Riddick sequel happening, but compromised?
Vin Diesel has been speaking about the next Riddick film, one that we've heard David Twohy has been working on for a little while now. So far they've been pitching for an R rating in the U.S. and he's been very vocal that this is what they are going to get, and the good news is that they have.
However there's bad news, there's not enough money to pay Diesel up front and he'll have to do a deal for scale, i.e. get paid a certain amount depending on how much the film makes, and suddenly he's uncertain.
Up until now Vin Diesel has been so positive and keen on the project and the rebirth of Riddick, but as soon as he hears that the money isn't going to be upfront he's uncertain. Well can you blame him really? If you think about it we wouldn't work for free for six to eight months and then not be paid for years after that would we?
Yes you can have the argument that he's got tons of money anyway and shouldn't really be desperate for the stuff, but when you have more, you spend more, and really that's none of our business. If you do a job you should get paid.
Anyway, that isn't the point of this and I seem to have gone off on a little tangent. Although it would seem at first that Vin Diesel's comments on his Facebook page through JoBlo are positive about the film, it is obvious that the film has been compromised in some other way.
"D T [David Twohy] the writer/director just landed in New York with the good news. We can start filming this summer. However, there is a catch... in order for us to make a true R rated film, I must work for scale upfront. Not unlike the "Find me Guilty" experience (which I wouldn't have changed for the world)...
Money is always second to art, integrity and spirit... but the real issue is deeper. Can I suspend my life, to momentarily venture to that dark place... called Riddick.
Now, I need to hear from Our collective... you."
The new Riddick film is going to get an R rating and it's going to get made, great news all round I would say, especially as he's said before that the new Riddick films would be more towards the darker side, the original Pitch Black rather than the The Chronicles of Riddick, and that really is good to hear.
That said, although they've received their rating and it looks like we might get a new film, there's definitely a compromise on the film. If we're hearing that the star has to take a deal on the returns of the film for pay then there are definitely budget concerns on the production.
Of course that doesn't mean that there are big problems, every film has a budget to work to and often that is just the way the final film gets made. It's also no sign as to whether the film will be good or bad, just made the good or bad comes from the people behind the film.
So the Riddick will get the sequel a lot of fans want, and there's no doubt that Vin Diesel will take up the role, he just wants to know people will go to see the film. What I wonder is if there is a limited budget will David Twohy have to pull back the story and make it a little less Chronicles and a lot more Pitch?