‘Riddick’ director David Twohy talks the R-rating, making the film with Vin Diesel and new details
In the year 2000, along came an Alien-esque horror/sci-fi called Pitch Black. It featured a character called Riddick played by Vin Diesel, a convict who could see in the dark, and both the movie and the character proved popular enough that the studio greenlit writer/director David Twohy to make a follow-up film that was more epic in scope and scale, and The Chronicles of Riddick was released in 2004.
“Chroniclee was a box office failure, a couple of video game licenses and now Diesel will reprise the character in a new film helmed by Twohy who talked with Total Film about keeping the film R-rated.
“If you make it PG-13, then you have to make concessions, and that’s what happened on The Chronicles of Riddick where we had to downplay a lot of our action sequences and remove a lot of the blood. We found it was tying our hands, so we vowed not to do that.”
Getting the rights back to make the sequel, Twohy and Diesel have moved forward the new film “Riddick” which could have easily become a “Lord of the Rings” film.
“Vin and I got the rights back and produced it ourselves on a smaller scale. That said, it still looks like a big movie. I think the audience will see the tip of the hat to Pitch Black, but they won’t feel claustrophobic. ”
Dwohy discussed the character changes and “new powers” Riddick displays in the new film.
“The cryptic answer is a little of both. Sorry for being coy but I’, already projecting ahead to the theatrical cut versus the director’s cut and thinking about what I may re-include.”
Karl Urban co-stars with Diesel and Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Molla, Bokeem Woodbine, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Gerard Funk, Matt Nable, Keri Hilson, and Dave Bautista.
“Riddick” arrives in theaters on September 6, 2013.