I was under the impression that the third Riddick film would try to put as much distance between it and The Chronicles of Riddick as possible. Whenever Vin Diesel brings up the new sequel, he always mentions Pitch Black and not the PG-13 flop that had him and director David Twohy scrapping to get an R-rated third installment off the ground. But Bloody-Disgusting reports that Karl Urban, who played the disgraced “Lord Vakko” in Chronicles, will be returning for the third movie. While we’ve been calling the upcoming film “Riddick” and all the concept art is labeled “Riddick“, BD refers to the movie with its older title, The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking, so maybe that’s being used again? (I hope not. Unless you’re a Naked Gun movie, your title should not be a play on words).
There’s no word yet on how Vakko will factor into the plot but you can hit the jump for the official synopsis. Urban will next be seen playing the title character in the new adaptation of Judge Dredd, Dredd.
Here’s the official synopsis for Riddick:
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.