The upcoming issue of SFX features an interview with and Riddick writer/director . The talented twosome have revealed that Chronicles of Riddick was supposed to be the first installment in a trilogy ("Think of Pitch Black as The Hobbit to The Lord of the Rings," says Diesel) and that Riddick isn't the 'planned second part of that trilogy'.
Luckily, Twohy seems like a resourceful fella, and he's come up with a Plan B:
"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."
What will their 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."
Exciting stuff! What do you think of Vin Diesel and Twohy's plan? Let me know below.