When we last saw Riddick in The Chronicles of Riddick the titular character was in quite the position of power, with the Necromongers kneeling before him. Wonder what happened between then and now, as the new film in the series, simply titled Riddick, shows the man down and out, being plagued by mercenaries yet again.
Vin Diesel has high hopes for the performance of the latest installment, and he better if he want to continue to tell Riddick’s story. And it seems like he does, based on the actor’s thoughts:
“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.”
For the uninitiated, Furya is Riddick’s warrior home world planet of which he may be one of the few remaining descendants. Seems like a pretty logical path to take given what’s been laid out in the Chronicles of Riddick universe so far, and Diesel is so enthusiastic about this possible filmic chain of events that he has asked Karl Urban, who plays Lord Siberius Vaako, back for reshoots to further support these plans.
The question remains: will Riddick perform well enough at the box office to guarantee future sequels? To be honest, this Renegade Reporter has seen the previews a few times, on screens big and small, and it seems to me that Riddick is cut from the same cloth as Pitch Black. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but if others perceive this as nothing more than a Pitch Black rehash, it may mean less ticket sales. The new film is also rated R, which can further lead to diminished box office returns. We’ll have to keep our eyes on the performance of Riddick to determine the possibility of Furya being realized on screen. The film is set for release on September 6 and also starts Katee Sackhoff and Dave Batista (of WWE fame; wonder if he’ll come back to reboot Evolution with Randy Orton and Triple H given the events of last weekend’s SummerSlam?).
Source: Screen Rantby