After a nine year series hiatus, actor, Vin Diesel finally has an official date to announce for his return as the intergalactic convict-turned-space-savior named Riddick.
According to the star himself, September 6, 2013 will be the date that the long-awaited third film in the series, simply titled Riddick will make its way to theaters -- in IMAX, no less.
For Diesel, it's been a long road to get this project moving. However, it was a process where he and the creative forces used the outlet of social media to garner fan input. As a result, the announcement of the release date for the now-completed film seemed to be an emotional one for the star.
Find out what he has to say below and check out a brand new photo from the set.
Posting the announcement on his Facebook, Diesel made a heartfelt shoutout to the fans:
"Our page has been up for over three years...
Before FB knew what a million fans was... you pioneers of social media were chanting for the next chapter. So for me, it is surreal to look back at some of the older posts, and the comments that followed. Even the discussion boards... haha, I remember a great thread one of you created comparing biblical characters to the Furyan. The art work you have created over the years... you made it happen.
September 6th 2013
You really do inspire me... and your voice is manifesting, what you want to see... and yeah, that's cool.
P.s. I know, I am talking too much... but I am proud of you..."
Why does Diesel seem so emotional? Well, that's because the idea of this project getting off the ground in the first place is somewhat of a miracle.
Beginning with the 2000 low budget sleeper hit, Pitch Black, the franchise made a triumphant return, armed with major Hollywood coffers in 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick. However, despite a rather ubiquitous hype campaign, which included an innovative storyline crossover with original Xbox video game, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, the film barely made back its $105 million budget.
With that in context, this upcoming threequel (made for a "modest" $38 million,) really does stand out as a love letter to the fans. As you can see in the pic below, Diesel stands proud in his Riddick digs next to director, David Twohy.
This time around, Ridick is left alone on a desolate planet full of its nasty indigenous wildlife. Of course, his problems will only compound themselves when bounty hunters from across the galaxy come looking to cash-in on Riddick's dilemma. (And they might not abide by Darth Vader's "no disintegrations" rule.)
With Star Trek's, Karl Urban reprising his role from Chronicles as Vaako, plus Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff and former WWE wrestler and current MMA fighter, Dave Bautista on board, we'll certainly find out how Riddick gets out of this sucky situation on September 6, 2013.