SFX239 Preview: Vin Diesel On The Future Of Riddick

There’s a major feature on Riddick in the upcoming issue of SFX (#239, on sale Wednesday) in which we talk exclusively to star Vin Diesel and writer/director David Twohy. The pair reveal that Chronicles Of Riddick was intended to be the first in a trilogy (“Think of Pitch Black as The Hobbit to The Lord Of The Rings,” says Diesel) that dealt with the mythology of the necromongers, the Underverse and Riddick’s fabled homeworld, Furya, and that Riddick isn’t the planned second part of that trilogy. After Chronicles’ disappointing box office, they’e refined their plans but haven’t given up on Plan A completely:

“At its core [Riddick] is a survival story about one man, and his only way to get off this planet is to call in the mercenaries for a ride,” Twohy tells us. “That said, we don’t turn our backs on the mythology that we planted in the last movie, and we are actually bringing Karl [Urban] back for a  few days of filming
to advance it and lay the groundwork for movie four. We’re concerned with paying off the loyal fans and think that if somebody doesn’t understand something the solution is to look at the other two movies and get up to speed. It does play in a gratifying way as a standalone movie, but there are threads that we continue to sew that we started in previous movies and will continue in future movies.”

So, what will future films deal with?

“You’ve got to go to the Underverse,” says Diesel. “It’s expected, it’s something I firmly believe. You’ll have to go through the Underverse to get to Furya. So, those are the two further stories that are mapped out. The Underverse is a much more costly venture. We went this direction, trying to do an R-rated movie, which is cool and even more interesting because it’s so unexpected. But yes, you will be at the Underverse and you will be at Furya sooner or later.”

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SFX239 is on sale on Wednesday 21 August