It was back in June when I first mentioned Don McKay. It stars Thomas Haden Church (Sideways, Spider-Man 3, George of the Jungle, The Specials) and Elizabeth Shue (Piranha 3D, The Karate Kid, Leaving Las Vegas) and is directed by Jake Goldberger. sounds mighty cool in a twisty turny kind of way.
Twenty-five years after abandoning his hometown, Don McKay gets a letter from his ex-girlfriend saying that she is dying and wants him to come see her. When Don returns home, Sonny doesn’t seem quite like he remembers her and everything seems a little bit off. In this darkly comic debut thriller, writer/director Jake Goldberger tells a story where no one is who they seem and everyone appears to be hiding something.
It also stars Melissa Leo and even cooler features the mighty M Emmett Walsh (Blood Simple, Blade Runner) and my fave Keith David (The Thing, They Live, Pitch Black, Requiem for a Dream and so much more).
An intriguing plot and some great actors are involved so it should, hopefully, be an absolute gem of a film.
Ah Riddick. Great character and Pitch Black is probably Vin Diesel’s finest bit of screen time. Then they made The Chronicles of Riddick. At the time it was touted to be akin to The Lord of The Rings with Pitch Black being their Hobbit. Chronicles wasn’t any such thing. A flawed epic which had some great bits along with some naff bits. Personally I really enjoyed it, especially the directors cut, but it did take itself so seriously and robbed Riddick’s character of much of his coolness. It only made $58 Million at the box office so it looked as if we would never see Riddick on the big screen again.
Then along game the video game Escape from Butcher Bay. A great FPS for the X-Box that breathed new life into the franchise. This game has been revamped for the X-Box 360 and is due out soon under the name The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena.
That’s not all. Last August Vin Diesel said that there would be two more Riddick films. Now, in an interview about the Dark Athena game with GameSpot, Diesel has said a bit more about the new 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”
He goes on to confirm that David Twohy is finishing up the script and once it’s ready, they’ll take the next steps.
Are you excited for a new Chronicles of Riddick film? What did you think of the previous films and what would you like to see in the new one? Should it carry on from the first Chronicles or tell a totally new story?
Vin Diesel has done some truly dreadful things. I’m not talking about killing puppies, or stabbing old people in the eye with a zimmer frame. No, I’m talking much, much worse – he’s made some very naff films. The Pacifier, Babylon A.D., xXx, and the Fast and the Furious.
However, he has done some good stuff. Namely the character of Riddick in Pitch Black which is a blinder of a movie. Riddick is a very cool anti-hero (I even have a soft spot for The Chronicles of Riddick film – just always felt they had so much to tell that it all got splodged into one big glorious sci-fi mess) and he appears again in the new Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena video game. The trailer is below and it looks amazing. Think I will be picking this up when it comes out. What about you?
Interestingly it looks as if good old Vin may be doing something else good, namely lend his voice to the CGI feature length version of Rockfish. It is written and directed by Tim Miller of Blur Studios and is due out in 2010. Spooky as Neal Asher mentioned the short film of Rockfish in the interview I did with him this week. You can see the short there.
Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, players will not only be challenged to survive Butcher Bay, but will also engage in a new single-player experience and, for the first time in the Riddick universe, take action in intense multi-player combat. The game introduces the ominous Merc-ship Dark Athena, which sits silent like a marauding spider, awaiting helpless prey in the dark reaches of the galaxy. Players must face a large, bloodthirsty operation led by the dreaded Captain Revas and her slaves-turned-controllable combat drones, storm though death-defying events and fight fierce enemies in a battle of malice and gore.