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09:00am ET, 7-JUne-04

 Twohy Readies Kyra Pilot

David Twohy, writer/director of the upcoming SF movie The Chronicles of Riddick, told SCI FI Wire that he's also writing the script for a two-hour SCI FI Channel movie centered on the Riddick character of Kyra, which would be the pilot for a spinoff series. "They want to do a sort of Kyra, The Lost Years," Twohy said in an interview. "I'll be writing the story for that, just so that the expanding universe has a creative continuity to it, and it doesn't get too corporate and there are too many hands in the [project]."

Kyra, played by Alexa Davalos in The Chronicles of Riddick, is a young woman who first appeared in Riddick's predecessor film, Pitch Black, as Jack, the girl who masqueraded as a boy and befriended the mass murderer and antihero Richard B. Riddick, played by Vin Diesel. The proposed Kyra SCI FI Channel project "will be a two-hour pilot, followed by a series, based on the Jack/Kyra character and how she went in search for Riddick and trouble befell her along the way," Twohy said. The series would fill in the five years between the end of Pitch Black and the beginning of The Chronicles of Riddick.

Twohy added that Davalos would likely not star in the pilot, "because, A, she wants to pursue a film career, not a cable career, and, [B], it might deal with a slightly younger version [of Kyra]. Because [Riddick takes place] five years later, she's playing 18, 19, 20. I think this character would be 15, 16, 17."

The Chronicles of Riddick opens June 11. It is being distributed by Universal Pictures, which is owned by NBC Universal, which also owns the SCI FI Channel and SCIFI.COM.

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