Two more Riddick films?
It was back in November of 2007 that David Twohy started talking about the prospect of another Riddick film, you know a sequel to Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, and the exciting news is that Vin Diesel is now talking about it and the fact that Twohy is actually writing two scripts, not one.
The new story doesn't say what direction these films will take, but if we go back to the Filmstalker article in 2007 we'll see that Twohy was talking about more Pitch Black than Chronicles.
“All I can say now is "We're talking about it." The DVD numbers were really good - we know that, and some potential financiers know that. But if another movie surfaces, it probably won't be a Universal movie and probably will be an independent movie. Which means we'll have to make it for substantially less than the last installment. But that's okay. PITCH BLACK was $22 million all in. Maybe it's time to go back to our roots - as we go on to The UnderVerse.”
“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.”
Two more films? Well that goes against what he said last year, but in a very good way, back then he said it was going to be a trilogy.
The really good news is what is proposed, and Diesel is still echoing the same sentiment about where the films are going, although he's not as specific to say it's definitely going to be Pitch Black over The Chronicles of Riddick:
“Sooner or later we all end up in the Underverse...The real question is whether or not anyone still cares or really ever did?”
That's what Twohy was saying back then, so this does sound good. Over all this time they're still talking about the same ideas, and now they've expanded to two films.
However it doesn't look like we'll get these anytime soon, and I suspect that we won't be seeing them on the same scale or size as Chronicles. Just look at what the director of Babylon A.D. is saying about the film, if that's true and it turns out to be rubbish, the reputation of Diesel and science fiction stories may just be tarnished with the big studios, never mind how well the Riddick films did on DVD.
“Everyone knows I love the Riddick character and I'm always working on it. It just takes five years to make another one because David Twohy and I are so precious about it.”
Yeah, it might take that long to get together the funding to do a bigger budget film, or they could go back to the smaller Pitch Black style. I'm with the latter myself.