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“Pitch Black” and “Chronicles of Riddick” director and writer David Twohy has blogged about a possible summer start up date for the third installment of the sci-fi action series featuring actor Vin Diesel.  Here is what he wrote.“The hurdles seem to be dropping.  The final turn is being rounded.  The finish line (actually a starting line) seems closer than ever.

Of course, there are no guarantees in this mad endeavor called “filmmaking,” a pursuit that is a pricey shotgun marriage between business and art.  But we’ve reached a critical mass of enthusiasm and resource needed to launch a movie.  If we go now, we can make it now.  If we don’t, we may never.  And trust me; we’re all keenly aware of that.

Yeah, I had some good face-time with Vin in NYC.  We talked at length about where we go from here – about how to travel to all the places in the RIDDICK universe that needed travelling to – and we think we now have the Master Map.  We’ll keep it tucked tightly in our breast pocket for now, but it’s enough to say that, if we can pull it all off, you’ll have spent a good 15 years with us.

But Vin will be the driving force behind this next movie; I’m merely the writer-director.  Am I being facetious?  Kinda.  But kinda not, too:  It’s Vin and the concessions he chooses to make that will allow this movie to go forward.  And his love of the character, of course.  So if you, too, have a soft spot for this hardened criminal, you might want to weigh in over at that giant-ass Facebook page he’s got.  Me?  I’m still part of the Facebook Resistance.

I do get your emails of encouragement from seemingly all corners of the world.  (Last week, Lithuania was heard from.  I had to use Google Maps.)  I can’t always respond, but I do read just about everything that comes in.  And I’m always quietly startled by the reach my films have – by how raw imagination allied with damn hard work can result in a product that travels the globe and excites the phosphors of so many screens as it excites the imaginations of so many who watch.
Above is a piece of art I did for Vin to help him see some of the visuals I carry around in my head night and day.  Titled “Fifth Horseman,” it’s a tableau from the next movie.”

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From reports, the third Riddick film will be closer in mood and tone of the introductory “Pitch Black” film.  Anti-hero Richard B. Riddick will be the focal point of the third film instead of a player in a larger universe.  Here is the storyline of the film.

“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.”

Fans have been waiting patiently to this follow-up of the 2004 “Chronicles of Riddick” film.  It would be nice to delve into the background of everyone’s favorite Furyan.  As mentioned before, Riddick is a true anti-hero with the ability to let everyone around him (human or alien) get the punishment they deserve.  With a quick wit and phantom like reflexes, it will certainly be interesting to see how he turns the tables on his foes and brings them down.

An important detail Diesel recently divulged is that he might have to cut his salary and work for scale in order for the Riddick film to be produced.  If he loves the Riddick character and franchise as much as he has boasted, then this should not be an obstacle for him.  He understands the fans want to see more of Riddick and how he matters in the scheme of the universe.

Currently in pre-production, “The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking” will hit theaters sometime in 2012.  The film will star Vin Diesel, Joel William Gonzales, and Karl Urban.  Ken Wheat, David Twohy, and Jim Wheat wrote the screenplay.  David Twohy will direct.

Sources: David Twohy, Bloody Disgusting, IMDb

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