It will be the first major 3D action film to be made in Africa.

DNA Films’ new feature version of Judge Dredd is to shoot at Cape Town Film Studios, making it the first major 3D action film to be made in Africa.

Directed by Pete Travis (End Game), the film officially started pre production on 23rd August at the Cape Town Studios. Production is expected to continue until March 2011.

According to studio CEO Nico Dekker the $45m production would bring in over $20m to South Africa.

The new studio, which will officially open its door in October this year, is the first custom built Hollywood style film studio complex in Africa. It is owned and financed by Anant Singh’s Videovision Entertainment and Marcel Golding’s Sabido Investments.

Judge Dredd producer, Andrew McDonald, of DNA Films, said: “The film is not location specific and could have been made in any country in the world”.  The affordability of South Africa as a film destination and the new high tech Cape Town Film Studios provided us with the ideal combination.”

Co-producer Michael Murphey, who was also behind District 9, added: “Cape Town Film Studios provides the ideal location for the making of this exciting new DNA project”.