Saturday, February 13, 2010

Chronicles of Riddick

I recall thoroughly enjoying Pitch Black. For whatever reason I waited long after Chronicles of Riddick was on DVD before I got around to watching it. And when I did it was one of those purchases that you just go ahead and buy it kind of knowing you'll like it. I got it in the Riddick Trilogy package. It's a solid franchise as far as I'm concerned. Some of the details in Chronicles were over the top... ok, many. But I found it forgivable. The first film was the better of the two. I did like the anime, Dark Fury, as well. The Riddick universe fit Peter Chung's feel quite well next to Aeon Flux (better than the Matrix did, in my opinion). Its a universe I'd like to see more of. Like in an RPG setting or even more films.

Well, look at this!

Vin Diesel signs up for another 'Riddick'
Thesp will also produce third installment for Universal
Vin Diesel is going back to the future to topline and produce a third chapter in the "Chronicles of Riddick" franchise.
Universal will handle domestic distribution on the sci-fi film, which is titled "Riddick." Lionsgate is selling international rights at the Berlin Film Festival.
David Twohy -- who wrote and directed the first two films in the series, "Pitch Black" and "The Chronicles of Riddick" -- will helm from a screenplay he penned.
Plot details are being kept under wraps. But insiders say the third outing will hew closer in tone to the cult hit "Pitch Black" and will focus on the character of Riddick as opposed to the universe he inhabits, which was the case with the critically panned "Chronicles of Riddick." Still, "Chronicles of Riddick" earned $116 million worldwide and spawned a successful vidgame series.
Dates are being worked out for "Riddick" so as not to overlap with Universal's fifth installment of "Fast and Furious," which will shoot sometime this year with Diesel onboard to star and produce.
Diesel and Samantha Vincent are producing "Riddick" through their One Race Films banner. Radar Films' Ted Fields is also producing.
Twohy most recently wrote and directed "A Perfect Getaway." 

I think when you have the talent on board with the producing it usually turns out for the better. We'll see. I will be watching this one.
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