“Riddick”, Vin Diesel and writer/director David Twohy’s third entry in the “Pitch Black” franchise, is once again on the run after the film’s Canada production was shut down due to money issues. It looks like the boys have found more money, and production has now started up again.
Today brings news that “Battlestar Galactica’s” Katee Sackhoff is officially in negotiations to play the female lead in “Riddick” (she was previously just rumored — yes, there is a difference), with Jordi Molla also in talks to play one of the villains.
Sackhoff, last seen on TV as the world’s most nonsensical CTU mole in the final season of “24”, will play a character name Dahl, a Nordic mercenary tracking the film’s fugitive hero, Riddick (played once again by Vin Diesel). Former “Bad Boys II” and “Colombiana” bad guy Molla, meanwhile, will be keeping that cinematic bad guy streak going and will play Santana, another mercenary who heads up an eight-man crew after the man who can see in the dark.
“Riddick” is supposed to be a direct sequel to the first two movies, with Riddick no longer in charge of that intergalactic underworld army he had taken over at the end of “The Chronicles of Riddick”. The idea is to bring the franchise back to its “Pitch Black” roots, with a smaller budget and more primal action, rather than the overblown, clunky action set pieces of “Chronicles”.
Twohy, who also wrote the script, is once again directing.