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David Twohy Chimes in With 'Riddick' Sequel Update + Concept Art

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June 1, 2011
Source: Official Blog

Chronicles of Riddick

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.

Riddick Sequel 2011 Concept Art

"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.

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  • Bilal Chohan
    I've noticed that authors from several movie-news sites always claim to be in the minority when it comes to liking the Riddick films, but when you add up all those people, we make for quite the strong cult-fandom. =)
    • Anonymous
      Yep.  I personally thought that Chronicles of Riddick was visually stunning, had decent acting and a good plot line.  Just based on those opinions alone, I would pay to see a sequel in the theater.
    • Well it's hard to tell and whenever I write about it, I see a bunch of comments of people complaining. Plus, I'm of the group that didn't really like Chronicles of Riddick (the last movie) but is it excited for this new (R-rated) one anyway.
      • Anonymous
        vin diesel wishes he was still as fit as that picture portraited. lol. but no, i'm very excited for this. Riddick was an excellent sci-fi, did you like pitch black?
        • I LOVE Pitch Black, one of my all-time fave sci-fis, that's why I want to see some more like that one again!
      • Bilal Chohan
        Don't forget fans of the game (which was surprisingly good in the late xbox era). Not all Pitch Black and Chronicles fans overlap, it's true. Perhaps the extra rated-R edge of this new film will unite these random fans
        • Anonymous
          Spot on, Bilal.  And I LOVED the TCOR game on the X-Box, as well as the "revised" version and its sequel on the 360. I loved PITCH BLACK and thought that TCOR was not bad--it certainly had an epic look and feel, and even if it was not as good as the first film, I personally did not feel that it was worth the barrage of ill will it received over the years.
  • happy camper
    good news, i liked both Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick. Glad to hear it will be rated R.
  • Bilal Chohan
    Any chance you could interview the director? That'd be cool - he seems quite open to chatting with fans.
    • I'll see what I can do... maybe better closer to release?
      • Bilal Chohan
        If you think that would be better, release could be several months from now, but whatever works =)
  • Xerxexx
    I'm am so anxious for this movie! Its gonna be awesome!
    • Anonymous
      Let's hope so, Xerxexx....it'll be good to see Riddick in action again!
      • Xerxexx
        Indeed! In Richard B. Riddick we trust!
  • Jericho
    BRING IT!!!!!
  • Chris_G
    I saw Pitch Black in theaters as a kid with my family. I loved it then and eagerly awaited a sequel for years. My older brother and I saw The Chronicles of Riddick in theaters(some of the few apparently) and liked it, but the Director's Cut of the film was far superior. Escape From Butcher Bay was also a fantastic game. I really hope that Vin is willing to take the steps necessary for this franchise to continue, he must remember that Pitch Black was one of his first big roles. There is no way that the film could possibly be a bomb with him starring...the new Fast and Furious films have made him a bigger name than he ever was before.
    • Anonymous
      Chris, have you played ASSAULT ON DARK ATHENA, the sequel to BUTCHER BAY?  It's not as good as the first game, but it is still a great game to play.
  • Pitch Black was an odd film, at times it teetered close to being a Syfy channel type film, but it's good to know that the acting and minimal use of effects created a solid movie. Chronicles was good to, just a whole lot different. Riddick is a decent character for sure and I love the world he lives in. Good news right?
  • Marty
    He has visions of bad photoshopping in his head, night and day? The director should just take a photoshop class THEN worry about directing films.
  • jah p
    I loved Pitch Black, wasn't so crazy about Chronicles though..I do hope they can get back to what made Pitch so great...I'd love to see Riddick in a crossover in the new Aliens remakes...
    • Anonymous
      Riddick vs. Aliens?  Hmmm...a good fanfic idea, but a movie...well....
  • RobNZ
    Director's Cut of COR was great. Not sure if this new one is a sequel or prequel to COR.
  • Furious911
    Yeah the directors cut was awesome. IDK how you guys dont like Chronicles, comapred to all the crap sci-fi stuff that comes out, this new universe with furians and necromongers, and prison planets... give me a break fellas, even if chronicles is 1/2 and good as you guys complain it is its still better then most.

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