Twohy talks Chronicles of Riddick

By Garth Franklin Thursday March 11th 2004 03:22AM

VinXperience translated the recent Score French magazine interview conducted with Director David Twohy and all sorts of good goss on the big Summer movie for Universal were revealed including pending questions about potential sequels and tie-ins with "Pitch Black":

Where do the origins of "The Chronicles of Riddick" come from?

I did not like the sequel idea the studio offered to me. I said to them: "If you want to develop his story, you have to make it more ambitious." So I offered them the idea to develop a trilogy around Riddick, Vin Diesel's character, so this way TCOR would be the first part. In case of success, we will do C-2 and C-3 (the code name for the two sequels after TCOR), just like Peter Jackson did LOTR, doing the two movies during one shooting. The idea was if I spent a certain part of my life on a project, it had to be the richest and most ambitious as possible. When Universal saw the success of LOTR, they happily accepted my idea.

Riddick is a bad man, a murderer. How can you build a gigantic movie around such a troublemaker character?

Exactly that's what I love in this movie. Riddick is an anti-hero. He is not the glorious type who confronts the difficulties with positivity. He carries a very negative vision on the world and the people with himself. I don't want to glorify him, and exactly that's what was hard to make the studio understand. In reality, we see the other Star Wars, TCOR won't be manichean with the Good against the Bad. This movie is less schematic. The hero is a murderer, but within the negative dimension, you will realise, there's good within him. Also, this movie follows the path of Pitch Black, where all the characters had a double edge. This movie is too controversial, too cool for an expensive film.

It seems like Riddick has "primitive powers", so they say?

This movie will uncover the origins of Riddick, and the viewers will realise that he is not a normal man. You will better understand how is he changing. Riddick is much more than you can believe. You will explore the new powers and forces within him. The movie will follow him towards countless universes, battling with the enemies. But TCOR is also about spiritualism. There will many theological references, even if I am agonistic. But religion and the way they practice it, interest me a lot.

In sci-films, it's obligatory to shoot a space ship battle scene?

So we have one. But ours is set in the sky, in the night. If you want a reference what you can see, imagine the aero battles during the war in Iraq,but in the future.

  The fully translated set report/interview can be found at <a href="" target="_blank">VinXperience</a>.

Thanks to 'Kriszta'.