David Twohy Chimes in With 'Riddick' Sequel Update + Concept Art
A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about a quote from Vin Diesel's Facebook talking about how he'd have to work "for scale" in order to actually get the greenlight for a new R-rated Chronicles of Riddick movie this summer. Well, franchise writer/director David Twohy just chimed in on his own blog with an update (via RopeofSilicon). Twohy seems enthusiastic, saying: "The finish line (actually a starting line) seems closer than ever." He adds: "We've reached a critical mass of enthusiasm and resource needed to launch a movie. If we go now, we can make it now. If we don't, we may never. And trust me, we're all keenly aware of that."
Twohy also says that he's spoke with Diesel a lot about the project and that it's really him who's truly in control. "But Vin will be the driving force behind this next movie; I’m merely the writer-director. Am I being facetious? Kinda. But kinda not, too: It’s Vin and the concessions he chooses to make that will allow this movie to go forward. And his love of the character, of course," which is what Diesel talked about last time. Let's hope all that pays off with a damn good sequel/prequel or whatever this will be. Twohy also debuted a badass concept art "tableau" for the next film called "Fifth Horseman" that you can see below.
"Above is a piece of art I did for Vin to help him see some of the visuals I carry around in my head night and day." I know that I'm in the minority this time, but I'm pretty excited to see them actually bring an R-rated Chronicles of Riddick movie to the light of day, as that's exactly what I've been waiting to see. And with this concept art, along with other story hints of previous, I think we're in for some seriously badass sci-fi action again and I can't wait to see what they've got cookin'. I just hope Twohy has a budget to make this kick ass.
Apparently they also have some ideas that go beyond just one movie, in hopes that this is a big success, of course. Twohy states in his update: "[Vin and I] talked at length about where we go from here – about how to travel to all the places in the RIDDICK universe that needed travelling [sic] to – and we think we know have the Master Map. We'll keep it tucked tightly in our breast pocket for now, but it's enough to say that, if we can pull it all off, you'll have spent a good 15 years with us." I'm already in, bring it. For updates straight from Twohy, follow his own official blog. We'll be sure to let you know if we hear anything else new.