Sunday, September 15, 2013




To no surprise, Chronicles of Riddick 3 was just confirmed a few days ago with its star Vin Diesel set to return in one of his career-defining franchises. At this point, the film’s tentative title is simply Riddick and it’s set to be distributed domestically by Universal and internationally by Lionsgate if things go according to plan.
And going according to plan is exactly what’s happening at this early stage. According to THR, the Riddick property is hot in demand and Lionsgate was able to get a bidding war happening in Russia for the rights to its distribution where the asking price has jumped up past $2.5 million for that country alone. This was after a late-night presentation to buyers that Diesel himself attended.
The most interesting part of the report however, are the details about the sequel’s plot that were revealed. If you’re interested, skip on ahead after the jump to check it out.

The following snippet is from The Hollywood Reporter’s latest report on Riddick which refers to a part where they feel the movie is “tailor-made” for the Russian market which is currently eating up sci-fi flicks:
“Riddick” delivers on both counts. Though billed as a back-to-basics approach to the character popularized by Diesel, the script features the character — the most wanted man in the galaxy — left for dead on a barren alien planet, dealing with “trisons” (three-legged bisons) and “mud demons.” He must then contend with two squads of bounty hunters, one of which ride rockets called jetcycles.


Barren alien planet with crazy aliens hearkens back to the plot of Pitch Black. As for the jetcycles, I’ll have to wait and see.
As I said above, the confirmation of Riddick’s return is of no surprise as Diesel has continuously expressed interest in making another film, especially during and after his involvement with a pair of well-received video games to go along with the franchise.
A year ago, leading up to the release of the game titled Assault on Dark Athena, Diesel revealed that David Twohy was working on the script and last summer we found out that Twohy had two versions of said script to pitch to the studios; a PG-13 one that studios would like and a more hardcore truer-to-the-character-and-story Rated-R version which Vin and Twohy want to stick to. They didn’t like having to make that concession when they did Chronicles of Riddick and this time they want to go back to the basics as they did with Pitch Black and make it properly without the need of an over-inflated budget.
Combine that with Diesel’s facebook message from early December about them scouting for shooting locations in New Zealand for the new Riddick movie, and we knew it was happening.
Twohy, if you’re unfamiliar with the name, co-wrote and directed both previous Riddick films and the more recent thriller, A Perfect Getaway. I’ve actually enjoyed all of these and I’ve not hid the fact that I’m excited to see another Riddick live-action feature film.

What do you think of the plot details for Riddick?

Universal Pictures, One Race Films and Radar Pictures announced  that principal photography has begun on the action-driven, sci-fi thriller Riddick. The shoot will take place in Montreal.
The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000's hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.
The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.
The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy.
Riddick also sees the return of Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Bourne Supremacy) as Vaako and introduces to the series Jordi Molla (Bad Boys II, Colombiana) as Santana, the arrogant captain of the mercenary ship; Matt Nable (Killer Elite) as Boss Johns, a man looking for answers; Katee Sackhoff (TV's Battlestar Galactica) as the Nordic mercenary Dahl; and Bokeem Woodbine (upcoming Total Recall) as bounty hunter Moss.
Rounding out the cast are Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Nolan Funk (TV's Aliens in America) and two-time Grammy Award-nominated singer Keri Hilson.
The film is produced by Vin Diesel (upcoming Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five) and executive produced by Samantha Vincent (Fast Five, Fast & Furious) for One Race Films. Ted Field (The Last Samurai, Pitch Black) produces for Radar Pictures, while Mike Drake (Dream House, A Nightmare on Elm Street) also executive produces.
Twohy is joined on the film by a talented behind-the-scenes team, including director of photography David Eggby (Pitch Black, Mad Max), production designer Joseph Nemec III (A Perfect Getaway, The Hills Have Eyes, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and editor Tracy Hall (Limitless, A Perfect Getaway, The Flock).
The Riddick franchise has also produced two popular video games: The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena and The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. As well, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released the anime DV The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury.
Riddick, which is shooting in Montreal, Canada, is a One Race Films production. The film will be released by Universal Pictures in the U.S., and Lionsgate is handling international sales.