Die archivierten Nachrichten aus der Rubrik "Aktuelles"...
Auf Facebook hat Vin Diesel Concept-Art veröffentlicht...
"Riddick," the third entry in the sci-fi series that began with 2000's Vin Diesel starrer "Pitch Black" and one of the most sought-after titles at EFM, has been picked by Central Partnership for Russia.
Lionsgate is handling international sales, and the asking price for Russia was $2.2 million. But reflecting how in demand the title is and a reawakening of the presales market, a bidding war erupted among Russia's major distributors, with the final price going above $2.5 million.
The project was unveiled to buyers at a nighttime presentation Saturday with Diesel present.
While some buyers have noted the prices for "Riddick" are high, it feels tailor-made for the Russian market, which is big on high-flying action and sci-fi epics.
"Riddick" delivers on both counts. Though billed as a back-to-basics approach to the character popularized by Diesel, the script features the character -- the most wanted man in the galaxy -- left for dead on a barren alien planet, dealing with "trisons" (three-legged bisons) and "mud demons." He must then contend with two squads of bounty hunters, one of which ride rockets called jetcycles.
Vin Diesel is going back to the future to topline and produce a third chapter in the "Chronicles of Riddick" franchise.
Universal will handle domestic distribution on the sci-fi film, which is titled "Riddick." Lionsgate is selling international rights at the Berlin Film Festival.
David Twohy -- who wrote and directed the first two films in the series, "Pitch Black" and "The Chronicles of Riddick" -- will helm from a screenplay he penned.
Plot details are being kept under wraps. But insiders say the third outing will hew closer in tone to the cult hit "Pitch Black" and will focus on the character of Riddick as opposed to the universe he inhabits, which was the case with the critically panned "Chronicles of Riddick." Still, "Chronicles of Riddick" earned $116 million worldwide and spawned a successful vidgame series.
Dates are being worked out for "Riddick" so as not to overlap with Universal's fifth installment of "Fast and Furious," which will shoot sometime this year with Diesel onboard to star and produce.
Diesel and Samantha Vincent are producing "Riddick" through their One Race Films banner. Radar Films' Ted Fields is also producing. [...]
Vin Diesel has announced on his Facebook page that location scouting has already begun in New Zealand for a new installment in the "Chronicles of Riddick" franchise, for which director David Twohy has finished the script. [...]
Auf Facebook schreibt Vin Diesel über die Fortsetzungen der "Riddick"-Saga...
The Riddick discussion is about rating now...
Though Hollywood likes their PG Ratings, the next chapter in the COR series was always envisioned as an R rating, like Pitch Black...
One Studio exec suggested doing both "The Underverse" and "The Furyan", (working titles) at the same time, allowing us an R rating for the first and a PG rating for the second.
The good news- David Twohy’s script comes in next month. [...]
STYD sprach mit David Twohy über die Fortsetzung der "Riddick"-Saga...
[...] "I've sketched out two ideas for the next installment," he told us during the exclusive interview. "Vin and I have decided on one approach of those two, and there's some interest at the studio level but it would be as a PG-13 film, and we don't want to do that anymore. That's one of the concessions we thought we made with 'Riddick' that we shouldn't have made. We also spent too much money and we were too ambitions, so yes, 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."
"The third movie would be more modestly-scaled and it would probably feel more like 'Pitch Black' then 'Chronicles'," he continued. "It will always be Riddick-centric. If the question is whether it will be more like the first one than the second one, the difference is that yeah, you can sell it on its creatures and say 'This is a creature fest and we're going to go out as us vs. the creatures' but that's like a lot of different movies. However, the hallmark of a good movie, and I think 'Pitch Black' is a good movie, is that even if you took the creatures out of the picture, you'd still have some pretty interesting character dynamics going on within that group, and it's almost like you can tell the same story without the creature or substitute some other external pressure on the group, because there were internal pressures as well that were interesting. So was it really a creature feature? It had the hallmarks of it, the trappings of a creature movie, but it also had pretty good characters." [...]
Bei GameTrailers.com gibt es neues Videomaterial zu "The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena" für PS3...
[...] Diesel's Riddick is a badass and is coming back to the big screen shortly in the next Riddick film with a rumored production start date of early 2010. [...]
Universal Pictures, the studio behind the franchise, is gung-ho about a Riddick sequel due to the huge tracking of Diesel's FAST & FURIOUS due out April 3 co-starring Paul Walker.
IESB is hearing the new Riddick film will be more down and dirty with less "fantasy epic stuff" to deal with. A bounty hunter/space pirate type of story line is expected.
The film will have a capped budget of around $35 million.
Expect an official announcement about the new film after FAST & FURIOUS opens big on April 3. [...]
Latino Review sprach mit Vin Diesel...
[...] The third Riddick, you've been talking about that being a Ramboesque, bare bones smaller scale Riddick. Would that close the trilogy? Or are you planning a third Riddick after that?
Vin: I talked about Riddick as being The Fellowship in the Tolkien series. I was using Pitch Black as The Hobbit, as an independent story that introduces you to the world of Middle Earth, and then taking The Chronicles of Riddick and treating it as a trilogy that goes from the story that you saw, to the Underverse, and ultimately to Furia in the third film.
You said David is currently writing the third right now?
Vin: He's currently writing the third. It's hot. But to answer your question, about the scaled down aspect. Yes, there is a scaled down portion of this that goes back to the Pitch Black style. So if you think of Pitch Black as an introduction to the world, and you think of Lord of the Rings, and I'm just using this as a parallel, you think of it as a trilogy, you would think of Chronicles of Riddick as the first in a trilogy. [...]
GameSpot sprach mit Vin Diesel...
GS: [...] The current state of a third movie in the Riddick series seems a little uncertain to the casual fan right now. How does that affect the writing and story explored in the new Dark Athena content? Does it sort of give you guys more room to explore this fiction, or does that change anything about how you've approached this game?
VD: Good question. Maybe we're too tight-lipped about the next Chronicles of Riddick film, and I think circa the release of [Dark Athena] that's probably when you'll start hearing more about the next Riddick film. It is underway and I almost think it's a coincidence that we haven't heard anything, that there hasn't been a lot of public stuff on the Riddick movie.
GS: So it hasn't affected the way you've explored the story in Dark Athena at all, or at least the writing team on the game?
VD: No, one of the important things we did early on in the process was really, really, really try to get every developer, every person working, every graphics designer working on this game to understand the mythology of the film and the IP as a whole. So there were bibles being created that talked about what can exist in this universe and what can't exist in this universe. So I'm actually proud about the fact that everyone is a Chronicles of Riddick expert on the game side. I think that adds something special to the game, and it definitely alleviates any concerns about where the story goes in the game. Because I feel like they've all committed so much to the franchise that everything they do only enhances the universe.
But it's interesting that you've made that comment. Maybe we've been too tight-lipped about the movie, and you'll probably hear a lot more about it as this game is released. I think we were so adamant about knocking this game out of the park that we've been doing a lot of late hours--the overtime's on the game at the moment while [Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick screenwriter] David Twohy is finishing up the next script. [...]
Bei GamePlayUnlimited.com gibt es den neuen "Hunter"-Trailer zum "The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena"-Videospiel...
Wie Variety.com meldet, hat Atari die Rechte an der Veröffentlichung der "Riddick"-Videospiele übernommen...
[...] Vin Diesel told MTV News that he no longer thinks there will one day be a Riddick sequel.
He now thinks there will be two.
"David Twowy right now is writing the scripts. The only question is whether we take a page from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ guys and try to shoot the two chapters at the same time. There are two more in mind," he said of Riddick, the Furyan warrior first introduced in the 2000 film "Pitch Black." "‘The Chronicles of Riddick’ was presented as a three part trilogy that would answer ‘Pitch Black’ in the same way that ‘Lord of the Rings’ answered ‘The Hobbit.’"
Those are lofty goals indeed for a movie that was very poorly received when it opened in 2004, and had a mediocre performance at the domestic box-office (where it made just $57 million). Diesel, though, is undaunted, insisting that the long space between sequels has nothing to do with convincing others to get on board, and everything to do with wanting to get it right. (To be fair, "Riddick" performed well overseas, and also spawned a best-selling video game which many considered to be better than the movie.)
"Everyone knows I love the Riddick character and I’m always working on it," Diesel asserted. "It just takes five years to make another one because David Twohy and I are so precious about it."
So where will Riddick go next? After taking the throne of the Necromonger King at the end of the last chapter, is there any doubt?
"Sooner or later we all end up in the Underverse," he said of where we can expect the next chapter to take place, adding in a Riddick-like voice, "Sooner or later."
Der TV-Sender RTL II zeigt heute um 20.15 Uhr "Pitch Black - Planet der Finsternis"...
Unter DavidTwohy.com schreibt der Regisseur über seine zukünftigen Projekte...
[...] now on to the really important stuff like "What the f**k is happening with RIDDICK?" Yes, I get your emails demanding another movie; yes, I keep bumping into you guys in airports and at conventions and I take your pleas to heart. All I can say now is "We're talking about it." The DVD numbers were really good - we know that, and some potential financiers know that. But if another movie surfaces, it probably won't be a Universal movie and probably will be an independent movie. Which means we'll have to make it for substantially less than the last installment. But that's okay. PITCH BLACK was $22 million all in. Maybe it's time to go back to our roots - as we go on to The UnderVerse. [...]
Der TV-Sender RTL zeigt heute um 0.55 Uhr "Pitch Black - Planet der Finsternis"...
Der TV-Sender RTL zeigt heute um 22.45 Uhr "Riddick - Chroniken eines Kriegers" als deutsche Free-TV-Premiere... Die Wiederholung läuft um 2.50 Uhr...
Riddick fans, listen up. At an interview for Vin Diesel's up coming film Find me Guilty he reluctantly gave up some info about a possible sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick.
The ever so accommodating and entertaining Diesel was rather amusing and answered all of our questions without hesitation until I asked about "Riddick." Oops, guess I unknowingly touched a nerve. Sorry about that Vin. But, he was very gracious and finally talked about it but only after he put his head in hands and sighed for a couple of minutes.
"My God. You know, now that you said that... I haven't... Right before I did 'Riddick,' I would look in the mirror and I'd see two blue eyes staring back at me. So I haven't seen that for a while. [laughs] But it's coming. It took me five years to make 'The Chronicles of Riddick,' and [I'm] very precious about it. It went through many, many, many writers. Hopefully it won't take five years for the next one. But when I was in the process of creating this mythology for 'Chronicles of Riddick,' the idea was to create a story, a trilogy, that would start at the end of 'Pitch Black' in the same way that 'Lord of the Rings' is a trilogy that starts at the end, essentially, of 'The Hobbit.' So I wanted 'The Hobbit'... I wanted 'Pitch Black' to be 'The Hobbit' to 'The Chronicles of Riddick.' I wrote a storyline, essentially, that covered three pictures, so where Riddick goes in the next two pictures is already mapped out. It's not in script form, but it is being all developed, and it is going to surface when you least expect it."
It's been rumored that Diesel wants to buy back the rights to "The Chronicles of Riddick" from Universal so he can make the film his way. That question was also addressed.
"Who told you that? I'll kill 'em! Where is he,?" he joked. "Very interesting. Let's just say it sounds like a very interesting idea. [laughs] I will give it thought. I won't tell anyone... I won't credit you unless you want to be credited."
While it's not known when "Riddick 2" will be out, you can catch Vin Diesel in Find me Guilty, which hits theatres March 17th.
[...] After "Hannibal", he plans on returning to the science-fiction trilogy that he visited this past summer with "The Chronicles of Riddick." Of a potential second entry, Diesel says "Riddick? Well, you know that I've always had 'C2' planned. I'm silently -- and I shouldn't even say this -- I'm silently working on 'C2' with some of the outlines that were created when I first thought of doing the three films."
Bei Genre Online gibt es ein Interview mit David Twohy... Genre Online bietet auch eine Kritik zur "Unrated Director's Cut"-DVD...
[...] The additional fifteen minutes reedited into the film makes a huge difference as we get to learn more about the characters and see characters that were never even introduced in the theatrical cut. We also get a better understanding of the relationships between them too. As far as I’m concerned this is the way the film should be seen and anyone who felt iffy about the theatrical version should give the Director’s Cut a spin. This is a case where the bonus materials truly enhance the film and enrich the world for the viewers to enjoy. Since this is a review of a film that has not yet been released by Universal Studios Home Video and since not everyone even checked out the film when it opened in theaters this past June, I am limited in making any direct comments regarding the action and the changes between the theatrical version and the Unrated Director’s Cut because of spoilers, but my only caveat with regard to the Director’s Cut is while the film’s conclusion still packs a jolt, it is a bit abrupt and too dark for what is already a very dark film. I liked the irony of the way the theatrical version concluded better and I wish the theatrical version’s ending was offered among the deleted scenes section as an alternate ending especially since the deleted scenes are mostly alternate takes that were unused and reshot with what is now in both versions of the film to some extent. [...]
David Twohy schreibt...
[...] The Director’s Cut of RIDDICK is shipping right now, and I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out. Universal left me alone during the editing - after this one caveat: "No more visual effects!" Translation: "Don’t spend more money!" Unfortunately, I really wanted to reinclude the Shiráh character (played by Kristen Lehman), and she was always a visual effect. Rhythm and Hues was good enough to comp these shots gratis for me, and that’s how I managed to reinstate this important character - Riddick’s muse - back into the movie. [...]
Now Playing Magazine sprach mit David Twohy über mögliche "Riddick"-Sequels...
[...] "[Sequels are] still a possibility, but many eyes are watching this DVD release very closely," Twohy says, in reference to Universal’s number crunchers. "Remember that we were saying all along that we knew where the story goes from this point forward, but we hopefully didn’t have so much hubris to say that we were definitely making a trilogy out of this. What we were saying was, ‘We know what the macro arc is,’ and if we were fortunate enough to be successful in this one we knew where we would pick up in the next one. We had it in our minds and there are certain setups in The Chronicles of Riddick for future films, including the Shirah character who now appears in the [director’s cut DVD], a character who did not make it into the theatrical version at all."
The filmmaker explains that Shirah (played by Kristin Lehman) was dropped from the theatrical film very late in the process, but that she will figure prominently in any sequels.
"It was decided that character just brought a little more confusion than enlightenment to the theatrical cut and so we decided to pull her scenes out," he continues. "Basically, she belonged to the same race as Riddick and she helped shed light on his past. Why was he strangled at birth? Why did somebody try to murder him at birth? All that got put back into this DVD, so it’s a more layered experience."
The mythology of the Riddick universe will also be further fleshed out, should sequels be commissioned. And whether that happens or not would seem to depend entirely on how well the DVD sells in the next few weeks.
"We would talk a lot about the Underverse - this being the sort of collision of Heaven and Hell for the Necromonger empire - and what that all is, and we’d venture across it," Twohy says. "We know the Lord Marshal character gained some powers there by stepping in, having one foot in this land of the Necromonger dead. And he came back with this power of soul separation. So it’s a very interesting place, and thought to be a physical place, and if we had the opportunity to continue the story we would surely like to go there." [...]
Bei TREKNews.de gibt es ein 17-minütiges Videospecial zu "Riddick", inkl. Interview mit Vin Diesel...
Bei TREKNews.de gibt es ein interessantes Gewinnspiel...
Heute startet "Riddick" in den deutschen Kinos...
Empire Online liefert neue Infos zu den geplanten "Riddick"-Sequels... SPOILER !!!
[...] "From the very, very beginning, when everyone thought it was crazy, I was thinking of The Chronicles Of Riddick as a trilogy," said Diesel. "That would start with the movie you saw, and Pitch Black would act as a prequel that introduced you to the character. So in simple terms, in Chronicles 2 we venture to the Underverse. We knew we could get away with a PG-13 on the first one, but once you go to the Underverse it's rated R, because it's a place where war is the norm and there is constant, constant battling. Then on Chronicles 3 we will see Riddick return to Furia, to deal with the homeland."
Underverse? What is this Underverse? It is mentioned in the new film, but barely explained. So can writer /director David Twohy tell us more?
"We did a lot of talking in this film about the Underverse, and one way of talking about it is the promised land - that this leader of this new Necromonger faith has found. If you want to look at it more scientifically, scientists have this concept of multiverses - multiple universes, y'know. The idea is that this 'verse they talk about, this Underverse, is a parallel universe, and the door to that, the portal to that place, has been found by the Lord Marshal. And he is the one guy who has stepped across, and gazed upon its beauty and its power, and taken a little bit of it back with him. So there's much to be plundered there."
No sequel has been greenlit so far, but these two seem to have enough enthusiasm to make it all by themselves. Unfortunately, it's more likely to happen with $100 million and an expert CGI and design team. So if there's anyone out there with the GDP of a small country to spare, do contact Mr. Diesel or Mr. Twohy and get things moving.
Bei Moviehole gibt es eine Kritik... Und bei TREKNews.de gibt es ein interessantes Preisausschreiben, bei dem man Eintrittskarten für die Pressevorführung von "Riddick" gewinnen kann...
Bei TREKNews.de gibt es ein paar exklusive Szenenbilder...
Bei Blickpunkt:Film gibt es eine recht positive Kritik, die allerdings das Ende verrät !!!
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Harry Knowles...
[...] Twohy is a fine director - but the film shows its seams, Riddick and Kyra are so wonderful as characters that I couldn’t not not enjoy myself... but damn if I didn’t feel that had the film attempted less, it could have been so much more.
Bei AICN gibt es eine Kritik von Quint...
[...] The movie's not bad, most of the stuff with Riddick himself was really sweet... most of the acting was good, the effects were pretty good... But it wasn't everything it promised to be. [...]
Bei Latino Review gibt es ein weiteres "Riddick"-Poster... Und bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit Vin Diesel...
Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit Alexa Davalos...
Bei CS! gibt es ein Interview mit Karl Urban...
Bei CS! gibt es neue "Riddick"-Bilder... Und bei AICN gibt es eine positive Kritik von Moriarty...
[...] This is the kind of film that I always hope for when studios make giant SF films, but we so rarely actually get what we’re looking for.
Mark my words... RIDDICK is special. It’s the whole package, and if there really is extra character material to put back into the film on an eventual DVD release, all it can do is enhance the film. As it stands, it’s already complete, a wicked ride that never sacrifices integrity for fun. It eats its cake and has it, too, and the real winners here are us, the SF fans who finally have a franchise worth cheering about. [...]
Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere positive Kritik zu "Riddick"...
Bei AICN gibt es eine recht positive "Riddick"-Kritik...
Die SciFi-Website TREKNews.de präsentiert den deutschen "The Chronicles of Riddick" Trailer exklusiv online - zum Download in mehreren Formaten !!!
Bei AICN gibt es eine recht negative Kritik...
[...] I have heard from a great source working on the project that Universal is making wholesale cuts to the film to make it a popcorn summer action flick, and they are cutting the deep subtext that the film apparently had. From what I heard the film is now straight action and later this year we will get a DVD that is the theatrical cut and a short time after they are already prepping the directors cut with over 30 minutes of cut footage. These wholesale cuts are the direct result of poor test screenings where the audience was confused. Thank you NRG for reducing a plot driven summer action flick to typical fast food entertainment. Actually it is not NRG but just dumb people who are the cause...but it still bothers me.... Also a little off the subject I heard they have done some digital work to Judi Dench's face [...]
Bei CS! gibt es ein exklusives Interview mit Vin Diesel...
[...] Diesel talked in-depth about the Riddick character, bringing the mythology to life, the planned trilogy, the anticipated game, the spin-off TV series, and more. [...]
Bei CS! gibt es mehrere Szenenbilder aus "Riddick"...
Das Videospiel "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay" für die Xbox
scheint Hit-Potenzial zu haben... Zumindest, wenn man IGN Xbox bzw. RiddickGame.com
Glauben schenken kann...
[...] a genuine example of intelligent development and execution, from nearly every aspect -- presentation, gameplay, graphics, and sound. It's ambitious, and from what we can see, VU Games is indeed delivering. From the bottom up, this title is one of the elite examples of how to beat the crappy movie-license rap. [...]
Der neue "The Chronicles of Riddick" Trailer ist online !!! Und TheChroniclesOfRiddick.com bietet nun mehr als nur einen kleinen Vorgeschmack auf den Film...
Bei Bloody-Disgusting gibt es ein paar neue Bilder aus "Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury", sowie einen Werbeclip in div. Formaten (Benötigt Windows Media Player)...
Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere Kritik zu einer Testvorführung von "Riddick"...
[...] On the whole, the movie is dogged by uninteresting characters and an overly ambitious scope. Honestly though, with completed visual effects and judicious editing (there were some jarring moments, where the camera holds for perhaps twice as long as it should), it could be redeemed. I'd give it a 5.5 right now; serious tweaking could get it up to a 7.
Bei DVDAnswers.com gibt es detaillierte Infos zur DVD-Neuveröffentlichung von "Pitch Black": Die DVD mit dem neuen Titel "The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black" erscheint am 1. Juni 2004 - zumindest in den USA...
Bei DH gibt es ein paar neue Bilder aus dem animierten "Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury", welcher am 15. Juni 2004 - zumindest in den USA - auf DVD erscheinen wird...
Bei Latino Review gibt ein paar neue Bilder aus "Riddick", u.a. ein "The Chronicles of Riddick" Teaser-Poster...
Bei AICN gibt es eine weitere Vorab-Kritik zu "Riddick"...
Bei AICN gibt es Kritiken zu einer Test-Vorführung von "Riddick"...
Im UVDFC Message Board gibt es Scans aus dem franz. Magazin SCORE... Bei VinXperience gibt es Infos zu dem geplanten Spin-Off "Kyra"...
Variety reports that a new tv series were announced by Vin and David Twohy, featuring the adventures of Kyra, formerly known as Jack, the young female survivor from Pitch Black.
"Kyra," a spinoff of the Universal theatrical movie "Pitch Black" and its forthcoming $120 million sequel "Chronicles of Riddick," starring Diesel and written and directed by Twohy.
Hollywood Reporter adds that the spinoff sees warrior Kyra join a band of mercenaries in a search for her mentor. Sci Fi said it is trying to close the deal with director-writer David Twohy and the film's star Vin Diesel, who will executive produce.
Die SciFi-Website TREKNews.de präsentiert den deutschen "The Chronicles of Riddick" Teaser-Trailer exklusiv online - zum Download in vielen Formaten !!!
Bei PitcherBlacker.com gibt es zwei Seiten aus einem "Vorsprech"-Script...
Bei PitcherBlacker.com gibt es das japanische Teaser-Poster... Und bei AnimatedBliss gibt es ein paar Bilder aus dem animierten "Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury"...
Bei VinXperience gibt es ein Interview mit David Twohy...
Bei Moviehole gibt den "Score"-Artikel im PDF-Format...
Bei CS! gibt es Scans aus dem franz. Magazin "Score"... Und DH meldet...
DavisDVD reports that Universal Home Video is renaming and re-releasing Pitch Black to "The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black", they're also releasing an animated prequel to the upcoming Riddick theatrical film called The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury. This animated short will also come with a preview of the feature film.
Bei VinXperience gibt es detaillierte Infos zum Plot... SPOILER !!!
TCoR is a movie that combines the elements of a sequel and a prequel. The movie is set 5 years after the events of Pitch Black and starts as Riddick is hiding away from mercs on distant planets. He is constantly haunted by visions of his past, his warrior times, the murder, his abandonment, events that happened to him. He decides to go back to the planet where he was sentenced. [...]
[...] "News of some major additional photography on 'Chronicles'. In the vicinity of $5M has been budgeted for at least seven days of filming in early March in Vancouver Canada on the Vin Diesel sequel.
Some of the additional work apparently reverses the fatal fate of a major character
whose demise had already been filmed during principal photography.
A close source to the production notes that actor Nick Chinlund "sort of steals the
picture from Diesel". Other material includes additional SFX work".
Meanwhile actress Kristin Lehman recently spoke to Sci-Fi Wire about her role in the film: "I play the only other Furyan in the film. Vin is, as we know, a Furyan. And this, of course, is the odyssey for him, to realize who he is, what he comes from, what his odyssey is. And I am the Furyan who brings that out in him. I come to him".
As for the film itself, she describes it as "vast, it's epic...tremendous in scope and tremendous in special effects". [...]
Bei CS! gibt es ein Bild vom Set...
An animated prequel series (ala the Matrix) that explains some plot points is rumoured to be in the works with actor Nick Chinlund voicing the key parts.
Bei UIP.nl gibt es ein Szenenbild...
"The Chronicles of Riddick" Teaser-Trailer online !!!
Mit Dank an Mr. T-DSL
Bei ETonline gibt es einen Set-Bericht (Benötigt Windows Media Player), sowie ein Interview mit Vin Diesel...
[...] "[When I shot 'Pitch Black'] I wanted to imagine what his [Riddick's] universe would look like, and that's what this is. We're not making a movie, we're making a universe."
Captured and imprisoned on a planet where the extreme temperatures range from arctic nights to volcanic days, Riddick partners with a young woman from his past (newcomer ALEXA DAVALOS) to escape, only to find himself confronting a group of religious zealots led by the evil Lord Marshall (COLM FEORE from "Storm of the Century"), a tyrant bent on waging a deadly crusade across the galaxy.
"What's so interesting about Riddick is that he is an anti-hero that has to struggle just to understand the purpose or relevance of heroism," says Vin. "So he travels through the universe, aloof to his heroic calling, and that's what this movie's about. It's about existing your whole life without any sense of identity and not knowing where you come from, and not knowing who you are, or why you exist. And that feels like a very relevant issue to build a mythology around."
In the lushly designed film, Vin gets to sport a variety of looks and costumes ("A lot of the day is putting on armor, taking off armor," he says), along with cool, special contact lenses that make his eyes glow in the dark.
"It's enhanced night vision and it allows Riddick to see in the dark," explains Vin. "[I shot 'Pitch Black' in the Outback of Australia] and these dust particles would get under these contacts, and I don't wear contacts. But this [time] is difficult for another reason, because it's so action intense that you're sweating all the time, and sweat gets in your eyes, and it doesn't make me feel too good." [...]
PitchBlack.com wurde relaunched !!! Bei DH gibt es eine Beschreibung des "Riddick" Teaser-Trailers...
[...] The teaser piece is said to include some sweet FX shots like Judi Dench walking down a large desert temple stairs (though from the back she seems almost transparent), giant alien statues, lots of combat fighting, women in elaborate dresses, some great epic army shots and silhouettes/close-ups of Vin Diesel reprising his role of the mirror-eyed Riddick.
Other great standout 'fantasy' shots include someone in an almost old diving bell style design suit but the inside is filled with transparent purple light. The Necromanger ships are glimpsed, and the doozy of a final moment where a giant falling elaborate stone coffin/statue crushes everything in its path. [...]
Na endlich tut sich was in Sachen "Riddick"... JoBlo.com weiss es aus erster Hand: Heute um Mitternacht wird sich PitchBlack.com in neuem Gewand zeigen... Kommenden Montag/Dienstag veröffentlicht Apple.com den Trailer...
Don't expect much in the way of gleaming starships, well-groomed imperialists or colourfully jump suited characters in the "Pitch Black" sequels - things are on the rough and tumble side when Vin Diesel his the galactic frontier. In the latest issue of Empire Magazine, Kiwi actor Karl Urban (best known as Eomer in "The Lord of the Rings" movies) had some interesting things to say about the tone of this film as compared to the genre at large: "It's about time we reclaimed science fiction and made it dark. It's gotten a little candy on us lately, but we are going to flip that". Urban's entire role in the movie is that of aiming to take Vin down - "[I'm] a deadly enforcer of a dark place. Vin is prey for my part. I mean, in this film you're either the hunter or the hunted". Shooting is about to wrap up in Vancouver and a teaser trailer is rumoured to be hitting theatres before year's end.
Cinescape hat gestern das erste Set-Bild veröffentlicht...
[...] Our pal Joe says that what we're looking at is the inside of the Necromongers starship. Led by the Lord Marshal (Feore), the Necromongers warrior race have arrived at a planet called Helion and are in the midst of subjugating the population. On Helion is the ex-con Riddick (Diesel), hiding out from the bounty placed on his head. Little is known for sure of the Necromongers; there are reports that the Lord Marshal might be using the reanimated dead as warriors in his army.
The photo in question shows part of an old church that the Lord Marshal had relocated inside his command ship. We're told by Joe that some terrifying acts are committed in gruesome ceremonies inside this dark church including beheadings and self-mutilations. [...]
Del Rey meldet...
Early reports have Alan Dean Foster writing the novelization for THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK, a spin-off of the popular sci-fi movie PITCH BLACK. Del Rey will issue the movie novel in conjunction with the theatrical release of the film next summer. Vin Diesel will star in the role of Riddick, the quasi-criminal, intergalactic adventurer who wears the very cool goggles in PITCH BLACK. An original follow-up novel, also from Del Rey, which continues the above stated chronicles will follow some months later.
Bei AICN gibt es einen Bericht von Raggedy Man...
[...] Vin Deisel ventures back into the character of Riddick in whats looking to be truly epic scale sci-fi. Chronicles are two movies being filmed simultaneously. In it we see the life of Riddick before the movie "Pitch Black". Only a couple of weeks into production, they've been filming the scenes that take place in "the Slam". A futuristic prison full of the lowest lifeforms in the galaxy.
A short chat with one of the costume designers revealed the epic nature. Apparently they've created hundreds of "Necromage" costumes. Each is incredibly heavy and huge... similar to the large shambling Garthim that served the Skeksis in the Dark Crystal. They're to be used in a massive action sequence to be filmed in the next month or two. I'll fill you in as more details arrive. [...]
As I'm not in LA, this site misses out on some real fun stuff - that includes a sweet little set visit to the "Pitch Black" sequel in Vancouver last week by the press including the awesome 'Smilin Jack Ruby' of CHUD fame. Today SJR gave his initial thoughts and comments on the film and helped reveal some key information. Taking place 5 years after the original "Pitch Black", Vin Diesel and Keith David are the only returning actors though the character of "Jack" (the young girl) is returning albeit recast with Alexa Davalos ("Angel"). The film is part of a trilogy (PB is the equivalent of "The Hobbit") however they're only shooting the first one at present and are aiming to be stand alone rather than a 'Reloaded' or 'Rings' cliffhanger-type deal. They are at present halfway through the 77-day shoot, the sets are huge (making MIB2 and "Planet of the Apes" seem small in comparison) and the tone has "made a conscious decision to move away from 'horror film' and into 'science fiction epic'". [...]
Universal Pictures, in association with Radar Pictures and One Race Productions, has announced the start of principal photography on the science fiction action-adventure epic The Chronicles of Riddick, starring Vin Diesel and co-starring Colm Feore, Alexa Davalos, Karl Urban, Linus Roache, Thandie Newton and Dame Judi Dench. The film was written and directed by David Twohy (Below, Pitch Black).
Vin Diesel reprises his star-making Pitch Black role of enigmatic anti-hero Richard B. Riddick in the new science fiction action-adventure epic, The Chronicles of Riddick.
Riddick has spent the last five years on the move among the forgotten worlds on the outskirts of the galaxy, eluding mercenaries bent on collecting the price on his head. Now, the fugitive finds himself on planet Helion, home to a progressive multicultural society, which has been invaded by the Lord Marshal (Feore), a zealot who targets humans for subjugation with his army of warriors known as Necromongers.
Exiled to a subterranean prison where extremes of temperature range from arctic nights to volcanic days, Riddick encounters Kyra (Davalos), the lone survivor from an earlier chapter in his life. His efforts to free himself and Kyra lead him to the Necromonger command ship, where he is pitted against the Lord Marshal in an apocalyptic battle with possibly the fate of all beings-both living and dead-hanging in the balance.
[...] Universal moved up its PITCH BLACK sequel THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK from June 25, 2004 to June 11. [...]
Hollywood Reporter meldet...
Newcomer Alexa Davalos has joined the cast of Universal Pictures' "Chronicles of Riddick" for writer-director David Twohy, Radar Pictures and One Race Prods. Production begins June 9 in Vancouver, with Vin Diesel, Judi Dench, Colm Feore, Thandie Newton and Karl Urban also starring. "Riddick" follows the adventures of intergalactic prisoner Riddick, a character introduced in the 2000 film "Pitch Black." The second installment finds Riddick, now a hunted man, in the middle of two opposing forces in a major crusade. Davalos will play Kyra, a grown-up version of a character that appeared in "Black" who initially was thought to be a boy but turned out to be a girl. Nick Chinlund also has been added to the cast, playing a character named Toombs. Scott Kroopf, Tom Engelman and Diesel are producing the project. Ted Field, George Zakk and Peter McGregor Scott are executive producing. Universal president of production Scott Stuber, senior vp Donna Langley and director of development Jeffrey Kirschenbaum are overseeing. Davalos, repped by ICM and the Firm, next stars in HBO's "And Starring Poncho Villa as Himself" opposite Antonio Banderas for director Bruce Beresford.
Hollywood Reporter meldet...
Karl Urban, better known as Eomer in "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," is set and Thandie Newton is negotiations to join the cast of Universal Pictures' "Chronicles of Riddick" for writer-director David Twohy, Radar Pictures and One Race Prods. Production begins June 9 in Vancouver, with Vin Diesel, Judi Dench and Colm Feore also starring. "Riddick" continues the adventures of intergalactic prisoner Riddick, a character first introduced in the 2000 film "Pitch Black."
Vin Diesel gave an update to Entertainment Weekly about his upcoming projects. [...]
He says he didn't just want to make a sequel to Pitch Black, but instead wanted to create a whole universe with Riddick. "I've got books and notes and research that will never play in the movie, but it's just to re-enforce the mythology, so we can say where a character originated from or what their primary source of income is. I want to be able to explain the mythological purpose of Riddick and his origin. And Judi Dench is playing Aereon! It doesn't get better than that! She Gandalf-izes the movie.
He adds that he contributed parts of the story. "There's stuff about plane travel that I want to incorporate that I don't think we've ever seen in movies. And when I say plane travel, I mean travel between dimensions, not airplanes. There's a race of creatures called Necomongers that originate from a demiplane of shadow, which is where the negative plane overlaps with the prime material plane and creates its own universe." [...]
Im Vin News Network gibt es einen Artikel aus "The Vancouver Province"...
[...] A fire at Mammoth Studios in Burnaby has shut down Chronicles
Now a myriad of other productions in town can at least temporarily stop
tearing out their hair while attempting to staff construction crews. [...]
No one was injured in the fire, which was started by the errant mating of a
welding torch and some Styrofoam (the film is using massive amounts of
Styrofoam) last Saturday morning. It took 30 firefighters to extinguish the
blaze, caused $3 million in damage to the studio and destroyed one of the
According to Burnaby assistant fire prevention chief Fred Scarfe, the
building had sprinklers but the flames did reach the roof. The saving grace,
says a source, is that the Mammoth facility is so large that the incident
affects only a small area.
The fire is expected to keep the Riddick project shuttered for a week (crew
members are expecting to go back to work on Monday) so that should help some
of the city's many pilot-season projects get a leg up on their carpentry and
other set work. [...]
The rumoured construction budget for Riddick alone is $65 million (a figure
no one will confirm or deny) with upwards of five full crews building a
slew of sets.
Riddick producers (not to mention displaced L.A. residents who didn't want
to leave home to begin with) are said to be furious with the delay.
They're probably not too happy with the healthier Canadian dollar, either.
The exact budget isn't known but consider this: A $200 million US budget
when the oft-postponed project was scheduled to begin shooting this time
last year, is worth $22 million less today.
SF Wire sprach mit Vin Diesel...
[...] he begins filming the SF sequel film Riddick in Vancouver, B.C., in two weeks, with some improvements. After difficulty with the contact lenses in the predecessor movie, Pitch Black, Diesel ordered a new set for the sequel. "We've upgraded from hard lenses to soft," Diesel said in an interview.
Diesel said that he had a hand in the development of the film, influencing even the scientific explanations for the film's villainous creatures. "[I've been] creating creature characteristics and attributes you won't see until scene two or scene three and researching on the Internet to explain negative matter: where these villains come from, these Necromongers," he said. "[We have to explain] their scientific existence."
Diesel added, "We're going to create this huge universe. And I'm excited about exploring this character's purpose in this universe and what his whole deal is." [...]
Canada.com meldet, dass sich Vin Diesel für ein Rekordgehalt für Judi Dench einsetzt...
Hollywood Reporter meldet...
Judi Dench is in final negotiations to star opposite Vin Diesel in Universal Pictures' "Chronicles of Riddick" for writer-director David Twohy, Radar Pictures and One Race Prods. Production begins in Vancouver in April. At the same time, Colm Feore has come aboard to play the lead villain in the project, which is a sequel to the 2000 film "Pitch Black," about an intergalactic prisoner named Riddick who has the ability to see in the dark. In the sequel, Riddick, now a hunted man, finds himself in the middle of two opposing forces in a major crusade. Feore will play Lord Marshal, a warrior priest who is the leader of a sect that is waging the 10th and perhaps final crusade 500 years in the future. Dench will play Aereon, an ambassador from the Elemental race. She is an ethereal being who helps Riddick unearth his origins.
Remember that script review for the "Pitch Black" sequel that ran the other day?, Well now one of the highest sources in connection to the film has commented on it - seems that draft no longer resembles the current state of the feature: "That's not the version we're making. We had the same problems with ALL early drafts that the reviewer did: Basically, it felt like someone was remaking the first movie -- and spending a shitload more money to do it. We're moving on to new planets and new situations, even changing genres from horror to action/adventure. That's also why we choose to call it "Chronicles of Riddick" rather than "PB2." It's not so much a sequel as it is a new story that will take three films to tell".
Bei TNMC gibt es ein negatives Script-Review... Vorsicht SPOILER !!!
[...] I'm seriously dissapointed. This project in my mind had some serious potential. It could have been one of the coolest sequel based on a villain since T2. Instead it feels like a bad remake of the original film. I hope this isn't the draft they're using.
During the break I overheard a conversation between Twohy and someone who sounded like he was a talent rep. The rep was talking to Twohy about how great a fit Sith bad boy Ray Park would be in the film. It even sounded like they had a meeting scheduled with Ray. It'll be interesting to see how the rest of this develops [...]
Coming Attractions meldete kürzlich...
An anonymous insider we know well tells us that the ink is dry on the shooting dates for The Chronicles of Riddick. The movie begins its first day of principal photography on April 21, 2003 and is scheduled to wrap filming on August 31, 2003. Filming is still scheduled to take place in Vancouver, Canada.
Bei JoBlo gibt es ein laaaanges, lesenswertes Interview mit David Twohy, der vor allem über seinen letzten Film "Below" erzählt, aber eben auch über "Chronicles of Riddick"...
How far along are you with the RIDDICK CHRONICLES?
We’re in pre-production. The script is finished and I’ve got my production designer on it. Right now we’re calling the series the CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK. We’re referring to them now as "C-1," "C-2" and "C-3." I’m plotting all three films as we pre-produce this first film. The reason why it’s "Chronicles" and not "Pitch Black 2" is because that would give a false impression of this next film, because not only are we changing genres - the first one was a horror film and this one will be action/adventure/sci-fi - but we’re also increasing the scope in such a way that isn’t true to the original film as well.
Are you planning to shoot "C-2" and "C-3" simultaneously?
If the first one justifies any follow-ups at all, then yeah, we’re thinking of doing 2 and 3 together.
Can you give us a peek at what THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK will be about?
All I can say is that it takes that Riddick character and follows him through multiple worlds as he meets multiple adversaries. There’s a lot of theology in it. Even though I’m not a religious guy, I am very interested in religion and why people turn to it. In BELOW I’m interested in why people turn to supernatural explanations when there are more plausible ones. I’m not a great believer in the supernatural either, but I find it fascinating when people turn to it. [...]
Have you done any casting yet, other than Vin Diesel?
[30.07.2002] SF Wire zitiert Vin Diesel...
Vin Diesel told SCI FI Wire that he is confirmed for a trilogy of sequels to Pitch Black, the sleeper 2000 SF hit in which Diesel played a convict. The first of the three follow-up movies is titled The Chronicles of Riddick. "If you're familiar with the [J.R.R.] Tolkien novels, in the same way that Hobbit is prequel to The Lord of the Rings, Pitch Black is a prequel to The Chronicles of Riddick [trilogy]," Diesel said in an interview. None of the three Chronicles will be prequels to Pitch Black, as has been rumored, Diesel added.
The three films will deal with "the universe that Riddick is involved with," Diesel said. "It's got this extensive story that [director] David Twohy's putting together. He calls it the evil Star Wars." Diesel wouldn't reveal any more specific details, but did say why he chose to stick with the Riddick franchise, while turning down further Fast and the Furious movies.
"I always loved the Riddick character, and I thought that the Riddick character spoke to our generation," Diesel said. "It was one of the first times that I saw an audience root for the convict, and I thought that was interesting, the concept of the audience rooting for a guy who's been prejudged, ruled out and given up on and misrepresented. The idea of us judging this guy, Riddick, by his actions, as opposed to his past, is interesting to me."
AICN hat einen Brief von Regisseur D. Twohy veröffentlicht...
[...] I wrote a treatment for a sequel two years ago, and it was deemed too big, too rich of a follow-up. Well, that was then -- and Vin is now. We can think "too big." So we’re using that treatment as a matrix, layering in new characters and new dimensions as we create a whole multi-verse that will carry us through two, possibly three more films. It’s a multi-verse full of competing agendas and countervailing strengths. Riddick is but one of those strengths, and he’ll tap into primal powers he didn’t know he had, evolving into something more powerful. Something even darker.
To bring it into focus for the studio, I pitched a franchise that would be "the evil twin of ‘Star Wars’." And they got it immediately. Instead of cold technology on parade, "Chronicles" will be a hot-blooded affair that marches to the tune of corruption, defiance, chaos. It won’t be so much a horror film (as some thought "Pitch Black" to be) as a dark action-adventure movie with our own brand of epic mythology.
Oh, did I mention "dark"?
One of the things we saw, early on, was a parallel to the "Terminator" series: The audience actually liked the antagonist by the end of the first movie. Knowing this, Cameron smartly changed the dynamic for the sequel, pitting Arnold against the T-1000, overmatching him so that the audience could root for him. Well, point taken: We will overmatch Riddick in all our follow-up movies. He has to have Big Foes, and we’ve got them. Plenty of ‘em. [...]
Coming Attractions meldete kürzlich...
At this year's annual New York City licensing show, reps for Universal Studios were handing out this piece of promotional artwork for Riddick. As you can tell, it's nothing more than a still that we saw in Pitch Black, just to give potential licensees a sci-fi vibe, but it does also list 2004 as a prospective release date for the sequel.
Pitch Black writer-director David Twohy will direct the film's sequel now titled Riddick and has commited to two more installments of the saga for Universal and Radar Pictures, says Variety.
Vin Diesel is set to reprise his role as Riddick, the mysterious antihero whose ability to see in the dark helped him lead a handful of survivors off a planet inhabited by nocturnal killers.
Sequel drafts were turned in by David Hayter and Akiva Goldsman, but the studio has decided to go with Twohy's original pitch.
"Vin has become a bigger star, and he and I became interested in multiple pictures," said Twohy, who has been mapping out the progression of the multiple sequels with Diesel. "Vin wanted a franchise and when 'Fast and the Furious' didn't happen for him, we pitched this to the studio and they went for the idea of not just one but up to three followups. We'll give Riddick multiple adversaries on different levels. We think of 'Pitch Black' like 'Mad Max' was to 'Road Warrior,' or 'The Hobbit' was to 'Lord of the Rings.' They were places to find one of your characters, enabling you to take them to different places in subsequent films."
CountingDown meldet, dass die Dreharbeiten in Vancouver erst im Oktober 2002 beginnen...
Universal and Diesel are still all-systems-go on "Chronicles of Riddick." Universal has brought in Oscar-winning "A Beautiful Mind" screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to do a rewrite and will seek A-list talent to shoot the film later this year.
Coming Soon! meldet...
Sneak Peak alerted us that Vancouver's Bridge Studio will undergo construction this April for "Pitch Black 2: The Chronicles of Riddick," sequel to the original Vin Diesel feature. The Universal feature starts up in April with a September wrap.
Dark Horizons meldet, dass Rapper Ja Rule im Juni 2002 nach Australien fliegen wird, um mit den Dreharbeiten an "Riddick: Pitch Black 2" zu beginnen...
Bei Coming Soon! gibt es Auszüge aus einem Interview mit Rapper Ja Rule...
Last week in Los Angeles on the set of his Murder Inc. compatriot Ashanti's "Foolish" video, the Queens rapper said he and Diesel are hoping to be Hollywood's next dynamic duo. They are committed to doing two more movies together, "The Fast and the Furious 2" and "Riddick."
"Obviously 'Fast and the Furious ' is going to pick up where we left off ," he said. "They're going to bulk up my character a bit. We're gonna get to see Edwin Bishop a little bit more this movie. And 'Riddick' is, ... it's not scary, but it's like a creature movie. It's like 'Pitch Black 2.' We're on another planet and it's crazy. These creatures come out only in the dark, and we can only see in the dark."
Pitch Black World hat eine Info von Vin Diesels Produktionsfirma One Race Pictures...
"We are shooting Triple XXX, we start shooting "The Chronicles of Riddick" PB2 in June I believe. As for Knockaround Guys, I don't know what the studio is going to do as you know Vin has a small part in that movie it's not his film. XXX comes out on July 26th or August 2nd. I think it's the 2nd. DIABLO comes out in the fall of 2002"
AICN weiss mehr über David Twohys Beteiligung an "PB2"...
One would assume that the next thing on Twohy's plate was THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK (aka Pitch Black 2). Well, that is over at Universal, so after a bit of digging I found out where that project is pretty quickly. It seems that David Hayter had turned in a draft that is now being retooled by Akiva Goldman. Now before you start roasting Akiva again, let me remind you that Akiva's A BEAUTIFUL MIND script seems to have made a wonderful film by Ron Howard by all accounts thus far. And as I've been saying for years, it isn't Akiva's scripts that have been sucking, it has been what the directors and talent have done with them. Nowhere in his first draft of BATMAN & ROBIN did it say bad neon lighting or the line, "KILL DA HEEEEE ROWS!" In talking over at Universal, it seems that they are unsure if Twohy will be the director or not. It seems he has always either retooled heavily or wrote from scratch most of his material, but he is attached, till he decides otherwise. I suppose that'll depend upon Akiva's draft.
Coming Soon! berichtet...
It looks like Universal Pictures is targeting a Memorial Day, 2003 release date for the Vin Diesel sequel to "Pitch Black," reports The Mirror. Diesel has agreed, in principle, to return in the role of the psychokiller anti-hero in "Pitch Black 2: The Chronicles of Riddick," no other cast has been announced yet. David Twohy returns in the director's chair, while David Hayter ("X-Men," "The Hulk") is writing the screenplay.
Laut der "Calgary Sun" ist nicht nur ein weiterer "Pitch Black"-Ableger geplant,
sondern gleich drei !?!
Zap2it.com zitiert aus einem Interview mit Vin Diesel...
""I'm training right now for Pitch Black 2... [...] David Hayter, the guy who wrote X-Men is writing the sequel. It's gonna be called The Chronicle of Riddick, so it should be exciting."
Coming Attractions berichtet...
"Dark Horizons is reporting that Pitch Black 2 is actually a prequel and will follow the adventures of Vin Diesel's Riddick before he gets caught in the orginal Pitch Black. Therefore, considering the movie will be all about Riddick, it is going to be called Riddick." We checked out the report for ourselves, and sure enough the source admits that it's very...ah...Lecterish. Cole Hauser would make an appearance at the end of the film, according to this report."
Ab sofort gibt es "Pitch Black" auf DVD... Das VHS-Video gibt es erst am 23. August 2001...
"Pitch Black" startet in den deutschen Kinos...
"Pitch Black" startet in den US-Kinos... Bei "The 11th Hour" gibt es Interviews mit den Darstellern und Machern...
Bei AICN gibt es ein Review von "Pitch Black"...
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