Pop culture's wheel of time turns, ever so cruelly, and I suppose we’re getting a taste of what it felt like to be a fan waiting for each installment of the first Alien movies. Seven years for the second, six years for third, and all kinds of rumors and false-starts in-between despite a sustained and fervent interest that’d seem to get sequels cranked out faster.
All the same, it’s been seven long years since Chronicles of Riddick and, now, Moviehole’s got a SPOILER-y scoop on the third movie’s script and casting call that looks quite solidly credible. It corroborates earlier reports of a plot that’d hew closer to Pitch Black's tight survival horror by stranding Riddick on a barren planet full of mercs and monsters with his eye-shined sights on his home planet, Furya. Aside from a new merc-y love interest and a kid Furyan who you probably could’ve seen coming in some form, there will be links to the previous movie with…Riddick renouncing his burdensome title as leader of the evil Necromongers, trading spots with his scheming subordinate Vaako (played by Karl Urban in Chronicles Of Riddick) and then running afoul of Boss Johns, the father of his old, dead merc-y foe Johns (Cole Hauser from Pitch Black).
The report also alludes to even more characters possibly returning. Though, I see that as a bit tricky since, outside of the "skittish" super-merc Toombs and the usurping-Necromonger Vaako couple, everybody else in the cast was quite surely axed. Plus, while I can see Nick Chinlund and Karl Urban possibly coming back, I don't think Thandie Newton would be down for it again.