Official Synopsis for Riddick, the Sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick
05.11.10 by BJSprecher
Since the first two movies in the "Riddick" series were not exactly crowd pleasers, many were surprised at the announcement that a third movie was on the way — even though writer-director David Twohy and title star Vin Diesel had both expressed interest in returning. Now we have an official synopsis for Riddick, formerly The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking, courtesty of ShockTillYouDrop. While it's somewhat similar to the leaked story details reported months back by THR, there's no mention of the "trisons" and "mud demons."
Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick (Diesel) fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.
If the plot of the new movie sounds a little like the plot of the first movie, Pitch Black, that's apparently intentional. In an interview with ShockTillYouDrop back in August 2009, Twohy said that the third movie "would probably feel more like Pitch Black then Chronicles" and that he would tone down the scale of the production. He went on to say that another mistake that he hoped to remedy in the third movie would be to go back to the R-rating of Pitch Black, as opposed to the tamer PG-13 of the second movie, The Chronicles of Riddick.
The ShockTillYouDrop article also mentioned that Patrick Tatopoulos, the production designer on such movies as I, Robot and Underworld: Evolution, would be designing the creatures for Riddick, but no other cast members have been announced at this time.
Pitch Black, was moderately successful at the box office; however, The Chronicles of Riddick barely broke even. Not only that, but both movies scored poorly with critics, with aggregate review site RottenTomatoes giving them a 55% and 29%, respectively.