Riddick is in theaters at this very moment, despite all odds. If you haven’t read my review of the film yet, you can do so here. In short, if you dug Pitch Black get your ass to a theater and check this out.
One of my favorite things about the film is Riddick’s voiceover. In most films, this type of thing is a crutch. In Riddick it imbues the film flavor and captures the character’s outlook on the world. It’s sort of a Jay-Z-ish “don’t hate the player, hate the game” type of thing that goes a long way. Last week I had a chance to ask writer/director David Twohy about crafting what I call, “the poetry of Riddick.”
This is the rare film that the voiceover contributes to it. It sort of has a “wit and wisdom Of Riddick” vibe to it. Can you talk about crafting that?
Where do you fall on the Blade Runner voiceover?
I’m not a fan. But this one has some hi-hop swagger to it.
Yeah, it’s a little leaden in Blade Runner isn’t it? I understand why it’s there, it’s not Ridley’s version. I’ll write it, I’ll tweak it and re-write it. And then I’ll show it to Vin. And he’ll wait until we get in front of a microphone and he’ll say 90 percent of it but he’ll stick on a line. And he doesn’t want to say it, then we’ll just work it out. Something pops that he likes and we’ll lay that down. People ask me, how is he on the set? He’s a guy to still wants to be directed, very much so. He doesn’t run to the monitors all the time to look for takes.
But the voiceover, as opposed to Blade Runner where it’s just filling in stuff you need to know about the world and isn’t character based, this is character based. It comes with Riddick’s voice, not just Vin Diesel’s voice, but Riddick’s voice. How he views the world. It takes a while to get it right.