It's been a while since there have been any rumblings about the upcoming Riddick 3, the next sequel in the Pitch Black franchise. Well, the movie's finally headed in front of the cameras after months, even years, of teasing (sometimes whining) from the film's star Vin Diesel.
Because now he is poised once again to play the intergalactic antihero—but this time in a Dark Knight Rises full-circle kind of way.
Everyone wants to follow the leader in Hollywood these days. If someone creates a show like Lost, they immediately want nine shows similar to it. Someone redoes Batman and suddenly superhero films need to be dark and grim realities. Riddick 3 finds that the Dark Knight Rises approach to full-circle storytelling is the best way to bring the franchise new light.
According to Moviehole's spoiler-filled casting report for new characters, the script is "tighter, more intimate and suspenseful than the previous film." Riddick 3 director David Twohy sought to create a compelling story by including the monsters and mercenaries that made the franchise popular, but also through the characters. Based on what we know about The Dark Knight Rises, it seems that film will do the same thing concerning the Ra's al Ghul storyline and the League of Shadows from Batman Begins.
Don't think that this movie won't try to add in things from the last film, though, because it isn't ignoring the fact that those events happened, even though many of us might. Apparently, Twohy is using the flashbacks in his narrative to explain events left over from Chronicles of Riddick.
Riddick's flashback scene will contain information on the royalty that he received at the end of Chronicles. There is even a scene that could return Karl Urban briefly to the franchise, as he is Riddick's right-hand man.
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"Riddick's reluctant right-hand man and necro Vaako (Karl Urban's character from the previous film; Urban will likely do it since the character is only in it for a short while) agrees to drop Riddick off at his home, Furya. One thing leads to another and, much like the first film, Riddick finds himself stranded on a monster-infested planet. Instead of it leading to a rescue mission, his distress beacon catches the attention of a couple of merc teams (it would seem Vaako had dispatched them to kill Riddick while he's isolated; not entirely true) who go after him with ill intentions. One of the teams is lead by someone connected to an old enemy ... someone from Pitch Black."
The spoilers reveal that there is not going to be any mention of Furya or the Underverse that was such a big plot point in the last movie. Though the site reports there may be a flashback to a young Riddick, they were not sure. There are new characters in the film, though, and the casting report reveals that they will be: Boss Johns, Santana, the sexy female merc Dahl and the smug commander Krone. All of which sound like pretty fun names, and who doesn't want a sexy chick on a monster-infested planet? It seems their roles in the movie play a lot into this full-circle storyline, specifically the "Boss Johns" character, and this is where you get your connection to the original film.
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"Someone with the surname 'Johns'. Boss Johns and subordinate Santana ultimately get their hands on Riddick and shackle him up where they plan on torturing (Santana, with his machete) and killing him. But before then, Boss Johns wants answers - mostly, he wants to know what really happened to his son - William J. Johns (Cole Hauser in Pitch Black), who, with his prisoner Riddick, crash landed on an alien planet and (unlike Riddick) didn't return. Knowing Boss Johns will never believe what happened to his son (indistinguishable monsters), Riddick snaps back with a cheeky retort involving [fellatio]."
This movie sounds interesting, and hopefully the spoilers haven't ruined anything yet. After the disappointment with the last film, this movie sounds like the sequel we should have gotten.
Do these new plot details for Riddick 3 get you excited about another Pitch Black story?