In the year 2000, along came an Alien-esque horror/sci-fi called Pitch Black. It featured a character called Riddick played by Vin Diesel, a convict who could see in the dark, and both the movie and the character proved popular enough that the studio greenlit writer/director David Twohy to make a follow-up film that was more epic in scope and scale, and The Chronicles of Riddick was released in 2004.
But that’s where the fairytale ends. Riddick bombed and Universal wanted no more from it other than maybe a couple of video game licenses, but that wasn’t the end of the franchise. A couple of years ago, Twohy and Diesel combined their resources to buy the rights to the franchise from Universal, and went into production on a third Riddick film, which is scheduled for release later this year.
But suppose for a minute that Chronicles of Riddick had been a smashing success, what would the follow-up might have looked like. Thanks to Comic Book Movie, that question was put to Twohy himself:
“Had Universal said to us, ‘Let’s roll over, let’s pick it up right at the end of the last movie’ and funded it, we would have ventured into the Necromonger underverse and we would have had a big The Lord of the Rings-style movie on our hands. But That didn’t happen, so cleverly Vin and I got the rights back and produced it ourselves on a smaller scale. That said, it still looks like a big movie. I think the audience will see the tip of the hat to Pitch Black, but they won’t feel claustrophobic.”
Twohy has previously talked about his original game plan in turning Pitch Black into The Hobbit basis for a Lord of the Rings-like Riddick trilogy. That’s almost a shame because I kind of like The Chronicles of Riddick and I would have like to have seen another big adventure in that universe. But perhaps the smaller in scale Riddick will suffice. I guess we’ll find out on September 6.