Motion Comic Explains Why 'Riddick' Isn't Returning to the Underverse

Hey, remember how 2004's "Chronicles of Riddick" set up a sprawling mythology with separate universes, interdimensional zombie conquerors (kind of, just go with it), and Vin Diesel's Riddick as the last of a race called Furyons? Well, it's pretty clear that the upcoming "Riddick" is stripping the sci-fi/fantasy elements out for a return to the monster vs. man thriller of "Pitch Black."

Apparently, it's hard to keep command of an army of bloodthirsty invaders, as Riddick (voiced by Diesel) discovers in the nearly six-minute short.

But for those of you wondering what happened to the Necromongers, here's this animated thing. And that's more or less it. The anticlimactic ending to Riddick's (brief) reign as a universe conqueror comes as the franchise scales back its cosmic ambitions. Diesel and director David Twhohy wanted to take the action-thriller that was 2000's "Pitch Black" and expand it into a grand fantasy franchise. However, audiences and critics weren't kind to 2004's "Chronicles of Riddick" mostly because the film was an odd fit for such a one-note badass as Riddick.

The simply-titled "Riddick" will be in theaters on September 6.

[Source: Comics Beat]