I remember thinking before The Chronicles of Riddick came out that David Twohy was on a course to become another science fiction visionary, not unlike Ridley Scott or James Cameron. It looked like a big budget, galaxy sweeping actioner, but more importantly it looked like Twohy was doing something Hollywood so rarely does: world building. It was clear his agenda with Chronicles was to transplant a character from Pitch Black, which is essentially just a creature feature, into an entire universe in which that character made sense, a universe that promised different races and different colonies on different planets. And if there is one thing big budget Hollywood is wary towards, it's difference.

Studios like a real world anchor for their tent poles and The Chronicles of Riddick had lava planets and an intergalactic cult. That's not as marketable as, say, Xbox 360s turning into killer robots or Iron Man eating a Burger King Whopper at a press conference. Which is a pitfall David Twohy seems to be acknowledging these days. Rumors of a new Riddick film / the delivery of the once planned third Riddick film, started months ago when Vin Diesel made Universal a silo of cash with Fast and Furious, but what that might entail was hazy until now. In an interview at ShockTillYouDrop.com promoting his new thriller A Perfect Getaway, Twohy acknowledged the restraints Chronicles faced, both on the creative side (Regarding the PG-13 rating, "That's one of the concessions we thought we made with 'Riddick' that we shouldn't have made,") and on the studio side ("We also spent too much money and we were too ambitious"). While there is no commitment from Universal, who owns the rights to Twohy's characters, at this point, that's not stopping the director from ruminating on what a new Riddick adventure would be like, "if we do go back to a third one, it will be focused again, hopefully again the same way that 'Pitch Black' was, and we'll spend less money doing it. We're just trying to figure out how much less we can do it for, because I don't think Vin is going to work for scale again."

So there you have it, David Twohy would love to return to the franchise he created with Vin Diesel, but nothing is set in stone. At least he seems to have learned his lesson on going big with Chronicles and would rather just go home with Riddick than let a studio and budget decide things for him. But that's all hypothetical at this point. In the mean time, the next step for Twohy is looking like a Ridley Scott produced genre-hybrid called Crying Havoc, which involves technology, international spies and at least one demon from hell. Bet ya' didn't see that last part coming.
categories Movies, Sci-Fi