New Riddick Sequel, Titled Just Riddick, Officially on the Way
by Alex Billington
February 11, 2010
I don't know what it is with Universal and shortening titles. Some genius there must think that by removing more words from an upcoming sequel's title, it'll do better. They just renamed Fast and the Furious 5 (as it should be called) to just Fast Five. And now Variety says they've named the next Chronicles of Riddick sequel just Riddick. Come on, you can't sell a movie with more words in its title? Anyway, there's nothing really new in this announcement, they're just saying that the next movie is now officially in the works, so expect it in theaters in 2011 (most likely). And yes, Vin Diesel will be back, but we already knew that, too.
Franchise creator David Twohy will be back to direct the script he wrote, however we're not sure which one it is they're using. My hope is that Universal decided to go with the R-rated one that's darker and edgier, or else this is guaranteed to be worse than Chronicles of Riddick. Variety says that they've heard from insiders that "the third outing will hew closer in tone to the cult hit Pitch Black and will focus on the character of Riddick as opposed to the universe he inhabits." Good to hear, but I'm still weary, since I love the character of Riddick and Pitch Black, but didn't like Chronicles of Riddick. Hoping for a return to form in this one!