EW Staff
February 05, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Chronicles of Riddick

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
115 minutes
Wide Release Date
06/11/04
performer
Vin Diesel, Alexa Davalos, Judi Dench, Colm Feore, Thandie Newton, Nick Chinlund, Karl Urban
director
David Twohy
distributor
Universal
author
David Hayter, David Twohy
genre
Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C

It may be the sequel to Pitch Black, but Riddick (in theaters June 11) will have Vin Diesel (and returning director David Twohy) take his antihero far from those feasting aliens and into his past for this first film in what is reported to be a trilogy. Diesel turned his attention from the historical epic Hannibal to give EW the details.

EW How’d Riddick go?

VD I think it went pretty damn special.

EW It sounds like it’s going to be completely different from Pitch Black.

VD Yeah. It’s um — Pitch Black would be The Hobbit to Riddick’s The Lord of the Rings.

EW You clearly have an affection for this character.

VD There’s something cool and something I respect about [playing] a character who was introduced in a subtle way. It wasn’t like, ”Look at this character!!!”

EW [Pause] You played a massive guy who shaves his head with a machete, can see in the dark, and runs with some 400 pounds of weights behind him.

VD [Laughs] You’re right. Okay. My mind is so immersed in Hannibal right now that I guess anything that doesn’t call for 100 elephants comes off as subtle.

EW You passed on 2 Fast 2 Furious. That was a vehicle that could have been — VD [Laughs] This has Judi Dench!

EW Which is to say what?

VD It’s brilliant…. We had a picture framed of her and I standing at the veranda as the city is being sieged by a group of necromongers. [Menacing voice] AN ARMY OF NECROMONGERS.

EW Are you trying to scare me with the Riddick voice?

VD Yeah.

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