From everything we know about the film, Vin Diesel and director David Twohy’s sci-fi actioner Riddick is going to fall more in line with Pitch Black, the first film in the trilogy, than with the sequel, Chronicles of Riddick. This new 20-second teaser, the first footage we’ve seen from the film, confirms precisely that. Check it out for yourself, and we’ll discuss the matter further down below.
The overall aesthetic of this video is definitely in line with the sun-scorched appearance of the first film, rather than the heavily computer-generated world of Chronicles. I’m not going to lie, this fact makes me very happy. Pitch Black is a grim story about a space outlaw forming an uneasy alliance with his captors in order to survive. It plays out a lot like an intergalactic western. On the other hand, the sequel always felt toned down—for an audience-friendly PG-13 rating—and incomplete. Chronicles is mildly fun, but they try to make Riddick, a hardened killer, into something he’s not, a hero. An anti-hero, sure, but not a traditional leading man.
Having watched this clip, I can’t wait until Riddick hits theaters this fall. This promises a ton of tough sci-fi action. And again, it’s Vin Diesel, via his Facebook page, who unleashed this video for fans. Almost every look we’ve had has come from him. It’s pretty awesome that he’s so excited about the film.
Left for dead on what appears to be a lifeless planet, Riddick soon finds that there is more stirring than he thought, and becomes embroiled in a dire battle with the creatures who inhabit the rock. We get a couple of looks at them in the video. His only avenue of escape is to reveal his location to the bounty hunters who hunt him across the galaxy. When they arrive, he encounters a vicious new breed of mercenary, and an old face none too happy to see him.
After a long, bumpy road that included starts and stops in production, Riddick finally opens in theaters on September 6, 2013. The film also stars Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine, Dave Bautista, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Funk, and Keri Hilson.