Release Date: September 6
Director: David Twohy
The universe's most infamous eyeshining-assbeater is back for another round of against-the-odds action. This time, he's left stranded on a hostile, perpetually-sun-scorching planet with vicious creatures and killer bounty hunters on his tail.
What We Know:
Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) just can't seem to hold on to the good things in life. Apparently that whole "being crowned new Lord Marshall of the Necromongers" thing was short-lived. The fortune-deprived Furyan now finds himself stranded on a harsh planet with a weather forecast that would simply read, "blazing hot afternoon up until...forever."
Of course, what unforgiving alien planet would be complete without a set of indigenous creatures looking to make our hero their lunch? Indeed, the planet has forced Riddick to utilize his impressive repertoire of reaping as he maintains a marathon of massacres just to survive. The solution to this dilemma: Riddick must locate an emergency beacon which, contrary to conventional thinking, will not send for help, but rather, alert a group of angry elite mercenaries who have been looking for him so that he can fight a lopsided battle to jack their ship. -- Sounds like a plan, right?
Now, for Riddick, the pot of gold at the end of this proverbial rainbow involves tangling with the toughest, meanest, and generally unpleasant mercs the universe has ever seen who look to cash-in on our castaway. However, the arrival of another ship run by a man with a personal vendetta could make for rare serendipity when a bad guy battle royale ensues as each party fights to nab Riddick for themselves. Yet, with all the carnage, looms a serious storm in which no living being will want to be caught, so time is of the essence.
Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista, Matt Nable, Nolan Gerard Funk, Raoul Trujillo, Jordi Mollà, and pop star, Keri Hilson fill the cast. Additionally, Karl Urban reprises his role from The Chronicles of Riddick as Vaako.
(Katee Sackhoff as Nordic bounty hunter, "Dahl" and former WWE wrestler, Dave Bautista as mercenary, "Diaz.")
What We Expect:
Back in 2000, the low-budget, star-deprived Pitch Black managed to make waves and turned its main player, Vin Diesel into a household name. For a while, audiences thought the next big action/sci-fi franchise was found. Apparently, so did Universal Pictures, who dropped $105 million for its 2004 follow-up, The Chronicles of Riddick. The film would manage to drum-up a paltry worldwide gross of $115. (A profit that barely covered catering.) As a result, the ensuing inertia of the franchise was understandable. However, after maintaining a cult following, the fans have expressed support for this follow-up with social networking.
Now, after a 9 year absence, the Riddick film franchise makes its odds-defying return, thanks, in part to the fan community along with the continued interest of star, Vin Diesel and the franchise's repertory director, David Twohy. However, don't expect the same big-budget grandiose Greek tragedy in space that we got with Chronicles. With a reduced budget of $38 million, barely over Pitch Black's $23 million, it's clear that this will be a more insular, scaled-back entry.
With that being said, don't expect it to look like something made on the cheap. Long in-the-making, there's clearly a lot of passion behind this project from both Diesel and the creative forces. It has everything it needs to return to its gritty Pitch Black survival roots, with a healthy mixture of ultra-violence. It's a tone more befitting of the Riddick character as he once again battles the elements while this time finding himself the center of some serious conflicting forces.
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