For those of you who were thinking that the explosive career of Karl Urban would be too packed for the rising star to fit in a role in the proposed Chronicles of Riddick sequel, think again. Currently wrapping up work on Dredd for director Pete Travis, Urban will don the Underverse armor and silly mullet once again as Vaako, the character he played in the second Riddick film. He’ll go to work when production of the film finally picks up, according to Bloody Disgusting.
Details about the sequel–anxiously awaited by some, groan-worthy for others–are slim, but based on casting call sheets it would seem that Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking will shine some much needed light on Vaako’s softer side, or maybe rather his nobler side as he played a sort of snively underling in his last appearance in the franchise. Though this movie won’t be out for some time, you’ll have plenty to see Urban in before then, including his reprisal of his role as Bones in the Star Trek sequel.
Director David Twohy will return to direct Riddick 3, unwilling to let anyone else mess with his brainchild. Twohy directed Perfect Getaway in 2009 but aside from that has not directed anything since his last visit to the Riddick-verse in 2004. But if you’re like me and actually enjoyed the last Riddick film, you won’t doubt his ability to put out a fun adventure.
What we can wish for though is a better use of the budget. The Chronicles of Riddick cost a pretty large $105 million and seemingly did nothing with it. The sets looked very stagey, the effects are sort of weak, and the film just didn’t feel as expansive as it should have. $105 million is nothing to shake a stick at, but a better producer and art crew would certainly benefit this upcoming sequel.
This one will become a bigger blip on our radar very soon now that there’s an outside name involved and not just Vin Diesel and David Twohy talking pipe dreams. Check back regularly for Riddick updates. Below is the official Riddick 3 synopsis:
Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick (Diesel) fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.