*Note: Ranty nerd commentary in the intro. For direct Riddick news skip to the middle.
Fuckin’ Riddick. Look, I can commend Vin Diesel and the creatives behind the Riddick franchise for creating a big budget cinematic mythos out of scratch, but the last flick, Chronicles of Riddick, was a muddy, convoluted story revolving around Diesel’s cool-guy poses and one-liners. It vainly attempted to elevate Riddick into a mythological hero, but failed miserably. Sorry, I just didn’t dig it. However, I did love the shit out of Pitch Black (the first flick in the series). It was smart and suspenseful sci-fi; working on fundamental fear of the dark, fear of helplessness, fear of the unknown, and fear of unpredictable human behavior. Chronicles completely went the way of “meh”.
Now, a third flick is in the works and it seems to be am amalgamation of the first two movies. Up until this point the only stuff we’ve had to go off of is some concept art like the one above, and the following short synopsis…
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.
Thanks to Moviehole, who got their hands on a script for the film, we have some more details to feed into.
The film will be a direct sequel to Pitch Black, but at the same time takes place after the event in The Chronicles of Riddick. Huh? Read this, it will make sense. Maybe.
Riddick is a direct sequel to Pitch Black – the events tie into that film. In much the same way the upcoming Dark Knight Rises will tie up any loose threads and plot points from Batman Begins, Riddick will return to the mystery and monsters at the centre of Pitch Black.
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Here’s the description of the opening moments of the screenplay:
We meet LORD MARSHAL Riddick. Nobody much likes that Riddick’s royalty now (he loves it; he gets to screw hot chicks) – as evident by the assassins that try and take him out at any and every opportunity – especially the necromancers, who are dead against the anointment of a furyan as a leader.
In exchange for the title, Riddick’s reluctant right-hand man and necro Vaako (Karl Urban’s character from the previous film; Urban will likely do it since the character is only in it for a short while) agrees to drop Riddick off at his home, Furya.
One thing leads to another and, much like the first film, Riddick finds himself stranded on a monster-infested planet. Instead of it leading to a rescue mission, his distress beacon catches the attention of a couple of merc teams (it would seem Vaako had dispatched them to kill Riddick while he’s isolated; not entirely true) who go after him with ill intentions.
One of the teams is lead by someone connected to an old enemy… someone from ”Pitch Black”.
Here’s what Moviehole had to say about the script:
In a nutshell, the movie sees Riddick back on a barren planet, surrounded by monsters and mercenaries – both species who want him dead and vice versa. Though there’s a couple of potential cameos from previous Riddick movie faves, it’s mostly fresh blood this time surrounding the big guy. And speaking of fresh, the character seems to have gotten a welcome, kick-ass overhaul….he’s more brutal, bad-ass and virile (as some may say) than he was in the previous films.