Vin Diesel is a franchise man. He’s leading the Fast and Furious team, he’s attempting to get XXX back on its feet, he’s starring in another Riddick film, and he’s going to be launching the would-be franchise Soldiers of the Sun in the near future. Vin Diesel loves franchise work. I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that the underlying reason might be the size of the paychecks involved, but I could be wrong. Maybe he just really love the serials from the 30’s and he wants to bring that experience to the audiences of today.
The next franchise film that Diesel will be appearing in is Riddick, the sequel to the Chronicles of Riddick and Pitch Black. The film, according to Diesel and directory David Twohy, is a bit of a divergence from their original plan for the franchise. Diesel has suggested in the past that their ideal franchise structure would be Pitch Black operating as a Hobbit like story and then Chronicles of Riddick serving as the first part of a Lord of the Rings-esque trilogy. Needless to say, because of the failure to make enough money to support this plan, that’s not going to happen. Or at least won’t yet.
David Twohy had this to say:
At its core [RIDDICK] is a survival story about one man, and his only way to get off this planet is to call in the mercenaries for a ride. That said, we don’t turn our backs on the mythology that we planted in the last movie, and we are actually bringing Karl [Urban] back for a few days of filming to advance it and lay the groundwork for movie four. We’re concerned with paying off the loyal fans and think that if somebody doesn’t understand something the solution is to look at the other two movies and get up to speed. It does play in a gratifying way as a standalone movie, but there are threads that we continue to sew that we started in previous movies and will continue in future movies.
Where as Mr Diesel made this statement:
You’ve got to go to the Underverse. t’s expected, it’s something I firmly believe. You’ll have to go through the Underverse to get to Furya. So, those are the two further stories that are mapped out. The Underverse is a much more costly venture. We went this direction, trying to do an R-rated movie, which is cool and even more interesting because it’s so unexpected. But yes, you will be at the Underverse and you will be at Furya sooner or later.
It all really just comes down to the amount of money that Riddick makes in the theatre. If it does well, we’ll probably get another Chronicles-ish big budget story. If not we’ll probably still get more Riddick films they’ll just be smaller.