More news about a potential third Riddick movie: Writer/director David Twohy shared his thoughts, as well as some excellent concept art. Does this mean we're closer to Vin Diesel agreeing to a pay cut so the movie can go forward?
Over at Twohy's blog the director had this to say about the Riddick movie progress:
The hurdles seem to be dropping. The final turn is being rounded. The finish line (actually a starting line) seems closer than ever.
Of course, there are no guarantees in this mad endeavor called "filmmaking," a pursuit that is a pricey shotgun marriage between business and art. But we've reached a critical mass of enthusiasm and resource needed to launch a movie. If we go now, we can make it now. If we don't, we may never. And trust me, we're all keenly aware of that.
Yeah, I had some good face-time with Vin in NYC. We talked at length about where we go from here – about how to travel to all the places in the RIDDICK universe that needed travelling to – and we think we know have the Master Map. We'll keep it tucked tightly in our breast pocket for now, but it's enough to say that, if we can pull it all off, you'll have spent a good 15 years with us.
But Vin will be the driving force behind this next movie; I'm merely the writer-director. Am I being facetious? Kinda. But kinda not, too: It's Vin and the concessions he chooses to make that will allow this movie to go forward. And his love of the character, of course. So if you, too, have a soft spot for this hardened criminal, you might want to weigh in over at that giant-ass Facebook page he's got. Me? I'm still part of the Facebook Resistance.
I do get your emails of encouragement from seemingly all corners of the world. (Last week, Lithuania was heard from. I had to use Google Maps.) I can't always respond, but I do read just about everything that comes in. And I'm always quietly startled by the reach my films have – by how raw imagination alloyed with damn hard work can result in a product that travels the globe and excites the phosphors of so many screens as it excites the imaginations of so many who watch.
Above is a piece of art I did for Vin to help him see some of the visuals I carry around in my head night and day. Titled "Fifth Horseman," it's a tableau from the next movie.
So what do the art, and its mysterious title, mean? If Riddick is the Fifth Horseman, does that mean that our glassy-eyed Furian is heralding the end of the Universe? Or just bringing death with him wherever he goes? Both are entirely possible, we guess. But only one thing is certain: This new concept art just became my wallpaper.
Fingers crossed the darkest of all the Riddick films gets whatever it needs to jumpstart into production soon. Because the world is a better place when we all have more Riddick.