Vin Diesel and David Twohy to Finally Make 3rd CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK

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It turns out that Vin Diesel is no longer full of shit.  After many years of what seemed like manufactured buzz from the actor to keep his fans interested, Variety now reports that Diesel and writer/director David Twohy will finally make the third installment in the Chronicles of Riddick franchise.  Diesel has continued to keep hope alive in a sequel ever since the cliffhanger ending of 2003′s The Chronicles of Riddick.  Despite the lackluster box office of part two, the film did manage to gross $116 million worldwide and spawn two successful videogames (Escape from Butcher Bay and Assault on Dark Athena) Universal has decided to finally give the greenlight to telling the next chapter in the tale of the eye-shinin’ anti-hero.

Hit the jump for details on the project and speculation on why it’s finally come to life.

The script, written by Twohy who will also return to direct, is being kept under wraps but, “insiders say the third outing will hew closer in tone to the cult hit Pitch Black and will focus on the character of Riddick as opposed to the universe he inhabits.”  Translation: They’re going to make this film cheap.  Not necessarily cheap-looking, but closer to the $23 million budget of Pitch Black as opposed to Chronicles $105 million budget.  I have no problem with this since the bigger budget softened the character up to a PG-13 rating and watered down his bad ass attitude and anti-hero reputation.  If a meaner, leaner Riddick means we have to sacrifice prison planets and “Necromongers,” I’ll make that deal.

Variety also notes that Universal is working out the dates to make sure that Riddick 3 and Fast and Furious (aka The Fast and the Furious 5) don’t overlap.  Hopefully this means that Riddick 3 will shoot this year as well and like Fast and Furious we’ll be seeing it in 2011.  It’s also worth noting that Diesel may have only agreed to do Fast and Furious if Universal agreed to finally make the third Riddick film.

No matter the reasons, I’m just happy we’re getting to see Riddick tear shit up again (hopefully in a nasty R-rated fasion) and that we no longer have to say that Vin Diesel is a full of shit.

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  • http://twitter.com/cablebfg Bill Graham

    ha. Nice Matt. I enjoyed Pitch Black quite a bit. It was surprisingly good in so many ways, including the creatures and Vin Diesel being a total BA. The second wasn't nearly as fun, and I forgot it was PG-13.

    If they stick closer to the original, I will be very pleased.

  • Corin Prendiville

    To be honest I really only care for Pitch Black. The second one kind of blew, but for an action flick purely it wasn't all THAT bad. I hope this one is better than Chronicles though. They should get him in on another xXx movie with that girl from the first one, that could be cool. Of course I think they killed him off with that dumb sequel/reboot State of the Union.

  • http://www.genreaddict.com/ Darren Albert

    I'm one of the seemingly few who liked the second movie more than Pitch Black. I liked the epic nature of it. Looking forward to the third one.

  • Oron Zchut

    Cool. I liked Pitch Black and Chronicles was also decent. Another should be fun, even if its closer in quality to the second rather than the first.

  • zooni

    I loved the second movie. The Necros could be expanded more.

  • jowl

    Pitch Black= just a great scifi film. Not too serious, not corny. If they truly want to make a good film, ditch the universe sweeping crap and get back to Pitch Black Riddick. Hell, they could just make an Escape from Butcher Bay movie and it would be great.

  • quiktripper

    Awesome! I liked both movies- but im not afraid to admit i like the 2nd one better. It was so epic…

  • ivan

    Good news indeed. Liked both of the first movies, If I had to decide, then I will say that the second was a bit better because of the lava planet and the necro army. This time Riddick won't be protecting some girl or saving a planet…so this time Im expecting an even darker movie.

  • careybun

    Its about time!! I love Vin and the Riddick stories. Only Vin can do them justice. I can't wait for the movie to come out.

  • Ruiner

    Look both films were far from classics, but I still had fun watching them. This might sounds stupid but Vin Diesel managed to cause my opinion of him to do a 180. The quality videogames made didn't hurt either.

  • tomrice

    pitch black rocked tooth fairy what was vin thinking!!!! great to hear hes doing some serious work again in the new/next scorcese gangster movie which begins filming next year being cast with dicaprio de niro and day lewis and working with marty on the genre he knws best will surely bring the best out of vin cant wait!

  • tomrice

    pitch black rocked tooth fairy what was vin thinking!!!! great to hear hes doing some serious work again in the new/next scorcese gangster movie which begins filming next year being cast with dicaprio de niro and day lewis and working with marty on the genre he knws best will surely bring the best out of vin cant wait!

  • zscorpianblaxz

    Pitch black–hott, raw, and the fewer the lines the better for vin diesel as an actor. really liked how deadly he was with the knife. PB2….sucked, blew, and was awful. Im not so sure how they can get back to form with this franchise unless its a precisely executed prequel. I dunnow bout dis waahn maiiin’…

  • zscorpianblaxz

    Pitch black–hott, raw, and the fewer the lines the better for vin diesel as an actor. really liked how deadly he was with the knife. PB2….sucked, blew, and was awful. Im not so sure how they can get back to form with this franchise unless its a precisely executed prequel. I dunnow bout dis waahn maiiin’…

  • Fooly

    is there really? i hope so

  • Fooly

    is there really? i hope so

  • Jjjsj

    Chronicles is by far the best movie of them.. one of my favourite sci fi movies… they should keep to the story that was told here, and not only focus on one character..

  • felix

    Cant wait to see it, Pitch Black and Chronicles crept up on me. Ignored them at first, now, I watch them every chance I get.

    Made my day when Riddick said “I bow to no man.” in Chronicles.

    I admit the two movies are not every ones favorite pick, but you have to acquire a taste for the screenplay. And much better than Starship Troopers.

    Will return and post another comment after seeing the 3rd movie!

  • radament

    comparing to pitch black, the chronicles takes 3 of 10 points, riddick becomes a soft stupid character in the chronicles, we liked pitch black because of the criminal mind and tough character of riddick, who also still have some unrevealed humanity, using some hidden religious believes from the islamic culture was great, riddick was the character who does not fit in any rule, and cant be controlled by any other human, as felix said “I bow to no man.”

  • Sio

    David, God of Wars with Vin.

  • Glenesea Smith

    When is the other Chronicles of Riddick coming out ?

    Do you do business through explore talent.com

    I was claimed to be offered a role

  • dave

    Not only was the second film THE CHRONICLES RIDDICK – DIRECTORS CUT a far greater movie than the very great PITCH BLACK, it had a fantastic story, was beautifully shot and re-edited for the full story which never should have been cut down in the first place, AND…..VIN DIESEL WAS NEVER FULL OF SHIT!!! Though I think you are for saying so….your article and point of view is also out of synch with the die hard fans of the second cut of the second film as to sadly pathetic and again shows that once some turd geek gets a reputation as a critic he lets his tiny dick get in the way of giving an accurate rating to a great film!….How else does it make over 100 million post theatrical release (as it was released at a bad time against 2 blockbusters)?! They should follow up on the Necros adage WHAT YOU WIN YOU KEEP and let him wipe those suckers out of the universe for eradicating his brothers! Perhaps he’ll also get a moment to kick your dumb ass all over your mom’s basement!

  • Immy Taylor

    Hurray! I can’t tell you how happy this makes me! I loved the previous movies, the second one more then the first and to know that a third is in the making is like a dream come true!
    I just hope the Necromongers are still in it, seeing as Riddick became their leader in the second movie.

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