It's been awhile since Vin Diesel has released any photos from his highly anticipated sci-fi film Riddick. So, here's an interview with Total Film in which director David Twohy talks about the 'R' rating, and what fans can expect to see in the franchise. He starts out by discussing how making an 'R' rated film is so much better than making a PG-13 film.
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.
Sounds good to me! He goes on to talk about where they would have taken the franchise had The Chronicles of Riddick been a big box office success for Universal Pictures.
Had Universal said to us, "let's roll over, let's pick it up right at the end of the last movie" and funded it, we would have ventured into the Necromonger underverse and we would have had a big The Lord of the Rings-style movie on our hands. But That didn't happen, so cleverly 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.
I'm so glad they are taking this next film back to the roots of Pitch Black. It was such a great movie! The director then address rumors of Riddick being given additional powers.
The cryptic answer is a little of both. Sorry for being coy but I'm already projecting ahead to the theatrical cut versus the director's cut and thinking about what I may re-include.
Now I'm already excited about seeing the director's cut of the film!
The movie also stars Karl Urban (Star Trek), Jordi Molla (Bad Boys II), Matt Nable (Killer Elite), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Nolan Funk (Aliens in America), and Keri Hilson. Riddick will be released in theaters on September 6th, 2013.
The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.
The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy.