Riddick Finally Finds A Release Date Next Fall

It's been nearly a decade since we last saw Vin Diesel slap on a pair of round goggles and go around space being called Riddick, but that streak is coming to an end. Eight years after the release of The Chronicles of Riddick an official release date has been announced for it's sequel.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Universal Pictures will be releasing Riddick into theaters on September 6, 2013 and, what's more, they are planning a corresponding IMAX release to go with it. It will be the first movie in the series to be released during the fall, as Pitch Black was a February release while the previously mentioned Chronicles was out in the heart of summer. But the latest title is currently sitting on prime real estate competition-wise. While not historically a great week for movies, it's currently the only wide release scheduled for that weekend and is spaced far away from 2013's more anticipated titles.

Written and directed by David Twohy, Riddick opens with the titular hero stranded on a wasteland planet betrayed by his own people. Forced to survive on the surface, getting stronger and stronger fighting off predators, he begins a plot for revenge...which is only fascilitated when a team of bounty hunters arrive looking for him. In addition to Diesel, Karl Urban will be reprising a role, returning as Vaako, and new actors to the franchise include Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista, Bokeem Woodbine, and Jordi Molla. To find out more about the sci-fi action flick head over here.

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