Even though we keep hearing more and more news about the upcoming Pitch Black / Chronicles of Riddick sequel film, Riddick, it’s still hard to believe it is really happening. After all, it’s been eight years, twice the distance between Chronicles and Riddick as there were between the first two films. Moreover, Chronicles of Riddick alienated a chunk of the fanbase — myself included — who felt that the sprawling, epic storyline seemed an uncomfortable fit for the anti-hero at its center. Now we finally know when we’ll get to find out if Riddick was worth the wait. Universal Pictures has announced that Riddick will be opening in theaters and IMAX on September 6, 2013.
Along with the release date announcement, the movie’s official Facebook page posted this snazzy shot of Vin Diesel as Riddick, alongside writer/director David Twohy.
The Riddick movies have clearly been a passion project for Diesel and Twohy, and even though I didn’t love the last movie as much as I do Pitch Black, it’s still great to see the two of them get to return to this universe they obviously care so much about. I’m hoping the film as a whole follows the standard set by the stripped-down title itself, a return to the basics of what makes the character so much fun. Strand him in an unforgiving landscape with a bunch of people who want him dead, then lean back and watch the blood flow.
Here’s the official synopsis for Riddick, and hopefully we’ll see a first trailer sometime soon in the coming months. You can keep track of the project at the official Facebook page.
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.