Back in March Vin Diesel confirmed that Pitch Black was a prequel to a trilogy, and that Chronicles of Riddick was the first movie of the trilogy. We learned that the second film in the trilogy will take Riddick to the Underverse, and the third movie will head to Furia itself – the planet of Riddick’s origin.
In an exclusive interview with ShockTillYouDrop David Twohy, the writer of the Riddick series, has added a little more detail. He’s confirmed that the producers are not interested in making a PG-13 film and that the new film will be produced with a more budget conscious mindset.
“I’ve sketched out two ideas for the next installment,” Twohy said. “Vin [Diesel] 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. We’re just trying to figure out how much less we can do it for, because I don’t think Vin is going to work for scale again.”
“The third movie would be more modestly-scaled and it would probably feel more like Pitch Black than Chronicles,” he said. “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. So was it really a creature feature? It had the hallmarks of it, the trappings of a creature movie, but it also had pretty good characters.”
It should be pointed out that the neither the sequel nor the third film are absolute givens to go ahead. A number of wheels still have to turn.
Nevertheless, the sequel to Chronicles of Riddick is tentatively scheduled for a 2012 release.