ICYMI: Riddick Officially Starts Production

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Vin Diesel in The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) Movie ImageIf you haven’t been following Vin Diesel on Facebook, then you might not be aware that he and writer/director David Twohy is already hard at work on the third entry in their Riddick franchise. The film is underway, and here’s the press release, with a whole new synopsis, to prove it.

Universal Pictures, One Race Films and Radar Pictures announced today that principal photography has begun on the action-driven, sci-fi thriller Riddick. The shoot will take place in Montreal.

The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

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.

Riddick also sees the return of Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Bourne Supremacy) as Vaako and introduces to the series Jordi Molla (Bad Boys II, Colombiana) as Santana, the arrogant captain of the mercenary ship; Matt Nable (Killer Elite) as Boss Johns, a man looking for answers; Katee Sackhoff (TV’s Battlestar Galactica) as the Nordic mercenary Dahl; and Bokeem Woodbine (upcoming Total Recall) as bounty hunter Moss. Rounding out the cast are Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Nolan Funk (TV’s Aliens in America) and two-time Grammy Award-nominated singer Keri Hilson.

Karl Urban in The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) Movie Image

The film is produced by Vin Diesel (upcoming Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five) and executive produced by Samantha Vincent (Fast Five, Fast & Furious) for One Race Films. Ted Field (The Last Samurai, Pitch Black) produces for Radar Pictures, while Mike Drake (Dream House, A Nightmare on Elm Street) also executive produces.

Twohy is joined on the film by a talented behind-the-scenes team, including director of photography David Eggby (Pitch Black, Mad Max), production designer Joseph Nemec III (A Perfect Getaway, The Hills Have Eyes, Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and editor Tracy Hall (Limitless, A Perfect Getaway, The Flock).

The Riddick franchise has also produced two popular video games: The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena and The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay. As well, Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released the anime DVD The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury.

Riddick, which is shooting in Montreal, Canada, is a One Race Films production. The film will be released by Universal Pictures in the U.S., and Lionsgate is handling international sales.

See? Told ya.

Here’s the last pic Diesel Facebook’ed:

Vin Diesel in Riddick (2013) Movie Image

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  • Lexavi80

    I had NO idea Karl Urban was on these movies. Good enough reason for me to get them now.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      He was the one of the main antagonists in “Chronicles of Riddick”

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    I actually can’t wait for this. I actually liked “Chronicles” and thought the departure from the formula established in “Pitch Black” was ballsy but necesarry. To basically have him on a planet in total darkness fighting aliens again would’ve been weak. At least with this film we get a little of what was cool about “Chronilces” that being him interacting with oters in the world of Riddick, but we’ll get a more visceral story. teh inclusion of Johns’ father (Johns was the Merc who captured Riddick in Pitch Black but didn’t survive) is also a good way to tie this to the first film.