David Twohy Foresees Two More Sequels to Complete 'Riddick' Series
Today the long-awaited third film in the sci-fi series, which started with Pitch Black and continued with Chronicles of Riddick, hits theaters. But David Twohy's recent installment Riddick likely won't be the end of the franchise. After all, Vin Diesel traded a cameo in Universal's Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift for the rights to the Riddick character, so you can bet if there's still a story to tell, they'll make it happen. In our own interview with Twohy, the director said, "I imagine there's probably two more movies in the franchise." Which sounds good, because we know it's not just for money, and there's an ending in mind.
Most sequels are launched immediately because a studio sees box office success and immediately wants more of the same, but with Twohy and Diesel, this won't be an immediate project, but it's definitely in their future. Twohy told us:
"I don't want to make back-to-back Riddick movies, but neither does Vin. Nor do I want to wait eight or nine years between Riddick movies [laughs] because I don't want Vin to be playing this when he's my age. So I'll probably do one other movie first and then come back and we'll pick it up and do another. I imagine there's probably two more movies in the franchise."
Twohy elaborated on this revelation at ScreenRant, saying:
"I think it’s good that we are looking at ending the series so it doesn’t feel like an open-ended thing, like we’re doing it just for monetary reasons and we’ve just got to keep rolling it over and rolling it over. I think there’s a real end to this and I know what that last movie looks like. The real question is: is it like a two-parter rather than a one-parter? So I think we’re both thinking the same thing, that there’s two more movies in the series.
I know what that movie looks like, I’ve talked it out. It has all the right notes, it’s a great movie. The real question is: what do you do before you get there? Is it a voyage through the Necromonger universe? Do you have to earn the right to return home by some trial of fire? That’s what we’re talking about doing. Perhaps.”
So there's nothing set in stone just yet, but it's cool to hear that Twohy has an endgame in mind. Of course, with Diesel's business in the Fast & Furious franchise and other upcoming projects like Soliders of the Sun and World's Most Wanted, he's a busy guy. Plus, Diesel is doing voicework and motion capture for Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, a role that could turn up in later Marvel sequels like The Avengers 2, The Avengers 3 or any Guardians of the Galaxy sequels. Anyway, it's been nine years since Chronicles of Riddick hit theaters anyway, so these kinds of things take time to come together. Stay tuned.