The First ‘Riddick’ Teaser Will Make You Giddy (In A Manly Way)

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Vin Diesel is in all-out comeback mode this year. Not only will he return to the silver screen as Dominic Toretto in Fast & Furious 6 (May 24), but the 45-year old action star will also be reprising his role as Richard B. Riddick in September’s Riddick. The first teaser for the latter found its way online this weekend, and we have your first look at the flick at the end of this post.

Written and directed by David Twohy, who wrote and directed the two previous installments, Pitch Black (2000) and The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), Riddick is a film that fans have been waiting for since it was first mentioned back in 2006. After the second film (Chronicles) received a rather lukewarm reception at the box office, many believed a third entry would be low-budget and/or straight to video, if it happened at all. Vin Diesel, however, was insistent on making a third feature a reality, and continually updated fans on the film’s progress over the next three years. In 2009 the script was finished, and by the fall of 2011 cameras were rolling on set. The official plot synopsis reads:

Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.

Even though I was not exactly crazy about Chronicles Of Riddick, I must admit I am all sorts of excited to see Vin Diesel bring the character of Riddick back once more. In a time where the weakest of films can warrant a sequel based on nothing more than ticket sales, it’s refreshing to see a project come to life with a lead actor who appears as immensely dedicated to the role as the fans who support his work. That kind of passion and drive can lead people to create great things, and the first teaser for Riddick leads you to believe there could be a very good movie opening this September.

You can view the first teaser below. Riddick opens nationwide September 6.

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  • Disappointed that they could not make the movie just as great without pushing it into an R rating…

  • This franchise is pretty much the prime example of how wrong things can go when you force R-rated material into PG-13, family-friendly fare. This new movie would not have happened at all if Pitch Black weren’t a sci-fi classic (and, to a lesser degree, if Escape from Butcher Bay weren’t an M-rated classic of gaming). Chronicles was expensive garbage.

  • Theo

    Riddick was never meant for a pg-13 universe, to begin with. Making the 2nd film pg-13 was just to get a wider audience in the theater seats, which ended up being a bad move make (which somewhat explains why it did so bad in theaters). I’m more than sure that after the bad reviews for “Riddick 2” surfaced the director (David Twohy) thought to himself….”I should have stuck with the same ingredient as the first… that being said….I should have kept the film rated R, like the original was”….If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Even the prequel games were way more gritty than the Pitch black movie was…. But the games felt like they had the right kind of grit for this universe and an antihero like Richard B. Riddick; who was originally molded from the main character,( Scott Taylor Styles) of an unused Alien 3 script which came from an r rated universe as well. An R rating is the perfect rating for Riddick films and his universe. As unpopular as the pg-13 Chronicles of Riddick was in theaters, the unrated dvd version, somewhat made up for it, and was what the theatrical version should at least have been. David Twohy (the director) wanted this new film to have an R rating before he even started directing it. Some films are better off with a mature rating, cause they just wouldn’t feel realistic enough. Imagine how certain films would have turned out with a pg-13 rating…..like Braveheart, Predator, Aliens, The Terminator, Fight Club, etc…. If film watchers don’t like mature adult movies, they simply shouldn’t watch them.