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Riddick Sequel, TV Series & Universe Announced

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Riddick is going the route of Marvel and DC as Vin Diesel has announced a “Riddick Universe” with the sequel to the 2013 film and a new TV series.

Vin Diesel posted on Instagram that the next Riddick movie will be titled Chronicles of Riddick: Furia.

In addition, a spinoff TV series is in development titled Merc City which will follow the Merc and Bounty Hunters of the Riddick Universe.

The Riddick Universe kicked off back in 2000 with Pitch Black, followed by The Chronicles Of Riddick in 2004 and then Riddick in 2013.

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Universal Wants To Develop Riddick Sequel Says Vin Diesel (Video)

Vin Diesel has released a video where the actor lets it be known that the Riddick DVD is currently #1 on the same charts as well as that Universal is ready to develop a sequel.

Check out the video of Vin Diesel that he released on Facebook where he mentions the Riddick sequel (at about the 3:10 mark).

I’m just excited and happy, and I’m shouting out to you guys to say thank you. Universal just called me and told me Riddick is number one on the DVD charts. There’s no way Riddick would have been made without you guys. You know that. And you guys have been a part of our page since 2012, and remember how arduous a road it was to get the movie made, and to make it rated-R, and to do it with such a low budget. It’s a win for all of us and I really really thank you so much. Yeah, I’m excited. And of course, Universal is also saying they want to develop the next one!

 

 

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Watch First 10 Minutes Of Riddick Right In Time For The Blu-Ray

Universal has released the first ten minutes of Riddick right in time for the Blu-Ray which gets released on January 14th.

Synopsis:

Prepare for the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fifilm Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. 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.

Riddick stars Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff and Dave Bautista.

Check out our Riddick review.

Order through Amazon for a discount.

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Movie Review: Riddick (2013)

Remixing History

A Film review of Riddick

By: Lawrence Napoli

 

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Anyone familiar with the Riddick Trilogy could have easily seen the trailers for this most recent installment and said, “Hey, I think I’ve seen that before,” and they would be absolutely correct. It seems as if the formula for this excruciatingly rigid character can find no wiggle room outside of stories strictly about being hunted by mercs. What I find most distasteful is the fact that Riddick returns to his roots with an almost exact, bullet point for bullet point, plot recreation of Pitch Black. Of course, this isn’t much of a big deal for those showing up late to the Riddick party, and I can completely understand seeing how these films never seemed to reach an audience outside a cult following. The fans, on the other hand, will be somewhat disappointed because despite the charisma of the character, the story is completely recycled and appears to be going nowhere fast.

Riddick is a film that had no business being made in the first place seeing how Universal and Vin Diesel had abandoned the franchise after the abysmal performance of The Chronicles of Riddick back in 2004 when that film’s global take at the box office was only $10 million dollars more than its production budget of $105 million. According to the Riddick Wiki page, Diesel and filmmaker David Twohy secured the rights to produce a sequel that promised to return to the basics, which in turn got Universal interested in distributing it. In order to finance this production’s near $40 million dollar budget, Diesel leveraged his own house, and what followed was a series of financial setbacks that sandbagged the whole production. Despite these clear red flags, the production managed to pull through and land in the can, and I have much respect for all the crew, production staff and cast that made the film a reality. But an “A for effort” does not a film worthy of your hard-earned dollars make, especially when the story was supposedly going to bigger and more interesting places. “Due to private funding and a limited budget, the ‘Underverse’ plot could not be continued.”

Clearly, the real world of dollars and cents encroached heavily on this page of Hollywood history, but when big bucks, bigger names and the best effects cannot be relied upon to deliver the spectacle; writing is the only gun you have left in the cabinet. Unfortunately for Riddick, this tale is shooting blanks. I completely understand looking to a franchise’s original film for inspiration in troubled times during a follow-up, but carbon copying the basics of that story is inexcusable. If writer/director David Twohy was so starved for creativity thanks to his distracting production woes and multiple responsibilities, he should have considered shamelessly rebooting the Furyan all together, and why not? Reboots are in. As it stands, the story picks up all but immediately where we left Riddick as the Lord Marshall of the Necromongers, the most powerful force in the galaxy. So naturally, we spend 5 minutes of Riddick taking all of that away from him and stranding old shiny eyes on yet another god forbidden planet. Insert the plot of Pitch Black here (mercs show up, precise killing, creepy crawlies target everyone, an uneasy alliance occurs, retrieving a ship’s power source to escape), and that’s Riddick in a nutshell. I couldn’t tell if the revisited story was more annoying than the awkward cursing by everyone that seemed too forced to overemphasize everyone’s status as a bad ass or the ever bland one-liners by Riddick himself whose quotes easily devolve to vintage Stallone/Schwarzenegger. I understand that certain conventions are inevitable in sci-fi/action films, but that wasn’t what made this franchise (and this character) unique in the first place. Playing around with themes of light vs. dark both literally and contextually through character, rooting for the supposed bad guy and a shoestring budget yielding a big picture look are all things that made Pitch Black unique. There’s nothing unique about Riddick.

I will give the production staff a lot of credit for making this film at least look the part of a big time Hollywood production. Detailed creature CG is sporadic, but very functional in wider angles. Gunplay is standard issue, but not particularly intense. Landscapes are bright, but rudimentary. Costumes are necessarily minimal and vehicles are easily the most impressive in how they move amidst the backdrops they are framed within. I am absolutely certain that Vin Diesel’s home is safe, and an opening weekend just under $19 million is certainly a step in the right direction. However, if the true purpose of this production was to transform this franchise into a more cost effective carrot to dangle in front of studios for future film development, the audience needs more than a good looking movie to spread that word of mouth like wildfire. $40 million dollars can only get you so far, but higher stakes, rounder characters and a unique plot would’ve brought more butts to the theatres.

Riddick is not a film that contains what anyone would refer to as a marquee performance by anyone, but considering its production woes, getting “average” out of anyone could be considered a major victory. Gone is the charm from the likes of Keith David and Judi Dench, and as nice as it was to see Karl Urban again as Vaako, his cameo is merely five minutes of interesting (and far too brief) exposition that connects this film to the last. The cast is basically a collection of tough guys and gals that are physical, intimidating and as flat as your kitchen table. That’s not a bad thing in and of itself, but plenty of action films in the past have had similar requirements of their casts and a number of them proved capable of doing more with less, performance-wise. This is Vin Diesel’s baby, and as much as I appreciate his efforts as a labor of love, he’s still Dominic Toretto with glowing eyes. Jason Statham plays Jason Statham like Michael Cera plays Michael Cera and so too is the same with Diesel. He’s a tough guy without the most staccato of line deliveries. He gives you everything you could possibly expect of him in Riddick.

I actually enjoyed Pitch Black and much of that was thanks to Diesel’s performance as Riddick. He cares about his character and he cares about these stories, and that is something that you just don’t see with most Hollywood productions (especially the big-budget-effect ones). Unfortunately, Riddick is simply not good enough to recommend to anyone paying any price for a general admission. This is a Netflix/On Demand situation all day long, and for all the money and effort that went into making this film, I can’t help but think it could have been more if the filmmakers hadn’t simply gone to ground with the safest, plausible scenario they could think up to make this franchise profitable again. You’d think a smaller budget with less corporate ties and interfering influences would help foster more spontaneity and courage in regards to story and character, but this was not the case for this film. Oh conventionalism, you truly are a silent killer. The audience covets your familiarity, but your lasting impression involves the individual thinking about all the other things he or she could have been doing rather than subjecting themselves to something else they’ve probably seen many times before. My suggestion: Put your $10 towards GTA 5 which comes out in just over a week.

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New Riddick TV Spot “Now Playing” Starring Vin Diesel

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Riddick is now playing in theaters starring Vin Diesel where the movie grossed $900,000 in its midnight openings.

Speaking of now playing, check out the new TV spot for Riddick.

Riddick has a September 6, 2013 release directed by David Twohy and also starring Karl Urban and Dave Bautista.

Synopsis:

Prepare for the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fifilm Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. 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.

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Vin Diesel F-Bombs Batman and Bomb Affleck; Katee Sackhoff Mentions Harley Quinn Again (Video)

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The new Riddick movie starring Vin Diesel had its world premiere this week with – what else – the new Batman brought up.

Vin Diesel was asked about his thoughts on the new Batman as well as the announcement and reaction of the actor playing the role.

“I don’t give a f– about Batman,” Diesel said. “Or who plays Batman.”

Then a QnA with the fans was presented with Diesel kidding that the question read: “Do you think you would make a good Batman?”

Diesel goes on to state to leave Affleck alone and Warner Bros. can hire whoever they want. The actor is also rumored for the voice of Groot in the Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

Watch the full video for yourself below.

Katee Sackhoff also talks about Batman, and once again says she would like to play The Joker’s girlfriend Harley Quinn.

Riddick opens Friday.

The sequel to “Man of Steel” goes into production next year for a July 17, 2015 release also starring Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

For more news on the “Man of Steel” and related movies head on over to the Cosmic Book News Superman movie hub.

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Riddick (2013) “Ambushed” Clip Now Online With Vin Diesel

Check out a new Riddick clip below featuring Vin Diesel getting ambushed!

Riddick has a September 6, 2013 release directed by David Twohy and also starring Karl Urban and Dave Bautista.

Synopsis:

Prepare for the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fifilm Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. 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.

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Riddick (2013) World Premiere Announced & Trailer #4

It’s been announced that the Riddick premier will be held August 28th, with the following image of Vin Diesel and Katee Sackoff released.

Update: You can also check out the fourth trailer below.

The world premiere for Riddick is this month…

August 28th…

P.s. What we have talked about for years, is finally here…

You can also check out the Riddick Red-Band Comic-Con trailer.

Riddick has a September 6, 2013 release directed by David Twohy and also starring Karl Urban and Dave Bautista.

Synopsis:

Prepare for the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fifilm Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. 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.

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Riddick Motion Comic Comic-Con Video Now Online

Debuting at Comic-Con was the following Riddick motion-comic based on the upcoming movie.

Below you can check out almost 6 minutes worth of motion comic goodness.

Riddick has a September 6, 2013 release directed by David Twohy and also starring Karl Urban, Katie Sackoff, and Dave Bautista. 

Synopsis:

Prepare for the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fifilm Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. 

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. 

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New Riddick Red-Band Comic-Con Trailer Now Online

With Vin Diesel at Comic-Con a new red-band trailer for Riddick has been released online.

Check it out below.

Riddick has a September 6, 2013 release directed by David Twohy and also starring Karl Urban, Katie Sackoff, and Dave Bautista. 

Synopsis:

Prepare for the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fifilm Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. 

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. 

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Riddick TV Spot #2 Now Online

A new TV spot for Riddick starring Vin Diesel has been released.

Vin Diesel and Riddick will be featured at this week’s Comic-Con.

Riddick has a September 6, 2013 release directed by David Twohy and also starring Karl Urban, Katie Sackoff, and Dave Bautista. 

Synopsis:

Prepare for the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fifilm Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. 

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. 

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New Riddick Image Featuring Katee Sackhoff, Matthew Noble & Vin Diesel

Below you can check out a new image for Riddick featuring Katee Sackhoff, Matthew Noble and Vin Diesel.

Vin Diesel will be at the upcoming Comic-Con as part of the Riddick panel as well.

Riddick has a September 6, 2013 release directed by David Twohy and also starring Karl Urban, Katie Sackoff, and Dave Bautista.

Synopsis:

Prepare for the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fifilm Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. 

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. 

(via EW)

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Riddick TV Spot #1 Now Online

The first TV spot for Riddick has been released online and can be viewed below.

Riddick has a September 6, 2013 release directed by David Twohy and also starring Karl Urban, Katie Sackoff, and Dave Bautista.

Synopsis:

Prepare for the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fifilm Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. 

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. 

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New Movie Poster For Riddick Released

A new movie poster for Riddick has been released online featuring Vin Diesel.

Riddick has a September 6, 2013 release directed by David Twohy and also starring Karl Urban, Katie Sackoff, and Dave Bautista.

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Synopsis:

Prepare for the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fifilm Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. 

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. 

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Riddick (2013) IMAX Poster Revealed; Confirmed R-Rating & Vin Diesel At SDCC

Vin Diesel revealed the following IMAX poster for Riddick, confirmed it’s R-Rating as well as an appearance at this Summer’s San Diego Comic-Con.

The long anticipated release of Riddick… the rated R continuation of the Furyan Chronicles, is now less than 3 months away…

September 6th… Imax!

I tell you this my people, because without your voice, it would have never come to pass.

P.s. San Diego Comic-Con International 2013, July 19… see you there.

Riddick has a September 6, 2013 release directed by David Twohy and also starring Karl Urban, Katie Sackoff, and Dave Bautista.

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Synopsis:

Prepare for the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fifilm Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick. 

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. 

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Riddick International Trailer Now Online

In addition to the new poster and news of Vin Diesel attending this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, a new international trailer for Riddick has been released online.

Synopsis:

Prepare for the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fifilm Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick

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. 

Riddick has a September 6, 2013 release directed by David Twohy and also starring Karl Urban, Katie Sackoff, and Dave Bautista.

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Vin Diesel Coming To San Diego Comic-Con; With New Riddick Poster

Vin Diesel will be coming to the San Diego Comic-Con this Summer for his new Riddick movie, and below you can check out a first look at a new SDCC poster.

Vin Diesel revealed the poster on his Facebook announcing that he hasn’t been to Comic-Con in 10 years as well.

Looks like he is coming this time.

It’s been over decade, since I’ve been to Comic-Con…

Grrr…

The Furyan… 

P.s. First look at the 2013 Comic-Con, Riddick poster.

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Synopsis:

Prepare for 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

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. 

Riddick has a September 6, 2013 release directed by David Twohy and also starring Karl Urban, Katie Sackoff, and Dave Bautista.

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Riddick Bows To No Man In New Movie Banner

A new movie banner for Riddick has been released which reveals that Vin Diesel bows to no man!

Synopsis:

Prepare for 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

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. 

Riddick has a September 6, 2013 release directed by David Twohy and also starring Karl Urban, Katie Sackoff, and Dave Bautista.

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New Riddick (2013) Trailer Now Online With Posters & Images

A new trailer for Riddick has landed online.

Synopsis:

Prepare for 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. 

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. 

Riddick has a September 6, 2013 release directed by David Twohy and also starring Karl Urban, Katie Sackoff, and Dave Bautista.

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