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Richard B. Riddick. Escaped Convict. Murderer.

By TK Burton | Industry | December 3, 2009 |

By TK Burton | Industry | December 3, 2009 |

Ah, Facebook. Is there anything you can’t provide us with?

According to Vin Diesel’s (real name: Mark Sinclair Vincent. Weird.) Facebook page, location scouting for the next chapter in the Chronicles of Riddick saga have begun in New Zealand, and that David Twohy has finished the script. Interesting. The first entry, Pitch Black, is one of my favorite sci-fi B-movies, a tense little imaginative thriller that, yes, ripped off Aliens and a half-dozen other movies, but did so quite well. The cast was great, and the movie was fun.

The second was a flat-out disaster. I tried so very hard to like it, and I just can’t. Even the presence of Nick Chinlund as Toombs and Gwen Raiden (Alexa Davalos, to the non-“Angel” freaks), not to mention Judi Dench and Karl Urban, couldn’t salvage that mess of a story. What the hell will they do with the third one? Who knows. I know that Twohy was shooting for a new space opera with Chronicles, but he got bogged down in his own wackadoo mythology and ridiculous, overwrought dialogue. I’d like to see them move away from that entire ridiculous Necromonger bullshit, and maybe simplify a bit. Of course, now Riddick is some sort of superpowered Christ figure, so who the hell knows. I like Twohy a lot and he’s written some great stuff — Pitch Black, The Arrival, GI Jane, The Fugitive — and with features like Below and Pitch Black, he’s proven himself a capable director as well. I just think his ambition got the best of him. Hopefully he can find a way to salvage it.

(h/t to Dark Horizons)

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