Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Holy Crap! Another Riddick Movie(s)!!!

In an interview given to MTV News, Vin Diesel mentioned that the wheels have been set in motion to produce not just one, but TWO sequels to the much maligned Chronicles of Riddick franchise. According to Diesel:

"David Twowy right now is writing the scripts. The only question is whether we take a page from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ guys and try to shoot the two chapters at the same time. There are two more in mind."

Of course, the idea of a pair of sequels following the 2004 movie is no surprise to fans who can remember that this was originally planned as a trilogy all along. However, after the perceived dismal box office outing, many gave up hope of ever seeing a sequel (let alone two) being realized.

Looks like there's hope after all!

Now unlike most cynics, I actually *liked* the last movie. Yes, it took a huge departure from the style and feel of the original Pitch Black film which started the franchise, but I thought the hints were always there of a much larger, broader (in terms of scope) universe. Even the Pitch Black DVD hinted at this, with one of the special bonus features being a log of the bounty hunter, Johns, who tracks Riddick from one hell-hole world to another, always missing him at the last moment.

With Chronicles, what we got was an ambitious space opera of a sequel. Sure it had its bad moments (Thandie Newton was horribly misused, for one), but overall it was an interesting first attempt at an action sci-fi flick (Pitch Black, by comparison, was a horror sci-fi film in the same vein as the Aliens franchise).

People like to hate on Diesel and especially his Riddick bad-boy role, but I'm willing to give director David Twohy the benefit of the doubt. Both Diesel and Twohy have a strong vision of the franchise, and I get the feeling they'll be a lot more careful this time around translating that passion onto the big screen. I think the huge influx of money and studio pressure the last time left all parties involved a little flummoxed!

But that's okay, they'll get it right next time. Consider me there on opening day!


Anonymous said...

That's awesome news, I love riddick.


David J. Batista said...

Hey Lee, how's it going? Good to see you around!

I'm glad there's one more person out there who appreciates the franchise. Riddick kicks mucho ass!

Ashe Hunt said...

THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' 'BOUT!!!! I LOVE the Riddick series. I think you're right about the money thing. They actually got SO much more than they were expecting, I think they were like, let's spend it ALL cuz we might not get this much again. Anyways, they know they have enough of a following that they'll be covered in the next effort. Plus they're obviously SF fans, so I'm sure they'll make sure the stories are written, and performed well. That all for now.

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