Another Riddick Movie a Matter of Rating
08.13.09 by Ryan
Despite the critical drubbing of Chronicles of Riddick, neither star Vin Diesel nor writer/director David Twohy have given up on making another Riddick movie. Diesel used his Facebook page to announce some news about the next installment of Riddick:
The Riddick discussion is about rating now .... Though Hollywood likes their PG Ratings, the next chapter in the COR series was always envisioned as an R rating, like Pitch Black ....
One Studio exec suggested doing both The Underverse and The Furyan, (working titles) at the same time, allowing us an R rating for the first and a PG rating for the second.
The good news- David Twohy's script comes in next month.
Diesel has said that he and Twohy planned for Chronicles to be the start of a trilogy, one that would take place sequentially before Pitch Black, and that he and Twohy could make the next two Riddick movie simultaneously, though his Facebook update suggests they would only do this if they can get their R-rating. Twohy gave more details about the next Riddick to ShockTilYouDrop, including an explanation of what went wrong in Chronicles of Riddick :
I've sketched out two ideas for the next installment. Vin and I have decided on one approach of those two, and there's some interest at the studio level but it would be as a PG-13 film, and we don't want to do that anymore. That's one of the concessions we thought we made with Riddick that we shouldn't have made. We also spent too much money and we were too ambitions, so yes, if we do go back to a third one, it will be focused again, hopefully again the same way that Pitch Black was, and we'll spend less money doing it.
The Riddick character continues to spawn successful video games (with Diesel providing the voice), but Twohy basically concedes that to continue making Riddick movies means borrowing from Pitch Black in more ways than just focus:
The third movie would be more modestly-scaled and it would probably feel more like Pitch Black then Chronicles. It will always be Riddick-centric. If the question is whether it will be more like the first one than the second one, the difference is that yeah, you can sell it on its creatures and say "This is a creature fest and we're going to go out as us vs. the creatures," but that's like a lot of different movies. However, the hallmark of a good movie, and I think Pitch Black is a good movie, is that even if you took the creatures out of the picture, you'd still have some pretty interesting character dynamics going on within that group, and it's almost like you can tell the same story without the creature or substitute some other external pressure on the group, because there were internal pressures as well that were interesting.
More details will probably arrive when the Twohy script is handed over next month. Do you think another Riddick movie should be made? Share a comment with us!