To no surprise, Chronicles of Riddick 3 was just confirmed a few days ago with its star Vin Diesel set to return in one of his career-defining franchises. At this point, the film’s tentative title is simply Riddick and it’s set to be distributed domestically by Universal and internationally by Lionsgate if things go according to plan.
And going according to plan is exactly what’s happening at this early stage. According to THR, the Riddick property is hot in demand and Lionsgate was able to get a bidding war happening in Russia for the rights to its distribution where the asking price has jumped up past $2.5 million for that country alone. This was after a late-night presentation to buyers that Diesel himself attended.
The most interesting part of the report however, are the details about the sequel’s plot that were revealed. If you’re interested, skip on ahead after the jump to check it out.
The following snippet is from The Hollywood Reporter’s latest report on Riddick which refers to a part where they feel the movie is “tailor-made” for the Russian market which is currently eating up sci-fi flicks:
“Riddick” delivers on both counts. Though billed as a back-to-basics approach to the character popularized by Diesel, the script features the character — the most wanted man in the galaxy — left for dead on a barren alien planet, dealing with “trisons” (three-legged bisons) and “mud demons.” He must then contend with two squads of bounty hunters, one of which ride rockets called jetcycles.
Barren alien planet with crazy aliens hearkens back to the plot of Pitch Black. As for the jetcycles, I’ll have to wait and see.
As I said above, the confirmation of Riddick’s return is of no surprise as Diesel has continuously expressed interest in making another film, especially during and after his involvement with a pair of well-received video games to go along with the franchise.
A year ago, leading up to the release of the game titled Assault on Dark Athena, Diesel revealed that David Twohy was working on the script and last summer we found out that Twohy had two versions of said script to pitch to the studios; a PG-13 one that studios would like and a more hardcore truer-to-the-character-and-story Rated-R version which Vin and Twohy want to stick to. They didn’t like having to make that concession when they did Chronicles of Riddick and this time they want to go back to the basics as they did with Pitch Black and make it properly without the need of an over-inflated budget.
Combine that with Diesel’s facebook message from early December about them scouting for shooting locations in New Zealand for the new Riddick movie, and we knew it was happening.
Twohy, if you’re unfamiliar with the name, co-wrote and directed both previous Riddick films and the more recent thriller, A Perfect Getaway. I’ve actually enjoyed all of these and I’ve not hid the fact that I’m excited to see another Riddick live-action feature film.
What do you think of the plot details for Riddick?
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