Thanks to Empire online for tipping us off on this one. David Twohy, director of The Chronicles of Riddick and Pitch Black, posted on his official website that Riddick, the villain turned hero with the silver eyes, may be returning to the big screen.
“Okay, okay, now on to the really important stuff like ‘What the f*** is happening with RIDDICK?’ All I can say now is ‘We’re talking about it.’”
Twohy goes on to say that with a greatly reduced budget, the possibility of a new Riddick chapter becomes more likely, especially as “PITCH BLACK was $22 million all in”, just showing you that you can make a really great installment with a tight belt.
Interest in Riddick died out after the last chapter, The Chronicles of Riddick hit cinemas with a disappointing thud instead of a brilliant bang. A movie trying so hard to kick start a franchise, the action filled, albeit slightly wooden, romp in Riddick’s world wasn’t as popular as expected, and the large budget and small returns meant that the studios won’t be queuing to pick up a new feature revolving around him. With Twohy set to tell his story about The UnderVerse (guess what that is!), I think they’re being very narrow minded. This movie could really appeal to those who want a little escapism and fantasy in a dark way, rather than the bright and shiny children’s fare that’s hitting the screens at the moment, and definitely far from anything to do with the Iraq war (poor Lions for Lambs). Perhaps it’s time for Riddick to hit the screens again, with more of a Pitch Black feel than the Chronicles this time.