Synopsis, Concept Art, and Update on Chronicles of Riddick Sequel

For all you “Chronicles of Riddick” fans out there (or fans of “Pitch Black”, the first movie), here are some good news: star Vin Diesel and writer/director David Twohy are well on their way to making a third “Riddick” film, except it’s going to take a while. There’s the “Fast and Furious” franchise (“Fast Five”) in the near future for Diesel, so that has to be done first, but soon, or eventually, a third Riddick movie is coming. Cause dammit, Vin Diesel is determined to make it happen, and he strikes me as the type of guy who doesn’t give up.

We previously reported on a script review of the movie here. In short:

- Riddick loses the Necromonger army he got after killing Lord Marshall in the first “Chronicles of Riddick” early in the film. Vaako (Karl Urban) is back for “Stalking”, but along with the Necromongers, are gone by the first 15 minutes.

– Riddick is “back to basics” — the character and the franchise, with Riddick trying to survive on an alien planet filled with predator aliens while two ships full of badass mercs hunt him down. The first two acts of the movie is basically Riddick versus the aliens and mercs, much like “Pitch Black”.

– The sequel will be a hard R movie, with filthy language and bloody action.

– The movie sets up another sequel, with Riddick’s home planet of Furya expected to play an important part, along with a mystery woman who haunts his dreams.

Necromonger what? What the hell is a Vaako? Of course, like I said, you’d have to had seen “The Chronicles of Riddick” to get all of the above. If you haven’t seen “Chronicles” yet, I recommend it. It’s not classic sci-fi, but it is a pretty good sci-fi actioner with some nifty ideas and action scenes. The movie’s biggest problem was itself — it was too ambitious, and wanted to be too epic, that at times it got really clunky. But a decent watch if you never caught it when it first came around in 2004.

Recently via his Facebook account, Vin Diesel even released this early artwork from “Riddick 3″:

And now, via ShockTilYouDrop, here’s the official synopsis for “Riddick 3: Dead Man Stalking” (though apparently the simple title “Riddick” is also in the mix):

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.

That sounds very much like the script review mentioned further up, so it definitely jives.

So when can you expect “Riddick 3″? Not until Diesel wraps “Fast Five” and, probably, a third “xXx” movie (though the second for Diesel, Ice Cube having replaced him in the second movie).

Sooner or later, though, it will happen. The best news for Riddick fans is that the last “Fast and Furious” did so well, because it made Diesel relevant again. In Hollywood, you’re only as hot as your last movie, and Diesel had lost a hell of a lot of heat since “Pitch Black” in 2000 until “Fast & Furious” burned rubber into theaters.

'Chronicles' had its moments. Alexa Davalos kicking ass was one of them.