will be punching all sorts of creatures in their various faces when Riddick lands in theaters next month, but this won't be the last cinematic outing for the badass mercenary. Diesel and director are hoping that the movie will be the launchpad for more adventures of the hairless antihero and while Riddick is seen as standalone film, the franchise will draw on some of the mythology first touched upon in The Chronicles of Riddick.
Here's what Twohy had to say to SFX:
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. 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.
More Karl Urban = more awesome!
Diesel already has a vision for the future direction of the franchise, revealing:
You’ve got to go to the Underverse. 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.
Furya is Riddick's home planet, while the Underverse is the mythological Valhalla for the Necromongers. You want to read something cool? Here's the recruitment speech to give you a little background to this dark place:
In this verse... Life is antagonistic to the natural state, here humans in all their various races are a spontaneous outbreak, an unguided mistake. Our purpose is to correct that mistake, because there is another verse. A verse where life is welcome, cherished, a ravishing evernew place called Underverse. But the road to that verse crosses over the threshold.
Where is it exactly and can I get the bus there?
Are you excited about exploring Furya and the Underverse in future installments of the Riddick franchise?