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"Riddick" Threequel Is A Go! Shooting Begins This Summer.

by Tambay A. Obenson
May 25, 2011 1:51 AM
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"GRRRR.. D T the writer/director just landed in New York with the good news. We can start filming this summer. However, there is a catch... in order for us to make a true R rated film, I must work for scale upfront. Not unlike the "Find me Guilty" experience (which I wouldn't have changed for the world)... Money is always second to art, integrity and spirit... but the real issue is deeper. Can I suspend my life, to momentarily venture to that dark place... called Riddick."

Words posted by Vin Diesel on his Facebook fan page (with 24+ million fans and counting) yesterday evening, accompanied by the picture you see above.

So, obviously he's talking about a Chronicles Of Riddick threequel, which we first alerted you to over a year ago, when word of its possibility started circulating. The "D T" he mentions is David Twohy, who helmed the first 2 films in the franchise.

I thought the first film in the series, Pitch Black, was actually cool. I enjoyed it. The second however was a bloated mess; their individual budgets contribute to the tale: Pitch Black was made for $23 million; the second was budgeted at $105 million! Some times, a larger budget (in this case a significantly larger budget) is exactly just that, and does not a better movie make. Like I said… a bloated mess.

So, over the next 2 to 3 years, expect to see Diesel in at least 1 more (if not 2) Fast & Furious movies, 1 more XXX flick, and 1 (maybe 2) more Riddick pictures.

I guess that Hannibal The Conqueror project of his that’s been in limbo for about a decade now will continue to stay there… indefinitely.

I actually just received a copy of an early draft of the upcoming third Riddick movie script, which is titled… drum roll… Chronicles Of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking! I haven't read it yet (I still have a number of other scripts to get through), but I will within the next week. The draft is dated October 2009, so it's about 1 1/2 years old, and certainly, much could have changed since then. Or little to nothing at all, as I know they've been trying to get this set up somewhere since, at least, April of 2010.

Regardless, I'll read it, and share my thoughts based on that draft, on this site, soon afterward.

As for all he says about having to work for scale upfront... the things an artist must do for his art... boo-hoo.

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4 Comments

  • Tamara | May 25, 2011 8:55 AMReply

    I loved the Necromongers and their mythology

    Me, too.

    I loved them so much I called them "Necromancers" in my last comment...

    Fangirl fail LOL

  • Jug | May 25, 2011 6:37 AMReply

    I read the script and it is back to Riddick basics. Problem is, like Tamara said, less is more. If this were the sequel to Pitch Black it'd be cool, but after Chronicles...which still has left a rather foul taste like childhood poo in my mouth...this is going back to the well one too many times.

    For FAST FIVE, folks are seeing hot chicks & cars, not necessarily Vin Diesel and certainly not Paul Walker. BUT being an actor, I know the hustle, strike when you find that oil and keep it movin'.

    Oddly enough, I loved the Necromongers and their mythology, which is expounded upon in the DVD/Blu-Ray specials. They need to do a movie about those cats & the Underverse...with a muuuch better writer LOL

  • Tamara | May 25, 2011 4:34 AMReply

    Chronicles Of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking

    *blinks* Come again. LOL.

    Sometimes less is definitely more. (Pitch Black). I rather enjoyed that feature as well. The second? Not so much.

    I mean, you have Keith David, Dame Judi Dench for pete's sake! Thandie, Karl Urban (great eye-candy), Colm Feore, etc. A great story, but it as you say was bloated, inflated from jump and by the time it hit the screen it had transmogrified into a "flatulence of fail". I was so disappointed. I could literally 'see' where it fell off. And recasting Jack (Kyra) and inserting a love story or what-ever into the mix. Not necessary. Give me Furian-lore, bounty hunters, different worlds, the chase, 'til Underverse come, Necromancers, battleships, battlefields, etc....

    They could've kept that attempted romance angle (which was icky anyway given the father-son/daughter, reluctant mentor/eager 'apprentice' relationship established in the first). I digress...

    But I still bought that sucka. Sometimes watch it... Sigh. What could've been...

    So how to resurrect it? How to further (or rebuild) the story? And what does "scale upfront" mean? Less pay?

    Can't wait to read your thoughts on the script :)

  • Dankwa Brooks | May 25, 2011 3:01 AMReply

    ‘Pitch Black’ is my favorite Vin Diesel movie. While I thought the sequel was bloated, I didn’t think it was a mess…but I didn’t think it was that great either.

    To me they were trying to jump onboard the whole - Let’s build our own mythology like ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Matrix’ where it’s this whole different universe with it’s own hierarchy and heroes blah, blah, blah…

    xXx (1) was horrible and I’ve never seen any ‘Fast & Furious’, but I’m kinda glad his career took a dive because it seemed like he abandoned the franchises that made him and now he’s coming back to them.

    Here’s hoping this “humbling” leads back to great movies.

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