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In truth, Iíd forgotten that a third Riddick movie, titled Riddick, was released in 2013. That being said, it was a hit, earning $100 million against its $40 million budget. As I said, Vin Dieselís fans like him in familiar franchises.
Things are about to Riddick-ulous, as it looks like there are going to be a few more Chronicles to add to the list. Check out what star Vin Diesel has to say about the franchise's future.
The newest Vin Diesel vehicle, Riddick, spends its first act brooding. Our titular hero is stuck on a planet, abandoned by a group of people who were meant to be allies. Itís a world full of monsters, and fans of the science fiction franchise might relish Riddick taking on some aliens with claws and fangs.
Vin Diesel's well known for playing the antihero Riddick, a warrior in the future who has starred in multiple feature films, the most recent of whichhit theaters back in September and is headed onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD soon. Universal Studios Home Entertainment is releasing Riddick on January 14, 2014.
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As the only new movie in theaters it was expected that Vin Diesel's Riddick would take the top spot, but number one was no box office coup for the sci-fi antihero as ticket sales suggest he may have been better off without another sequel.
As the only new wide release of the weekend, Riddick didn't face a huge challenge on its way to #1 at the box office, and has managed to sneak into place without a necessarily stunning debut. According to the numbers at Deadline the Vin Diesel-starrer opened to $7.3 million on Friday, putting it on track for an $18 to $19 million debut, even though some tracking numbers put it north of $20 million
Itís Labor Day weekend here at the Jersey Shore. And though I havenít been able to track down my boys Paul DelVecchio and Michael Sorrentino Iím still getting my party on. For instance, last night a house full of sub two-year-olds went to bed at 8:30 and us adults made it up until 11PM before crashing. So I think I know a little something about keeping the Jersey Shore right. This week weíve got a slow Labor Day as Riddick comes back to the big screens
In the new film, Riddick is stranded on a desolated planet when a team of bounty hunters locks in on his location and aims to claim the bounty thatís on his head. With a solar storm bearing down on the warring parties, Riddick knows that the mercenaries are the least of his worries.
If you are a dragonÖ do not try to eat Vin Diesel's fingers. This is just one of many lessons to be learned in this new restricted trailer for Riddick, which premiered earlier today during the film's Comic-Con panel and is now online so the rest of us get to feel like we were there. And anyway, if you were there to see it in person, all the other geeks would have seen you cringing when Diesel kicks a blade and chops a guys face in half
Is Vin Diesel really going to be in a Marvel movie? He's definitely wanted us to think so for a while now, leading us on through a lot of vague Facebook posts, but at Comic-Con this afternoon he finally set a date. During a panel for the upcoming Riddick, Diesel answered a question from a fan about all those Marvel hints with a teasing, "There is some very big news coming at the end of this month." He followed it up, obviously, with a huge smile
Up next in Hall H is Universal Pictures' panel, which is showcasing Riddick and Kick-Ass 2. Talent from both summer movies will be in attendance. While Universal's description doesn't give us specifics for Kick-Ass 2, we do know that the sequel to the bloody-thrilling super-hero movie stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Grace Moretz, as well as newcomer Jim Carrey.
Both written and directed by Twohy and produced by Diesel, the new film finds Riddick stranded and left for dead on violent, sun-scorched planet infested by alien predators that would love nothing more than to devour the progatonist's flesh. In order to try and get rescued, Riddick sends off an emergency beacon to try and get some off-world help - but instead he ends up alerting a team of mercenaries who begin hunting for him as well.
Written and directed by David Twohy, who also made 2000's Pitch Black and 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick, the new film finds the titular hero (Diesel) trapped on an incredibly dangerous planet and left for dead. When he sends out an emergency beacon, his cry for help is heard by two different ships: one a group from his past, and the other a band of deadly mercenaries.
The effects in this trailer look fantastic. The sun planet, as a location, is barren without being desolate and depressing. The stunts have an epic scale. And the threatening creatures that surface in the second half of the clip Ė the ones that are going to cause the real headaches for Riddick Ė look positively unbeatable.
Riddick is a sequel to the overblown The Chronicles of Riddick, though Diesel and his director, David Twohy, have been saying theyíd like to get back to the bare-boned approach that worked for the initial foray into the Riddick universe, Pitch Black Ė the movie that helped make Diesel a star back in 2000.
We have seen a number of Riddick photos as director David Twohy continues to tinker on his sequel, from Diesel in character on a throne to the warrior getting contemplative in the rain as he perches on a futuristic motorcycle. The actor makes great use of social media, though itís about time we saw a trailer for the movie.
Seriously though, Iím not a big fan of either the Riddick films or thrones in general, but this is a ridiculously impressive piece of furniture that could possibly top The Big Lebowskiís rug at really tying a room together. If there were ever a perfect place to sit and brood over the huge credit card bill that arrived after a silly and expensive movie merchandise purchase was made, this throne is it
It's strange to think how long fans have been waiting to see Riddick, the upcoming sequel to Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick. Not only will it be the first movie in the franchise since 2004, the project actually started shooting all the way back in January of 2012. But our time without the Alpha Furyan is almost over.
Vin Dieselís Facebook page continues to be one of the best places for updates on the action starís upcoming projects. And really, isnít that the best use of a major starís social media pages? Youíd rather first-look images from Riddick or Fast Six over updates on what Diesel had to eat this morning, right?