Riddick, the third installment in Vin Diesel and David Twohy’s “Furyan Chronicles,” is gradually inching towards us. We won’t see the film for a few months, not until September 6, but that isn’t going to stop the promotion machine from kicking into gear. The sci-fi actioner is scheduled to have a significant presence later this month at San Diego Comic-Con—star Diesel has said that he plans to attend the nerdy gathering—and they’ve been churning out photos, trailers, and posters, like this latest offering.
The image shows the titular space outlaw (Diesel) in a familiar pose, crouching, knife in hand, fancy futuristic sunglasses on, and ready to strike. I’m glad they decided changed things up a bit on this poster, the last few, while still pretty cool, were getting a bit samey. Most of the one sheets were taken up by a close up of Riddick’s face, partially hidden in shadows, tinged a different, sinister looking color. This isn’t the most original picture—there have already been a ton of stills that look remarkably similar to this—but at least they’re mixing things up.
This poster also gives Riddick a new, tough sounding tag line: “Survival is his revenge.” While we can debate whether or not that statement is true, if simply living constitutes an act of vengeance or not, it does hit on two key points in these films. First, Riddick is a guy who likes to even the score, so you know retribution will play a significant part. And a little cinematic revenge usually makes for a good time in my book.
The second point is his penchant for living through events that tend to kill many other people. We’ve seen him fight monsters in Pitch Black, tangle with the Necromongers in Chronicles of Riddick a few years later, and generally survive in barren, hostile, crappy situations. Given what we know of the latest film, this trend appears destined to continue.
Chapter three in the life of Riddick finds the anti-hero stranded on what at first appears to be a sun scorched, desolate world. However, when he encounters the inhabitants of this planet, a bunch of mean looking creatures that are none too pleased to see him, he’s in for the fight of his life. His only avenue of escape is to alert the swarm of bounty hunters that dog him across the universe, and hope he can sweet talk them out of a lift off of this rock.
Already tagged with an R rating, something Diesel felt the film needed, Riddick is reportedly more in line with the grim, stripped down Pitch Black than the bloated, hamstrung Chronicles. The film also stars Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Molla, Bokeem Woodbine, and Dave Bautista.