A sequel to one of the most original and exciting pure sci-fi films in years is in the works, according to its larger-than-life star. Vin Diesel (Pitch Black, The Iron Giant, Saving Private Ryan) has told MTV News that work soon will begin on the sequel to the phenomenal 2004 genre outing The Chronicles of Riddick, which itself was a sequel to the very underrated 2000 sci-fi’er, Pitch Black. Once Diesel finishes work on the 2006 historical epic, Hannibal the Conqueror, he reports he will begin production on COR2, the second in what will be The Chronicles of Riddick Trilogy. The second film, he says, will take place in the ominously titled Underverse; the third will see Riddick’s return to his homeworld, Furia. He states COR2 will be rated R, unlike the PG-13 rated COR1. While COR1 did only $115.4 million worldwide (it cost $140 million), it did huge DVD business. Ultimately, I have a hunch that COR1 always will be on my most underrated films list. If you have yet to see it, watch it now. RIGHT NOW!
A sequel to Chronicles of Riddick? Call me cynical, but could it possibly hold up to the sheerly accidental coolness of the original? Exactly how much more legendary will Riddick become, given the fact that he went from scary con to superhuman combat machine in the second movie? Will he challenge the Beyonder in Underverse? (Actually, that might be worth seeing...)
Also, I hope you caught that other subtle comment: Diesel in a Hannibal historical movie? In the words of the immortal Ren, "...maybe something good, maybe something bad..."