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Riddick – The new film is going to be called what now?

Posted by LiveFor on April 13, 2010

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking – that is the name they came up with? I’m looking forward to the third outing of Riddick but using a pun based title like that seems a little off. It could change though I suppose.

CCA had the news and a review of the script:

It has the ingredients to get this franchise’s engine retooled. The Riddick seen in Dead Man Stalking has trimmed off the fat of Chronicles and bulked himself up better than even his Pitch Black days. Shortly after Riddick finds his world fucked once again Twohy has the character say a line which encapsulates what went wrong with Riddick these past two movies and to put him in his current situation: he got civilized. He began to care too much about the people whose lives crossed his path. Well, what’s caring too much to Riddick is different than you and me, but the point is made clear to the anti-hero: he’s got to return back to being a predator, the baddest asshole in the universe, if he’s to survive the trials in Dead Man Stalking — and Hollywood. Back to basics. Back to killing.

Let’s rewind for a moment and get back to the start of this story: when we see Riddick at the beginning of Dead Man Stalking he’s a bloody battered mess, crawling for his life on the baked floor of an alien world. The predators native to this planet are circling in and waiting for death to come so they can feed at Riddick’s corpse — but he won’t let them. Riddick realizes here that he’s got to let what happened to him in Pitch Black and Chronicles go if he’s to survive the next ten seconds, let alone get off this forsaken pit of hell.

But Twohy isn’t forgetting what happened in The Chronicles of Riddick. In a flashback we get to find out how Riddick got to where he is and why he’s messed up. I already like David Twohy because he’s shown to be a smart guy with sci-fi, with Pitch Black’s sightless alien flyers that only emerge during the dark of that planet’s trinary eclipse, or the technology of Chronicles’ Necromongers which uses dead people for faster-than-light communications. I was excited to see where Riddick was going in the sequel, if he was going to take the Necromonger army to the Underverse. And while the Underverse isn’t mentioned once in Dead Man Stalking, I know that’s because he doesn’t have a nine-figure budget to burn this time around. But he could have just ignored what happened in Chronicles in Dead Man Stalking; he could have just explained Riddick losing his Necro army in a line and allude to events that took place off-camera.

He doesn’t. We get a taste of what life was like for Riddick after killing the Lord Marshal. Vaako, Karl Urban’s Necromonger, is Riddick’s right-hand man and loyal to him — to a point — but every day more of the Necros aren’t. Y’see, Riddick hasn’t accepted the vow of being the Lord Marshal to the Necromonger army and that’s fostering resentment amongst their number. Assassins are coming from out of the shadows and Riddick knows that he can’t kill every one of them, so he pitches a deal to Vaako: take him to his long lost home planet of Furya and he’ll bail and give the Necros to Vaako. Even though Vaako can’t understand why anyone would want to volunteer to give up the universe’s biggest army of bad guys, Number Two Necro dude still follows the orders of his commander and orders course to Furya. Then things go south, brutal and hard for Riddick and Vaako, and Riddick winds up left for dead on another mean-ass planet populated with a fair selection of nasty creatures.

Sounds like Riddick is definitely going back to basics which is very cool in my book.

What do you think of the films name and the sound of the film? What would have been a better name for it?

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