Though there is no official release date yet for Vin Diesel’s next installment in the Riddick saga, director David Twohy says he is in full “crunch time” mode. Fully immersed in post-production, that means he’s putting in 14-hour work days dealing with sound, editing, and putting together the 900 plus special effects shots in the film.
As busy as he is, Twohy paused long enough to post this photo on his blog…
That’s him in the middle with his arms crossed, but the most interesting part of this image is in background. Looming over the top of Twohy and company is the first glimpse we’ve had at a logo for Riddick.
Though this teaser image harkens back to the first film in the franchise, Pitch Black, the real question arises, is that a sunrise or sunset? For Riddick’s sake, let’s hope it’s a sunset. With his prison-surgery enhanced eyes, he does much better in the darkness than the light.
From all indications, Riddick will be more in line with Pitch Black than the sequel, Chronicles of Riddick. The film has already garnered an R rating with the MPAA for violent content, which is a plus in my book, and with all of the starts, stops, and inventive funding, the film should have less studio interference and stay true to Diesel and Twohy’s vision.
While Chronicles is a massive, sprawling story that attempts to establish an extended world and intricate backstory, Riddick feels like a smaller story, more in line with the first film. Left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick discovers that he isn’t alone. Engaging in a life-or-death battle for survival against vicious alien creatures, Riddick does the only thing he can think of, signal all of the mercenaries who are after him for a rich bounty. One of these soldiers-of-fortune has a more personal interest in Riddick, and if all of that wasn’t bad enough, there’s a major storm—real, not metaphorical—on the way.
Riddick has its sights set on a release sometime early in 2013. The film stars Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine, Jordi Molla, Dave Bautista, Raoul Trujillo, and Nolan Gerard Funk.