Riddick Director Pens TV Spin-off

As his big-budget vfx extravaganza, The Chronicles of Riddick, gets set to open in theaters this weekend, director David Twohy (Pitch Black, Below), is busy penning the script for a SCI FI Channel original movie based on a character form the movie. The news was posted on the SCI FI Channel’s web site, www.scifi.com.

The TV movie will focus on Chronicles of Riddick character Kyra, played by Alexa Davalos, and will serve as the pilot for a spin-off series. Sci-fi fans will remember Kyra from Twohy’s 2000 pic, Pitch Black. In that film, she appeared as a young girl masquerading as a boy in the name of self-preservation in a hostile environment.

The series will reportedly span the five years between the end of Pitch Black and the beginning of The Chronicles of Riddick. During that time, Kyra is trying to reunite with Riddick but gets into many jams along the way. Twohy told SCIFI.com that Davalos is not likely to reprise the role for TV as she is focusing on a film career and may be too old to play a 15-17-year-old version of the character.

The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, an animated prequel directed by Peter Chung (The Animatrix, TV’s Aeon Flux), arrives on video shelves on Tuesday, June 15, following the June 11 theatrical debut of the live-action thrill ride The Chronicles of Riddick.