Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Back when I was a kid, there was no cable or satellite tv (gasp). In Houston as a kid, there were only the three major network channels, a couple of UHF stations (26 and 39) and the PBS station Channel 8. Nonetheless, we still managed to survive without reality TV and shows about dancing with stars or being an American idol.

But as we got older and were allowed to stay up later on weekends, we almost always looked forward to the Movie Of The Week on most of the 3 big network stations. It was often a good movie, and for us, that was our HBO back in the the day.

So an yet another new feature here on THE FISHING MUSICIAN, I'll discuss some of my favorite movies. Most of my favorite movies have body counts and gunplay (or at least gun waving of some sort).

One great movie that I discovered by accident in the grocery store check out line in 2004 was The Chonicles of Riddick, starring Vin Diesel. I had no idea what the movie was about, although I could tell it was a sci-fi movie of some sort and I'm not that all into sci-fi unless it's very well done like The Matrix Trilogy.

This became one of my favorite movies. Vin is a great actor, and even though I was only familiar at the time with his work in the action movie Triple X, it looked like "my kind of movie". It was and I've watched it many times since then.

Anyway, soon thereafter I bought the first movie in the franchise, Pitch Black, which filled in some of the back story about The Chronicles of Riddick.

You can read about the character here and about the movie here

And yes, I'm hoping the information at the bottom of the last cite/site is correct, that Vin and producer David Twohy are working on a Riddick sequel due to begin filming soon. Here's the clip from wiki:

In a March 8, 2006, article on, it was reported that Vin Diesel claimed that a sequel to The Chronicles of Riddick was in the works.[3] According to him, he had already written a storyline that covered a trilogy which began with the Chronicles of Riddick. Another article on, written on March 11, 2005, reports that Vin Diesel states that Chronicles 2 was to deal with The Underverse, while Chronicles 3 was to conclude the series with a return to Furya.[4]
An article dated November 10, 2007, on, further indicates that a sequel may be in works - "We're talking about it". David Twohy indicates however that it "probably won't be a Universal movie and probably will be an independent movie" seeing a much smaller budget.[5]
Two more sequels have been confirmed for production, and David Twohy is now writing the scripts.[6] Diesel told MTV News that in spite of the poor reception, the time between the sequels is only about getting it right, not about trying to find support.
"Everyone knows I love the Riddick character and I’m always working on it,” Diesel asserted. “It just takes five years to make another one because David Twohy and I are so precise about it.”
On March 20, 2009, Vin Diesel commented on a sequel in an interview on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, stating that David Twohy has nearly finished scripts, and is planning to start production on the third film in early 2010.[8]
On November 30, 2009 Vin Diesel left an update on his Facebook page effectively announcing that pre-production work is underway on the Chronicles of Riddick sequel.[9]

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