As you probably know Vin Diesel’s Riddick first appeared in Pitch Black. The low budget sci-fi thriller did good work at the box office and a sequel was made – The Chronicles of Riddick. That did not do so well and many people hated it. I personally enjoyed it, but can see why it was not a success. It was supposed to be the beginning of a new trilogy and, back in the day, Diesel said it was going to be a sci-fi equivalent of The Lord of the Rings.
That did not come to pass and it appeared Riddick would be lost in the dark forever.
However, Vin Diesel and director David Twohy teamed up once more and have taken the character back to his roots in the new film, Riddick (due out in the UK on 4th September and the US on 6th).
Watch the latest trailer here.
It turns our Diesel and Twohy would still like to carry on with the character and the new film sees some references to The Chronicles of Riddick.
“At its core [Riddick] is a survival story about one man, and his only way to get off this planet is to call in the mercenaries for a ride,” Twohy told SFX. “That said, we don’t turn our backs on the mythology that we planted in the last movie, and we are actually bringing Karl [Urban] back for a few days of filming
to advance it and lay the groundwork for movie four. We’re concerned with paying off the loyal fans and think that if somebody doesn’t understand something the solution is to look at the other two movies and get up to speed. It does play in a gratifying way as a standalone movie, but there are threads that we continue to sew that we started in previous movies and will continue in future movies.”
If Riddick is a success they plan on delving deeper into the character in subsequent films.
“You’ve got to go to the Underverse,” says Diesel. “It’s expected, it’s something I firmly believe. You’ll have to go through the Underverse to get to Furya. So, those are the two further stories that are mapped out. The Underverse is a much more costly venture. We went this direction, trying to do an R-rated movie, which is cool and even more interesting because it’s so unexpected. But yes, you will be at the Underverse and you will be at Furya sooner or later.”
How would you feel about more Riddick?