO
          Yamamoto, Gerald. Council Judge.
          Authorize access to file, code name
          "Janus".

                         CENTRAL
          I have unanimous authorization for
          access to file, code name "Janus".
          Removing security blocks. .NOW.
          Awaiting Password command from
          Presiding Chief Justice.

          =-SC ON GRIFFIN 214
           :.c:-:en on him. He's been waiting for this moment.

                          GRIFFIN
           Password... Janus.
           moves in front of the mac hi ne, speaks tersely.
           GRIFFIN (cont' d)
          Central: Using current technology,
          how long would it take for Janus
          to produce a fully grown adult
          subject?

                         CENTRAL
          Given the current state of genetic
          engineering an adult subject could
          be incubated in approximately eight
          hours.
          ASTONISHMENT in the room.

                         CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         77

          INT. HALL OF JUSTICE - NIGHT 21_

          Dredd and Fergie are almost at one of the Council Chamber doors.
          PAN BACK. The Judge who stared at them earlier is following
          them!

                         CUT TO:

          216 INT. COUNCIL CHAMBER - RESUME 216


                         GRIFFIN

                         (TO CENTRAL)
          In what quantity could these
          subjects be produced?

                         CENTRAL
          Although only two subjects were
          produced in the original experiment,
          the laboratory was equipped with
          20 incubators. if fully
          operational, 420 subjects could be
          produced a week.

                         YAMAMOTO
          My God. We could replace our losses
          in a day -

                         MCGRUDER
          You aren't considering this madness?

                         YAMAMOTO
          No.. I'm just reacting to the
          possibility... a frightening
          possibility.

                         ESPOSITO
          Yes. I for one... think this is
          an idea that should be forgotten.

                         MCGRUDER
          I agree. Judge Griffin, please (X)
          restore the Security Blocks.

                         GRIFFIN
          I see, now, that none of you have
          the force of will that these
          terrible times require. You will
          never open Janus again. So...
          we'll just leave it... unlocked.
          216r EXT. COUNCIL CHAMBER - NIGHT 216A
          Dredd is about to open the door when a HAND spins him around.
          It's the Judge who followed..him!

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          78 -

          -^ -A CONTINUED :

                         216A

                         JUDGE
          Dredd! I thought it was y--
          That's all he says before Dredd K.O.'s him!

          216B INT. COUNCIL CHAMBER - RESUME - NIGHT


                         216B
          McGruder stands, furious.

                         MCGRUDER
          Griffin, this is treason! You just
          sealed your fate!

                         GRIFFIN
          No. You've just sealed yours.
          Rico!

                         217 RICO

                          217
           steps into the room.

          218 BACK TO SCENE

                          218

                          MCGRUDER

                          (IN SHOCK)
           Rico - !
           A:i the Judges go for their Lawgivers. But it's too late. Rico
          OPENS FIRE on FULL AUTOMATIC.

          219 NEW ANGLE - FAVORING GRIFFIN

                         219
          _=_ffin averts his eyes from the moment he orchestrated.
          -,a1:y the gunfire STOPS. CAMERA ADJUSTS. Rico stands,
          smoking gun in hand.

                         RICO
          Who says politics is boring?

                         DREDD'S VOICE

                         N00000000 -
          Rico whirls, looks at

          220 DREDD - HIS POV

          - AT ANOTHER DOOR 220
          He has arrived in time to see the murders! With another SCREAM
          of fury, He LEAPS over the fallen Judge who tried to stop him
          -makes a running tackle at Rico!

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         79

                         WIDER 221
           Dredd takes Rico to the floor. They both roll over and over.

                          DREDD

           MURDERING SON OF A BITCH - !

                         222 GRIFFIN 222
          tries to get a shot at Dredd, can't. Then Griffin hears ALARMS,
          SHOUTS, running footsteps. Griffin steps quickly in, KICKS
          Dredd in the head.

                         GRIFFIN

                         (TO RICO)
          Get out of here, now!
          Hearing people coming, Rico obeys.

          22- FAVORING DREDD 223
           He shakes his head, gets up - sees Rico is gone, but Griffin is
          =moose. Moves forward -

                         DREDD
          You're mine.

                         GRIFFIN
          Really?
          s moment we think he's going to shoot. Then he turns his
          points it at his own arm - fires!

                         224
          v• :nrown by the maneuver, he hesitates. Behind, him, the
          _:.:ers rush in, see the shocking scene: The dead council
          - = wo..nded Chief Justice clutching at his own bloody arm -

                         GRIFFIN
          Stop him! He just killed the entire
          council!
          Dredd realizes he's fucked. He turns, runs. The Judge Hunters
          pause near their wounded leader; who bravely waves them on.
          ^.ey tear after Dredd like woJ-ves.

          LZ_ :NT. HALL OF JUSTICE - CORRIDOR - NIGHT 225
          Dredd tears around the corner! Fergie appears from behind the
          hiding place he ducked into at the first shots! ,

                         FERGIE
          Dredd! Tell them I'm innocent!

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          80 -

                         € 5 CONTINUED: 22=
          BULLETS rip up the wall, just missing him. Dredd grabs him by
          the collar and they both CRASH through doors marked "ACADEMY

          AND CLASSROOMS".

          226 INT. ACADEMY TRAINING CENTER - NIGHT 226

          BULLETS whiz past Dredd and Fergie's heads. They turn another
          corner, surprise a NIGHT WATCHMAN engaged in the ancient night
          watchman pursuit of eating a sandwich and reading a girlie
          magazine.

                         NIGHT WATCHMAN
          Hey - !
          That's all he gets out. Dredd hi-blocks him, barrels past.

                         227 THE WATCHMAN 227
          falls, dazed. His stiff, plastic paged copy of "MEGA-SEX" lands
          on the floor, a 3-D animated holo pinup still posing above the
          open pages.

          228 W_TH DREDD AND FERGIE - INDOOR TRAINING CENTER - NIGHT 228
          They enter the training center and Dredd runs right towards the
          ,--_ Marie IV Lawmaster! Leaps into the saddle and kicks over the
          en=ine! Spins around and heads back the way he came, grabbing
          =ergie en route!

          225 T. :'RAINING CENTER - ANOTHER ANGLE 229
          .oht watchman gets up in time to almost be run over. Dredd
          __..t_nues past him just as the pursuing guards appear here.
          :reds drives rich_ at them! They scatter! He turns again
          towards a wide open corridor - but the Judge Hunters appear
          there, and they're smart enough to take cover behind the
          archway, and pour on an awesome fusillade!

                         2:3 C DREDD 230
           Turns again - he's flanked! He spins on the bike, takes the
           only direction left: Back into the training room - a dead end.
           Al; the Judges and Guards follow, BLASTING away.

          23: ON THE BIKE - WITH DREDD AND FERGIE - MOVING 231
           He races directly for the WALL! His fingers stretch out, hit
           a control marked "CANNON".

          23LA BIKE - NEW ANGLE 231A
           CANNON click into view... FIRE!

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         81

          BACK TO SCENE 231B
          A HOLE is blasted in the wall! Now we SEE Mega-City -hundreds
          of stories below us!

                         FERGIE
          Dredd..? Dredd, you're not gonna--
          Dredd hits the button marked "AERIAL MODE". There's a BEEP and
          the SOUND FX we heard earlier... when the flying prototype
          failed.

                         DREDD

                         (A PRAYER)
          Please work.
          The indifferent half hearted SOUND of the Aerial Mode lifters
          isn't encouraging. They just GROAN.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)

                         P1 EASEWORKPLEASEWORKPLEASEWORK--

                         FERGIE

                         OHGODOHGODOHGODOHGOD --
           CRASH' They go through the irregular hole!

           EXT. JUDGE'S COMPLEX - NIGHT 232

           =reds and Fergie fly out of the building on the Lawmaster Mark
           Barely hanging on, they fall silently through the air,
           _.ass spinning all around them.
           _ ke begins to turn a somersault.

                          DREDD(CONT'D)

                          PLEASSSSSSSSSSE -
           An, they. - the Aerial Mode Lifters kick in with an EERIE WHINE.
           "he fiv�nc motorcvc a comes out of its roll wit a BLAST of
           rccxets - and roars upwards!

           IN'T. ACADEMY TRAINING ROOM - NIGHT 233
           The Judge Hunters REACT as the bike disappears in an instant,
           streaking across the sky like a-'comet!

                         34 234
          ru OMITTED thru

                         35 235

          36 INT. GRIFFIN'S OFFICE - NIGHT 236

          A MEDIC leaves. Griffin, bandaged, turns as Rico comes out of
          hiding.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         82

                         36 CONTINUED: 236

                         RICO
          Why didn't you kill him when you
          had the chance?

                         GRIFFIN
          It's better with him on the loose.
          He'll keep the surviving street
          Judges preoccupied while we work
          on Janus.

                         (TURNING)
          Central. Prepare the Janus Lab for
          full operation. And... while you're
          at it... I'd like to appoint Judge
          Rico to the Council of Judges.

                         CENTRAL

                         (GUARDED)
          That may present some legal
          difficulties, since Judge Rico
          killed the entire Council of Judges.

                         (PAUSE)
          May I suggest you Pardon him, and
          then appoint him? That would meet
          the legal requirements.

                         GRIFFIN
          Excellent suggestion, Central. Do
          it.

                         CENTRAL
          It's done. Council Judge Rico, may
          be the first to offer my
          congratulations?

                         RICO
          Central... I'm touched.

                         CUT TO:

          HERSHEY'S APARTMENT BUILDING - NIGHT 237
          Mc%,inc carefully, Dredd and Fergie walk down the corridor.
          Dredd's still in the stolen uniform. They come to a nameplate
          with Hershey's name on it. ,We WIDEN. The door has been forced
          oiler..

                         238 NEW ANGLE 238
          Dredd and Fergie look at each ether. Dredd swings the Remington
          out of hiding, steps inside.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          83 -

          I INT. APARTMENT - NIGHT

          A total wreck. Electronic equipment still SIZZLES here. Dredd
          lifts a viewie of Hershey and some friends from the Academy.
          The three women LAUGH and wave as he touches it.

                         FERGIE
          I guess you're out of friends,
          Dredd.

          24C NEW ANGLE 240
          Hershey, weapon in hand, steps inside. She's battered, beat
          up, and edgy. The way the light hits the room she can only see
          one figure.

                         HERSHEY
          Up against the wall, now!
          The figure complies. It's Fergie.

                         HERSHEY

                         (RECOGNIZING HIM)
          Ferguson. You're the hacker we
          arrested. What are you doing here?

                         FERGIE
          I'm with him.
          - =141; steps into the light.

                         HERSHEY
          Dredd!
          '_- a moment she's elated. Then her face hardens. She holds
          n steady.
          HERSHEY (cont' d)
          Stay where you are.

                         DREDD
          Hershey. What is it - ?

                         HERSHEY
          They're dying out-there, Dredd.
          A hundred and eight Judges in 48
          hours. Everyone who's left is on
          triple shifts and pseudorphin. I
          thought it was organized criminals,
          revolutionaries, something... then
          I was a target.

                         DREDD
          You think I'm-part of this -

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          84 -
          r^ 40 CONTINUED: 24C

                          HERSHEY
           I don't know what to think anymore.
           Dredd moves like lightning - pins her gun hand against the wall
           - then freezes. It's a challenge, not a threat. She glares
           at him - counter moves - gets an elbow against his throat! But
           Dredd doesn't break her hold - or turn the gun on her. It's
           deliberate check-mate on both their parts.

                         DREDD

                         (QUIETLY)
          Do you really think I'd hurt you?

                         HERSHEY
          Secrets can hurt more than anything.
          She relaxes her hold on him. Throws something down.

                         24= NEW ANGLE 241
          y-'s the picture of Dredd and Rico.

                         HERSHEY(CONT'D)
          Tell me about him, Dredd. Make me
          believe in you again the way I did
          when I defended you.

                         DREDD

                         (SLOWLY)
          His name is Rico. And he killed
          like this once before, nine years
          ago.

                         HERSHEY
          And he's doing it again?

                         DREDD
          Him... and Griffin.

                         HERSHEY
          Griffin? We have to tell the
          Council - !

          , DREDD
          There is no Council, Hershey: They
          were all murdered an hour ago.

                         242 HERSHEY 242
          She's been on her feet for days and this is the last psychic
          blow. She sags. Dredd catches her.

                         CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         
           JUDGE DREDD 85 Rev. #1: 16/4/94

          243 INT. HERSHEY'S APT. BEDROOM - LATER 243

          Hershey is on what's left of the bed. She holds a cup of
          coffee, more interested in its warmth than its contents. Dredd
          is nearby. With the borrowed helmet off, we see how haggard
          he looks. In the other room, Fergie putters with the wrecked
          computer.

                         HERSHEY

                         (SOFTLY)
          Clones. Clones, from a genetic
          laboratory.
          (pause, wryly)
          I guess I wasn't so bad in court
          after all. That's why the DNA
          convicted you. You and Rico are...

                         DREDD
          The same. Inhuman. Defective. He
          just broke down, first.

                         HERSHEY
          No!

                         DREDD
          How many times have you said I had
          no feelings, no emotions? Now you
          know why. (x)

                         HERSHEY

                         ENTL
          Dredd.g Children were born in
          laboratories, even back in the
          twentieth century... test tube
          babies, in vitro fertilization.
          No one ever questioned their

                         HUMANITY -

                         DREDD
          It's not the same! They had
          parents, they embraced their
          humanity... they didn't hide it...
          fight it... question it!

                         HERSHEY
          Dredd. The Janus project didn't
          do that to you. You did that to
          yourself.
          He turns, startled. Realizes she's right.

                         DREDD
          (almost in wonder)
          Myself. Griffin. Fargo. Even
          Fergie. I've been wrong about so
          much...

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          86 -

                         33 CONTINUED: 243

                         HERSHEY
          Never the Law, Dredd. Never the
          Law.
          That means more than anything else she can say to him. He looks
          into her eyes. Fergie comes in, ends the moment.

                         FERGIE
          You can forget the terminal out
          here. We're gonna have to go
          somewhere else to get in the System.

                         DREDD
          (after a moment)
          Hershey. You just said I was never
          wrong about the Law. They took away
          my badge. I'm a convicted murderer.
          I have no authority any more - no
          legal authority.
          Pause. without the law as a safety net, Dredd is in uncharted
          emotional territory.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          Will ...wi11 you help me, Hershey?
          Not as a Judge but... but... as my
          friend?
          ::'s the most ordinary request anyone could make... anyone but
          Dredd. Hershey understands how much it means. She fights back
          :ears, puts her hand on his arm.

                         HERSHEY
          I'd be honored.
          Dredd reaches over, squeezes her hand. There's absolutely
          nc:n.nc sexual about it - and that makes it even more powerful.

                         CUT TO:

          244 INT. JANUS LAB - NIGHT 244

          Rico is at the main control console. Behind him, Ilsa is
          tinkering with a cleaning d=id.
          . Eh : RAL
          The DNA sample has been taken out
          of frozen stasis. I am ready to
          begin the cloning process.

                         RICO
          Slight change,. of plans, Central.
          I want to purge that DNA sample.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          87 -

          4 CONTINUED: 2,-
          Ilsa looks up startled as the computer WHIRRS.

                         CENTRAL
          DNA sample purged. If you wish to
          proceed with cloning, I will require
          a new sample.

                         ILSA
          What are you doing?

                         RICO
          The same thing you are:
          House-cleaning.
          Mock-annoyed, she throws a cleaning rag at him. She turns on
          he droid. It moves off, polishing the floor. Curious, she
          icins Rico.

                         RICO (CONT'D)
          Central, active the DNA sampling
          console.
          :4-nind Rico, another CONSOLE lights up. Rico crosses to it,
          passing by his pet robot.
          v:: _ .. R : CO 24

                         CENTRAL
          The sampling console is ready.
          rips his sleeve open to the elbow... sits down... puts his
          _.:rnec arm in a special steel hollow. CHUNG! CLAMPS close,
          ._s arm down.
          RICO (cont' d)
          Central. Take DNA sample.. .now.
          DRILL LIKE DEVICE descends with a frightening grind
          -anc STABS right into his arm!

                         24 _ ;_SA 246
           sumps, startled - a fleck of BLOOD splatters on her clothes-

          241, BACK TO SCENE 247
           The drill like device retreats while another automated device
           slaps a plasti-bandage on Ricc's arm. The clamps OPEN.

                          CENTRAL
           New DNA sample being analyzed.
           Scanning. Ma;rix scan complete.

                          (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         88 -

                         CONTINUED:

                         247
          Rico pulls Ilsa into his arms.
          RICO (cont' d)
          Kiss me, Professor. I'm gonna be
          a father.

                         CUT TO:

          248 ACADEMY DORM - MULTI-MEDIA PODS - NIGHT

                         248
          DARK, except for a glow in a cubicle at a bend in the=corridor.
          CAMERA creeps towards the light. Meanwhile, we HEAR the

                         FOLLOWING:

                         DREDD'S VOICE
          Central, I order you to give me the
          location of the Janus Lab,
          immediately!
          By now the CAMERA is in Olmeyer's student pod. Olmeyer, (X)
          Fergie and Hershey are in a corner, watching and whispering.
          : edd is on the other side of the cubicle, at a Central Station.
          ' r e's wearing his own helmet and badge again.

                         CENTRAL
          I am sorry, but the location of the
          Janus Lab is classified information,
          accessible only to Chief Justice
          Griffin and Council Judge Rico.

                         DREDD

                         (EXPLODING)
          Rico? He's a Council Judge now?

                         CENTRAL
          Actually, the onl Council Judge.
          Chief Justice Griffin promoted him
          so they could both use me to get
          the Janus Lab up and running.

                         DREDD
          You're helping them?

          ,-CENTRAL
          Of course. They are the highest
          ranking surviving Judges in Mega-
          City. I am programmed to obey them.

                         DREDD
          But they're breaking the law! Who
          the hell programmed you?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          89 -

                         8 CONTINUED:

                          2-

                          CENTRAL
           Lawyers.

                          (PATIENTLY)
          Chief Justice Griffin and Council
          Judge Rico are my lawful superiors
          unless and until criminal charges
          are filed against them.

                         DREDD
          Fine! I'll file charges!

                         CENTRAL

                         (CHIDING)
          Now, we've already been over that
          one: You're not a Judge anymore
          and you can't file charges.
          Flash of inspiration. Dredd excitedly signals Hershey.

                         HERSHEY
          Central. This is Judge Hershey.
          I hereby file formal charges of
          murder against Chief Justice Griffin
          and Council Judge Rico. And I order
          you to give me the location of the
          Janus Lab so that I may personally
          make the arrest!

                         CENTRAL
          Certainly, Judge Hershey. However,
          as per Mega-City Code Section 84,
          Paragraph "A", I need authorization
          from the Chief Justice to arrest
          a Council Judge. Similarly, as
          stated in Paragraph "B", same
          Section, I need authorization from
          any Council Judges to arrest a Chief
          Justice. In this case, that would
          be Chief Judge Griffin and Council
          Judge Rico.

                         DREDD

                         (THROWN)
          We need permission from them to
          arrest.. .them?

                         CENTRAL
          Basically... yes. And without their
          authorization you cannot file
          charges, and without charges I
          cannot violate Security and tell
          you the location of the Lab.

                         (MORE)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          90 -

                         9 CONTINUED: (2)

                          248

                          CENTRAL (CONT'D)

                          (PAUSE)
          I hope this is finally clear.. If
          there aren't any other requests,
          may I close this work station?
          These last few days have been a
          strain and I really need to defrag.
          The work station SHUTS DOWN. Dredd turns.

                         DREDD
          Fergie, you've got to have something
          - a password, a kluge -

                         FERGIE
          Central's a fuzzy A.I. - the best
          fuzzy A.I. ever built. If reasoning
          didn't work...
          (pause, helpless)
          .nothing will.

                         DREDD
          Come on, you cracked the food
          robot... the shuttle computer -

                         FERGIE
          Simple systems, Dredd! Besides,
          I was scared.

                         DREDD
          Scared..?

                         FERGIE
          Well, yeah. Those were life or
          death situations. That's when my
          adrenalin shoots up and my brain
          goes into overtime - but you can't
          predict when that's gonna -
          Dredd grabs him, tucks him under his arm like a newspaper, and
          leaves the pod.

                         FERGIE
          Hey!
          The others are so surprised it's a second before they follow. (X)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          91 -

          9 INT. STUDENT CENTER - CORRIDOR

           Dredd strides down the hallway, holding Fergie up in the air. (X,

                          DREDD (X)
           First that Goddamn computer turned (X)
           on me. Then, you! (X)
           CRASH! Fergie's head hits a LIGHT FIXTURE. The bulb EXPLODES. (X)

                          FERGIE (X)
           Dredd, have you gone craz- OW! (X)
           Dredd steers him into another hanging FIXTURE. And ANOTHER. (X)

                          FERGIE (X)
           Dredd! Stop it - OW! Are you out (X)
           of your - OW ! ( X )

                          HERSHEY (X)
           Dredd, you're scaring him! (X)

                          DREDD (X)
           That's the idea! (X)
           Another BULB EXPLODES.

                          FERGIE
           Damn it, Dredd, Lemme down! I'm
           hitting every Goddamn -
          2�C ice:- - CLOSE 250
           �.. :his position, we can SEE the flash of inspiration on (X)
          s "ace.

                         FERGIE(CONT'D)
          (finishing the thought)
          - light!

           V - MEGA-CITY LIGHTS 251
           Ou_side the nearby window, a galaxy ofillumination. (X)

           FERGIE ' S VOICE
           - the city liah•ts..:

          252 BACK TO SCENE 252
           FERGIE (cont' d)

           I GOT IT! LEMME DOWN! (X)
           Dredd instantly obeys. Fergie's actually excited. He races (X)
          back to the student pod, the others right behind him. He pulls
          Hershey's sleeve.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          92 -

          ," -) 2 CONTINUED : 252

                         FERGIE(CONT'D)
          Have it show you the city power
          grid!

                         HERSHEY
          Central! I need to see the city
          power grid!

          CENTRAL,

                         (COMING ALIVE)
          Certainly, Judge Hershey. I'm glad
          we've finally changed the subject.
          The first level of the city power grid comes up. Like the first
          page of the Thomas Guide, it's very general and low on detail.

                         FERGIE
          (into her ear)
          Tell it to scan around all the grid
          sections. Random selection.

                         HERSHEY
          Scan through all the grid sections.
          Random selection.
          RAPID IMAGES now: Different neighborhoods of Mega-City, all
          depicted as COMPUTER GRAPHICS of color and pattern.

                         OLMEYER (X)

                         (WHISPER)
          What are we doing?

                         DREDD
          (getting it, a whisper)
          The Lab was top secret. It had
          to be in an out of the way place
          to stay secret. Right?

                         FERGIE

                         (NODDING)
          Out of the way places have low power
          demands. But a Genetic Lab would
          suck power likea motherfu-

                         DREDD

                         (SEEING SOMETHING)

          STOP!

                         HERSHEY

          STOP!
          They all rush forward, look at the grid. It's mostly DARK, just
          specks of light - but there''s one PULSING HOT SPOT.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          93 -

          ,, -2 CONTINUED : (2) 2=

                          DREDD
           Red Quad, Section 5: The oldest
           part of Mega-City.
           Olmeyer turns, looks off. (X)

                          OLMEYER (X)
          Did you hear something?

                         CENTRAL
          It's probably just the Judge
          Hunters.

                         DREDD
          What?

                         CENTRAL
          When I was off-line a moment ago,
          Judge Griffin asked me if I knew
          where you were. Naturally, I told
          him yes, and gave him your location.

                          OLMEYER (X )
           Get out, quick - !

                          HERSHEY
           What about you -

                          OLMEYER (X)
           I'll tell them you forced me to help
           you, get out!
           _2JX25 of pursuit are closer. Fergie yanks Dredd's arm. They
           _=ave. At the last moment, Hershey spontaneously kisses
           :,:mever. Needless to say, he's thrilled. (X)

                         253 W:OER 253
           As :redd & Co. break to leave they're momentarily visible in
           the bend of the corridor. SHOTS ring out. Olmeyer makes his (X)
           deo_s.on. He jumps into the aisle, starts FIRING.
           OLMEYER(cont'd) (X)
          (over his.,shoulder)
          Hershey, run!
          He charges forward, firing again and again, handling the weapon
          like an expert!

          254 THE FOUR JUDGE HUNTERS 254
          Totally caught by surprise.,.,they FIRE BACK for a second, but
          then Olmeyer's fusillade of RICOCHETING BULLETS sends them
          diving for cover!

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          94 -

          DREDD, HERSHEY AND FERGIE 255
          Almost at the flying cycle. Hershey hesitates at the shots.
          Dredd grimly pushes her towards the bike.

                         256 OLMEYER 256
          Gun empty, he dives for cover. Three of the Judge Hunters
          barrel past and the forth cracks him over the head and kicks
          away the weapon.

          257 THE FLYING CYCLE 257
          ROARS into the sky! For the second time, the Judge Hunters are
          too late!

          2.58 WITH ONE OF THE JUDGE HUNTERS 258
          While his comrades radio-report, he angrily stalks back to where
          Olme yer i s s i tting on the floor under guard. (X)

                         JUDGE HUNTER
          You're under arrest, cadet.
          Anything you say will be held
          against you.
          Woozy from the blow to the head, Olmeyer nods, pleased. (X)

                         OLMEYER (X)
          Judge Hershey.

                         CUT TO:

          25. JANUS LAB - NIGHT 259
          comes in, sees Rico and Ilsa. Crosses quickly towards
          - ne m .

                         GRIFFIN
          Dredd got away from the Hunters.
          He could be on his way here right
          now!

                         RICO
          Don't worry. He's going to be
          seriously outnumbered. Right,
          Central?

                         COMPUTER
          Correct, Council Judge Rico. The
          new DNA sample has been multi-plexed
          and the gametes are already
          dividing.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          95 -

          ,,-. -9 CONTINUED : 2F

                          GRIFFIN

                          (STUNNED)
          New sample..? What the hell's going
          on?

                         RICO
          Hey, That old DNA was in there for
          over 30 years. Sooner or later you
          gotta clean out the fridge.

                         GRIFFIN

                         (FURIOUS)
          That sample was created from the
          finest specimens on the Council of
          Judges! What did you replace it
          with?
          Rico just smiles.

                         GRIFFIN(CONT'D)
          My God. You?

                         RICO
          Can you think of a better model?
          Sleek lines... strong chassis.
          Corners on the curves.

                         ILSA
          I've test driven him. It's true.

          2-: _= AND GRIFFIN - TWO SHOT 260
           ..`_ pulls Rico away from her, talks in a desperate whisper.

                         GRIFFIN
          Rico. You don't know what you're
          doing! Software or wetware, when
          you make reproductions, there's
          always the danger of a defective
          copy! The last time, there was one
          perfect copy -

                         RICO
          Me.

                         GRIFFIN
          Dredd! And one defective copy -Lou!
          You had a mutation, on the Y
          chromosone...

                         RICO
          Yes. A mutat;on that made me the
          next step in human evolution.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         96

                         60 CONTINUED:

                         26C

                         GRIFFIN
          A mutation that made you a genetic
          criminal!

                         RICO
          Really? What's your excuse?

                         GRIFFIN
          Rico, for God's sake, listen!
          You're a defective copy yourself!
          And now you're making more copies
           that will be even more mutated -more

                         TWISTED -

                         RICO
          You're lying! All you care about
          is control! Well, the next batch
          of Janus Judges won't be the puppets
          you want... they'll be my brothers
          and sisters, mine to control!

                         GRIFFIN

                         (VOICE HUSHED)
          .sisters?

                         RICO
          Why not? I'm going to breed some
          more of me... the old fashioned way.

                         ILSA
          I'd like to be a fly on that wall.

                         RICO
          You will be.

          26- 3R_. 'IN

                         261
          Looks from Rico to Ilsa and back again, suddenly seeing them
          clearly for the first time.

                         GRIFFIN
          My God. I never should have
          started this. Never. But now I'll
          finish it - �.
          He draws his Lawgiver! But it has barely cleared the holster
          when the ABC robot grabs Griffin's wrist! It plucks the weapon
          from his han as if he's a child, hangs on to him!

                         RICO
          Griffy. You shouldn't have done
          that. Fido is very loyal.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          97 _

                         CONTINUED: 2F
          The robot grabs Griffin with its other hand. He's completely
          off the ground now.

                         GRIFFIN

                         (STRUGGLING)
          Let me go! Central! Help me!

                         CENTRAL
          I'm sorry, Chief Justice. The ABC
          robot is not tied into my main
          processor. Judge Rico has sole
          voice control.

                         RICO
          That's right, Griff. You gotta get
          with this hi-tech stuff. Robot:
          Tear off Judge Griffin's arms and
          legs. Save his head for last.
          CAMERA ADJUSTS as Griffin SCREAMS with fear - and then, as we
          :GHTEN on Rico and Ilsa, and we SEE the horrible SHADOWS on
          t:ne wall, the screams become far, far worse.
          cc watches with wincing amusement, like a spectator at a
          par: cularly rough hockey game.
          :=sa watches with a sick fascination and awe.
          -:-:ally the screams and horrible wrenching sounds STOP. There's
          a T The robot returns to position, metal hands stained.

                         RICO

                         (OFFHAND)
          Central. Where were we?

                         CENTRAL
          Before we go on, um... may I assume
          that Judge Griffin has uh... retired
          from duty?

                         RICO
          You may so assume.

          �,• CENTRAL
          I. see.
          (not thrilled!
          Well, in the uh, absence of any
          other um... surviving Council
          Judges, you are now the Presiding
          Chief Justice.

                         (PAUSE)
          How may I sex e you?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          98 -

                         CONTINUED: (2) 261

                         RICO

                         (SMILING)
          Send in the Clones.
          LIGHTS, ACTION. The Lab is completely on line.

                         CENTRAL
          The clone incubators are on-line.
          The first batch of clones from your
          personal DNA can be hatched in eight
          hours. Chief Justice Rico, how many
          copies of you would you like?

                         RICO
          Let's start with... a thousand.
          CAMERA ADJUSTS to show the INCUBATORS as they begin to fill with

          PROTOPLASM.

                         CEN'T'RAL
          Beginning Cloning process.. .now.
           And as an EIGHT HOUR COUNTDOWN begins, we

                          CUT TO:

          2 EXT. RED QUAD, SECTION 5 - NIGHT 262

          Tne oldest part of the city, with buildings and architecture
          _rom our era and even earlier. CAMERA DOLLIES back. The Flying
          Lawmaster has just landed, DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF CAMERA.
          �ers:�ev checks her Lawgiver. Dredd swing-cocks the Remington
          ixe a Western Hero.

                         FERGIE
          This looks like a really bad
          neighborhood. I'll stay here and
          watch the bike -

                         DREDD

                         (DRAGGING HIM)
          We might need you to shut down the
          Janus system.

                         FERGIE
          I. knew you were gonna say that.

                         DREDD

                         (TO HERSHEY)
          Down there?
          She checks a SCANNER.

                          (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           JUDGE DREDD 99 Rev. #1: 16/4/94

                         262 CONTINUED: 262

                          HERSHEY
           Down there.
           CAMERA ZOOMS BACK. They're on the artiall ruined HEAD of (X)
           the STATUE OF LIBERTY! Now, t ey DESCEND into the torso. (X)

          263 INT. STATUE OF LIBERTY - TORSO - NIGHT 263

          Dredd, Hershey and Fergie move down through the long-neglected
          monument. BATS flutter past. Only Fergie ducks.

                         FERGIE

                         (SWATTING COBWEBS)
          This is fraggy. No one's been up
          here in a hundred years.

                         HERSHEY

                         (CHECKING SCANNER)
          Someone's sure down below. Power
          Surge... this way.

                         264 REVERSE ANGLE 264
          They come down to a CURVED LANDING. They walk along the
          curve... to a dead end. More BEEPS. Everyone tenses.

                         HERSHEY

                         (PUZZLED)
          No wait, it moved... over to...
          As she turns to look around, the ABC Robot LUNGES OUT OF THE
          SHADOWS, grabs her off her feet! She drops her Lawgiver and
          scanner!

                          HERSHEY

           DREDD!

                         265 NEW ANGLE 265
          The robot holds Hershey with one hand - opens FIRE with the
          other! Fergie is hit! Dredd throws the wounded hacker to
          relative safety - swings up. the ancient Remington - FIRES at
          the robot!

          266 HERSHEY - IN THE ROBOT'S GRASP 266
          She flinches even though she knows Dredd is aiming around her.
          But Dredd's 30-30 bullets barely, dent the robot!

                         267 WIDER 267
          Man and robot advance on each other like Hong Kong gunmen,
          BLASTING AWAY. Dredd's shots BOUNCE off the Robot's armor!

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          100 -

          A0_1 - S7 CONTINUED: 267
           Some of the Robot's shots miss Dredd - some bounce off Dredd's
           armor - and one shot wings Dredd's shoulder. But Dredd KEEPS

           ON COMING!

           268 THE ROBOT'S LEG 268
          a bullet hits a tendon-like CONTROL WIRE! It SNAPS!

          269 BACK TO SCENE 269
          With an electronic SCREAM the robot GOES DOWN! But it hangs
          onto Hershey! Suddenly a PNEUMATIC DOOR slides OPEN. Rico and
          _isa are there, backlit. Both armed.

                         RICO
          Enough. Dredd. Drop your gun.

                         DREDD
          No.
          (starting to aim)
          Edsel, here still has another

                         KNEECAP -
          T h e ROBOT looks sharply at Dredd.

                         RICO
          Amusing. Robot. On a count of
          three... break Judge Hershey's neck.
          One... two...
          .e.: groaning, the Robot STANDS - tenses. Dredd throws down
          Remington beside Hershey's Lawgiver. Ilsa comes over to the
          V:ea=c^s. She picks up the REMINGTON... starts to reach for the

          R =., I AN: HERSHEY 270
          s-=a-: a dance towards each other...

                         SCENE 271
          Suddenly Ilsa grins. Laughs... and kicks it away.

                         RICO
          She's such a tease.

                         (HARSHER)
          Inside.
          Dredd is taken away. CHUNG. The Pneumatic door closes, leaving
          Hershey and Fergie in darkness with'the robot.

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          101 -

          INT. JANUS LAB - WITH DREDD 2-

          He's marched between Rico and Ilsa.

                         ILSA

                         (OFF DREDD)
          He looks a lot like you.

                         RICO
          He is a lot like me.

                         DREDD
          I'm nothing like you.

                         RICO
          The only difference between us,
          Joseph, is that you destroyed your
          life when you embraced the Law. I
          destroyed the Law and embraced...-
          life !

          273 DREDD - CLOSE 273
          Dredd reacts, startled to hear this twisted version of his own
          earlier words.
          RICO'S VOICE(cont'd)
          And speaking of life... behold.
           A Sw_TCH is thrown -
          2-74 A : u` STS LAB - VERY WIDE - NIGHT 274
           7cr the first time we SEE it, fully operational, fully lit,
           =_ea^inc with cold efficiency. Despite himself, Dredd is
           -.pressed. Rico dances into the great room, expansive. Ilsa
           oes Dredd forward.

                         RICO
          This is where we were born, brother!
          Can you feel the magic? Come...
          come, see where we began.

          W:-.H DREDD 275
          Drawn despite himself, he stands beside Rico, head turned up
          like his clone brother's. They never looked more alike. Dredd
          looks into the glass of the Incubator Chambers just above him.
          Inside, still forming HUMAN SHAPES, male and female, suspended
          in milky fluid.

                         RICO(CDNT'D)
          Look at them. Full of promise.
          The dawn of the new day.

                         (MORE)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          102 -

                         CONTINUED: 275

                         RICO(CONT'D)
          (pause, turning)
          The dawn of a new species.

                         CUT TO:

          276 INT. JANUS LAB - LANDING - NIGHT 276

          The ABC stands guard, Hershey still in its metal grip. She
          struggles but can't free herself.
          Fergie groans, opens his eyes. He presses one hand against his
          wound... then sees Hershey's predicament. Then he looks at the
          robot from head to toe...

                         CUT TO:

          277 INT. JANUS LAB - NIGHT 277

           Rico points to the other banks of incubators.

                          RICO
           Our brothers and sisters will be
           born in two hours. 60 today...
           60 tomorrow. An endless supply of
          perfection to guard Mega-City
          forever.
          (turning, earnest)
          Dredd. I can't train them alone...
          wide them alone. You can help me.
          You have to help me: It's your (X)
          birthright.

                         DREDD
          You get nothing from me, Rico.
          You've betrayed the Law.

                         RICO
          You... you dare mention betrayal
          to me? I was your friend. More
          then a friend! I was oyal to
          you... and you Judged me! You sent
          me up for nine years o frozen hell
          in Aspen! And you dare say
          "betrayal" to me?
          He raises his Lawgiver, aims it between Dredd's eyes.

                         RICO
          (dead serious) (X)
          Dredd. Give me your word you'll
          help me raise the kids.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          103 -

                         7 CONTINUED:

                         2-

                         DREDD
          When Aspen thaws, Rico. Go to hell.
          Tense seconds. Rico grins boyishly, lowers the gun.

                         RICO
          Aw. You knew I couldn't pull the
          trigger. we're family.
          He steps back. His face hardens. He SHOUTS.

                         RICO(CONT'D)
          Fido!

          7-78 NEW ANGLE

                         278
          CHUNG. The pneumatic door OPENS. Limping on its bad leg, the
          robot clanks slowly into the room, still hanging onto Hershey.
          Rico points at Dredd.
          RICO (cont' d)

                         (POINTING)
          Rip his arms and legs off... one
          by one. Save his head for last.
           ^e robot turns, clanks. Extends its free hand towards Dredd!
          red backs up - into a wall! The robot keeps coming, moving
          ce:weer. Rico and Ilsa - and then -THE ROBOT TURNS - BACKHANDS

                         279
          :=Ips over backwards, drops down a level! Ilsa runs
          :z-war_ - and the Robot knocks her aside, too!

                         280

                         ASTONISHED
          - until he SEES Fergie, hanging on the back of the
          his hands deep inside it working its circuits!

                         FERGIE

                         (A COWBOY)
          Yee-HAH!
          Now, there's one more SIZZLE and SPARK and the machine drops
          Hershey!

                         HERSHEY
          Dredd! Catch!
          She throws the Remington •11sa dropped to Dredd!

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          104 -

                         1 DREDD 28:
           whirls, FIRES down at Rico. Rico dives for cover... manages
           to grab his Lawgiver! He FIRES back up at Dredd!

                         282 ILSA 282
           jumps to her feet - right into Hershey's fist!

                         283 FERGIE 283
          hangs on to the robot as it staggers around, trying to regain
          control of its own movements. It stumbles back out into the
          corridor. Fergie sees it's reaching for him! Desperate, Fergie
          reaches into the robot as far as he can, throws a SWITCH! ZAP!

          284 THE ROBOT - NEW ANGLE 284
          :: PUNCHES its own FIST into its BRAIN. The head EXPLODES.

                         285 _ERGIE 285
          hi=s the floor, hard. Something inside him breaks. But he
          still has enough strength to look up and SEE

          286 ROBOT - HIS POV 286
          SMOKE billows from its head. Fist still buried to the wrist in
          a bizarre salute, it SLOWLY TOPPLES. CRASH!

                         FERGIE
          Hack you... asshole.
           =erc�e slumps... lies still.

                          CUT TO:

          287 :_SA AN-- HERSHEY 287
           Cor...nue to struggle hand to hand. Ilsa breaks free - goes into
           ^.er blurring Karate moves - finishes as always with a savage
           K7.--K to the crotch -

          258 HERSHEY - TILT UP FROM HER GROIN 288
           Hershey just grins.

                          HERSHEY
           You don't fight girls much, do you?
           She grabs Ilsa's ankle, flips her!

                          CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          105 _

          RESUME DREDD 28;'
          He's trying to keep Rico at bay, but he's clearly outgunned.
          Reloading behind cover, he SEES Fergie in the doorway. Crawls
          over to him. Fergie's ashen, his shirt soaked with blood.

                         DREDD
          Fergie.

                          FERGIE

                         (WEAKLY)
          Say it, Dredd.
          Pause.Then Dredd remembers.

                          DREDD
          I. I made a mistake. I... I'm
          sorry I misjudged you.

                         FERGIE
          And you'll never arrest me again.

                         DREDD
          And I'll never arrest you again.

                         FERGIE
          Damn straight.
          e dies. Dredd closes his eyes. CAMERA TIGHTENS on Dredd as
          nis face fills with fury. He SEES Hershey's Lawgiver on the
          --cor. Snatches it up! We CRANE UP with him as he COCKS it.

                         DREDD

          RICOOOOOO!
          wnrls, CHARGES into the open!

          28 5 W:TH DREDD - RUSHING FORWARD 289
          He's a one man mobile artillery charge, AIMING, FIRING and
          snou;..nq commands to his computerized weapon!

                         DREDD

          DOUBLE-WHAMMY! BOOMERANG! SPIN

          DIZZY! HEAT SEEKER! ARMOR

          PIERCING!

                         290 REVERSE ANGLE 290
          It's like a fireworks display as round after round of special
          bullet roars from Dredd's weapon, whirling all over the room!
          Mind totally blown, Rico tries to a'im, but then the BULLETS
          start to seek him out! He turns.. .runs!

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          106 -

          ' 91 WITH RICO

                         29:
          He DIVES behind some consoles! Armor Piercing rounds chase
          him, punching holes just above his head. Equipment SPARKS and
          SMOKES. Rico takes cover, lowers his voice.

                         RICO
          Central! Hatch the first set of
          clones, now!

                         CENTRAL
          The cloning process is not finished,
          Chief Justice Rico. The Clones will
          be only 60 per cent complete.

                         RICO
          Fuck that, I need reinforcements!
          Hatch the Goddamn clones, now!

                         CENTRAL
          Beginning hatching process... now.

                         (PAUSE; SOTTO)
          I know we're going to regret this.

                         CAMERA RAKES
          to the incubators. They begin to open.

          '9G DREDD

                         292
          =DUGHS as he passes a smoking CONSOLE. Moves forward, feet
          :RJNCHING on glass.

                         293 DTI'-RTED

                         293
          29- n_..SHEY AND 11-SA

                          294
           they roll into the workshop area. Hershey gets a
           :none nob or. her. Ilsa grabs a wrench - smashes it overhead
           .,.. :iersney!
           Hershey falls! Ilsa turns, KICKS her! Hershey
           =es to get to he feet. Ilsa moves in, ready to deliver the
           r:l:inc blow. And then - she SCREAMS.

          29, NEW ANGLE

                          295
           A CLONE is oozing out of an incubator right in front of her
           face!
           bone! ; It's half formed, raw muscle and sinew barely covering

                         296 WIDER

                          296
           In shock, Ilsa backs away - drops the wrench! The clone,
           clumsy, FALLS. Hershey recoils from it in shock - recovers her
           wits - and tackles Ilsa!

                         CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          107 -

                          DREDD 2'
           fumbling along in the smoke. Suddenly another half-formed CLONE
           rears up in his face! It mews horribly, clutches at him! Dredd
           FIRES a burst at it. It fa s away, vanishes in the smoke! (X)

                         298 RICO 298
           whirls at the SHOT. FIRES at the muzzle flash! We HEAR a (X)
           GROAN and a THUD. Grinning, Rico races in that direction. (X)

                         299 299

                          OMITTED THRU

                         30= 301

          302 HERSHEY AND ILSA 302
           still fighting. Ilsa gets in one, two terrific blows. (X)

                          ILSA (X)
           Bitch! (X)

                          HERSHEY (X)
           Judge Bitch, to you! (X)
           Hershey CLOBBERS her with a right! (X)

                          CUT TO:

           W:7'-: RICO 3 (
           He rushes forward, elated. TILT DOWN to the body. It's one of (X)
           clones, dressed in parts of Dredd's uniform! (X)

           DREDD'S VOICE (X)
           Rico. (X)
           Dread is on top of a big console. (X)
           DREDD (cont' d) (X)
           Here comes the Judge. (X)
           - -IVES down on Rico! Each man grabs each other's wrists! (X)
           h T e Lawgivers both FIRE wildly. Dredd and Rico carom off (X)
           ec:u• pment , FALL! (X)

                         304 3 04
          tr.ru OMITTED thru

                         30E 305

                         306 WIDER 306
           A short stairwell breaks their fall - and separates them at the (X)
           bottom! Rico rolls to his knees - still armed. Dredd is slowly (X)
           comina towards him - unarmed! (X)

                         RICO

          GRENADE!

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          108 -

                         S CONTINUED: 306

                         GUN VOICE
          All lethal rounds exhausted.
          Select.

                         RICO

          STANDARD BULLET!

                         GUN VOICE
          All lethal rounds exhausted.
          Select.
          Dredd is almost on top of him!

                         RICO

          SMOKE BOMB!
          He FIRES!

                         307 DREDD 307
          The round HITS HIM like a pile driver! His SHIRT catches FIRE!
          He falls backwards over a railing as the SMOKE coils upwards!

                         308 RICO 308

                          RICO
           Central! Turn off overhead
           lighting!
           HUNK. The lights GO OUT. Rico grins, runs out of SHOT!

                          309

                         T HRU

                         310

          ::SF, AND HERSHEY 311
          S::rprised by the darkness, Ilsa falls, sliding on the slick
          floor. TILT up. Hershey, limping, comes towards her.
          :lsa foot-sweeps her to the floor!

                         CUT TO:

                         3:2 DREDD 312
          On the floor below, chest blackened, trying to catch his breath.
          He REACTS as the lights go out. Seeing a LIGHT in the smoke, he
          crawls to it. His face falls when he sees its one of Central's

          EYES.

                         DREDD
          Central! Can you - (X)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          109 -

                         2 CONTINUED: 3'

                         CENTRAL
          Don't expect help from me,
          escaped-convict Dredd. I have (X)
          explained your legal standing
          repeatedly. I advise you to
          surrender.

                         DREDD
          Okay, you win. I'll give myself
          up to Chief Justice Rico. Where
          is he?

                         CENTRAL

                         (HELPFUL)
          Oh, he went upstairs.
          The lights come ON.
          CENTRAL (cont ' d )
          Straight ahead to your right.
          Dredd's gone.

                         CUT TO:

          EXT. STATUE OF LIBERTY - RUINED HEAD - NIGHT 31:

          Ricc is starting the Lawmaster Mark IV.

                         DREDD'S VOICE

          RICO000!
           turns, too late - Dredd's tackle takes him out of the
           sa.: ..._e
          312E _:.Os =Fc 312B
           ^e -and on the edge of the ruined head! The Lawgiver skids (X)
           cu: reach!

          -2 = LONG SHOT 312C
          High above the city, they trade punches! For a moment, Dredd
          has the advantage! (X)

                          DREDD
           That's for Fargo! That's for the
           u Co ncil! That's for Fergie!

                          (PAUSE)
          Wait'll I get to me.
          Then, even from this distance, we SEE Rico connect with Dredd's
          chest wound! Dredd almost folds!

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         110

          D CLOSE AGAIN 312D
           Rico's almost as exhausted as Dredd. On the other hand...
           Dredd is in agony.

                          RICO
           This... this is how you repay me (X)
           for telling you the truth? That (X)
           we were born with a destiny to rule! (X)
           A destiny you spit on! (X)
           Rico hits him on the wound again! Dredd falls, rolls to the
           edge of the rubble strewn platform. Rico grins, struggles to (X)
           full height.
          RICO (cont' d)

                         (CATCHING BREATH)
          Joseph Dredd. I hereby Judge you. (X)
          To the charge of betraying your best
          friend... GUILTY. To the charge
          of betraying your flesh... GUILTY.
          Rico leans over the helpless Dredd. KICKS him. Dredd slips
          over the edge, dangles!

                         RICO
          And finally... to the charge of
          being human when you could have been
          a God... GUILTY.
          Rico nicks up the Lawgiver. Puts it right against Dredd's head.

                         RICO(CONT'D)
          The sentence is DEATH!

                         GUN VOICE
          All lethal rounds exhausted.
          Select.

          312E UP ANGLE 312E
          Dredd dares everything, GRABS Rico's HAND! Dredd's finger makes
          contact with the pistol grip.

                         GUN VOICE
          DNA accepted. Select.

                         DREDD
          Signal Flare!
          And as he SHOUTS it, he uses his last strength to smack the
          weapon away!

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         IF

                          WIDER 31-
           The SIGNAL FLARE ROUND FIRES, like a ROCKET! Rico, off-balance.,
           is knocked backwards! He falls SCREAMING to his death!

          312G CLOSE ON DREDD 312G
           He watches his brother fall. Starts to climb up... a boot steps
           on his hand. He looks up.
          312w ILSA 312H
           bruised, bloody - angry! Then - WHAM! A FIST SMASHES into her
          haw!

                         312: WIDER 3121
           :1sa falls next to the Lawmaster IV. Hershey reaches down for
           - - redd's hand -

                          313
          r. _ .. DM-- :"TED thru

                         3_C 319

                         CUT TO:
          32: DBE-i AND HERSHEY - AT THE PNEUMATIC DOOR - LOWER LEVEL 320
          ::sa, cuffed, is on the floor, unconscious. Hershey helps
          s•.:=port Dredd. They look at each other. Dredd looks back in
          'e lab. Nods at Hershey. She raises her weapon. Speaks into

                         HERSHEY
          Grenade.
          BLAM! The incubators EXPLODE.

           LAB - WIDE 321
           2HA N REACTION spreads through the lab. One by one, consoles
           ant wcrx stations ERUPT. The unborn clones SCREAM soundlessly
          as :::ev burn.
          ? iv E JMAT I C DOOR 322
           weary, Dredd closes it. As it BLOCKS his FACE we GO TO -

          322A EXT. BASE OF STATUE OF LIBERTY - NIGHT 322A

          A CIRCLE OF LIGHT FORMS around Rico's body. We WIDEN. A squad
          of JUDGE HUNTERS has appeared on Lawmasters. Dredd and Hershey
          come into view.

                         DREDD
          (to them)..
          It's over.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          112 -

                          CONTINUED: 322A

           OLMEYER'S VOICE (X)
           They know, Judge Dredd.

          322B NEW ANGLE 322B
           Olmeyer is with them, a little banged up. (X)
           OLMEYER(cont'd) (X)
          They know, now.
          The Judge Hunters put away their weapons. The leader=approaches
          Dredd, salutes.

          JUDGE HUNTER LEADER
          You saved Mega-City, sir. You're
          a hero.

                         DREDD
          No. Just a Judge. I did my job.
          CAMERA ADJUSTS and we SEE that he is holding Fergie's body in
          ..z.s arms.

                         DREDD(CONT'D)
          Here's your hero.
           The other Judges take Fergie's body respectfully. Hershey and (X)
          -ever approach Dredd. (X)

                          OLMEYER (X)
           We have to reconstitute the Council, (X)
           Judge Dredd. You should be on it. (X)
           doesn't look convinced. Hershey, even less so. (X)

                          HERSHEY (X )
           No. That's not for him. (X)

                          (TURNING) (X)
           This is for him. (X)

           CAMERA ADJUSTS. Olmeyer is holding Dredd's helmet. Hershey (X)
           :akes_it, puts it on Dredd. For a moment the shot matches the (X)
           one of Fargo and the two cadets just before his Long Walk. (X)
           And then Dredd, too, turns and walks. Not into the wilderness: (X)
           Into his City. As the CAMERA CRANES UP, we (X)

           FADE OUT.

           THE END



Judge Dredd



Writers :   Steven E. de Souza
Genres :   Action  Crime  Sci-Fi


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