Vin Diesel Promises Two More Chronicles of Riddick Movies
Vin Diesel is definitely the biggest news of the day. Not only did we run his new Fast and Furious trailer, but his other film, Babylon A.D., got an article discussing its problems with Fox. Now we add some more news from the man himself into the mix. Diesel spoke with MTV recently and told them that he is indeed already working on making two more Chronicles of Riddick movies. When that film hit in 2004, it was setup to be a trilogy, but it had a poor run at the box office and now its been 4 years since we've even heard it mentioned again. Diesel is hopeful that it will be back anyway and is working on a script with David Twowy. "Everyone knows I love the Riddick character and I'm always working on it."
David Twowy wrote and directed both The Chronicles of Riddick and Pitch Black and is indeed currently writing two more new 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." As for where it might head, "sooner or later we all end up in the Underverse" is all that Diesel said. This falls in line with a report from 2005 that the second film would head to the Underverse while the third would conclude with a return to Furya, Riddick's home world. This might lead to an epic conclusion, but with a mediocre introduction with Chronicles of Riddick, I don't think anyone will be too excited for another two movies (except for me).
So why does Diesel say it's taking so long if it wasn't the bad box office? "It just takes five years to make another one because David Twohy and I are so precious about it." He's right about that - Pitch Black was released in early 2000 and Chronicles of Riddick was released in mid 2004, almost five years apart. Pitch Black is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi movies that I can always revisit, but Chronicles of Riddick fell apart as a sequel. I really wasn't that entertained and didn't care if they made a trilogy or not. If Twowy can pull of something amazing, though, I'm still interested - because Diesel's Riddick is a character than I can never get enough of, no matter how bad the movie. Thoughts?