The September box office kicked off with a single major debut: Universal’s Riddick. After the crazy-crowded summer season, you might think that a break from the competition would guarantee Riddick a robust start. You’d be wrong. The sci-fi sequel wound up with a mediocre estimate of $18.6 million from 3,107 locations instead of the $20-$25 million that many expected. Surrounded by holdovers that are now weeks past their prime, Riddick’s poor showing also helped September’s inaugural frame qualify as 2013’s weakest to date.
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When Riddick was filming in Montreal back in March 2012, I participated in a fantastic group interview with Vin Diesel. The interview took place in the middle of the night after he’d been filming all day. But when he sat down to talk us, he couldn’t have been more excited to give us updates on the film and his plans for future installments. He also talked about how happy he was to be making an R-rated sequel, the challenge of getting Universal Studios onboard, taking the franchise back to a smaller, self contained story, how he enjoys playing an antihero, the action scenes, collaborating with director David Twohy, and so much more. If you’re a fan of Vin Diesel, I promise you’ll love the interview.
Today, we have two images of two leading men with weapons: Vin Diesel as Riddick and Tyler Perry as Alex Cross. Diesel has been hard at work completing the third film in the franchise that started with Pitch Black and continued in The Chronicles of Riddick. This iteration finds our anti-hero left for dead on a desert planet infested with predators. Riddick is forced to activate a beacon that alerts mercenaries to come and collect their prize.
Perry stars in the adaptation of James Patterson’s novel, “Cross,” as the titular detective. Alex Cross pits Perry against a sadistic serial killer (Matthew Fox) in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. Hit the jump to check out the images.
Vin Diesel recently posted some updates on his Facebook page that suggest we might be seeing Riddick as early as January of next year. Principal photography wrapped recently on Riddick, the third film in a franchise that started with Pitch Black. While Diesel was hoping to see a release in 2012, this comes as a good sign that the studio is happy with what they’re seeing. That bodes well, not only for Riddick, but for the potential sequels if Riddick proves commercially successful. Be sure to check out some images from set here. The extensive cast includes Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Molla, Bokeem Woodbine, David Bautista, Matt Nable, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Funk, and Keri Hilson. Hit the jump to see what Diesel had to say.
While you probably know her as Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica, Katee Sackhoff will soon have a new sci-fi franchise to add to her repertoire. We previously reported that Sackhoff was being considered for a role opposite Vin Diesel in the upcoming sci-fi flick, Riddick. It now looks as if she’s a lock as Sackhoff is reported to be in final negotiations for the role. She’ll be playing Dahl, a Nordic mercenary tasked with tracking down the titular anti-hero. Also playing the mercenary game is Jordi Molla (Blow) who will play Santana, a leader of an eight-man crew bent on killing Riddick. Things are not looking up for our favorite Furyan.
The third installment of the franchise that started with Pitch Black and staggered with The Chronicles of Riddick was once again written and directed by David Twohy; it also stars Karl Urban reprising his role as Lord Vaako. Hit the jump for more on Riddick.
Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick are among the many Vin Diesel movies I’ve never seen, but I respect the fondness for the character among fans. Diesel has spoken in the past about a possible sequel, which may be coming sooner than expected. Diesel has spoken with writer/director David Twohy about Riddick, and it could film as early as this summer with an R rating and everything. One caveat:
“[Twohy] just landed in New York with the good news. We can start filming this summer. However, there is a catch… in order for us to make a true R rated film, I must work for scale upfront.”
Read everything Diesel had to say about Riddick after the jump.
Lots of new details have come to light regarding David Twohy’s third Riddick movie with the worst detail being the title: The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking. If you’re thinking about making your title a pun: don’t. Thankfully, that’s the worst-sounding part of the new film. Corona Coming Attractions has read the script for the new film and learned that we’re going back to meaner, leaner Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel). The character has given up the Necromonger crown, shrugged off the shackles of civilization, and returned to his home planet of Furya. The only problem is that now he’s being stalked by deadly creatures and deadly mercenaries.
Hit the jump for more details on the film.
In an article detailing the sale of the recently-announced and long-awaited third installment in Vin Diesel and David Twohy’s Riddick series, THR has revealed a few new details on the project. Here’s what they have to say:
Though billed as a back-to-basics approach to the character popularized by Diesel, the script features the character — the most wanted man in the galaxy — left for dead on a barren alien planet, dealing with “trisons” (three-legged bisons) and “mud demons.” He must then contend with two squads of bounty hunters, one of which ride rockets called jetcycles.
Riddick versus monsters and bounty hunters is definitely the basics and removed from the silly necromonger-plot of the second film. I don’t need prison planets or sun planets or planets of the dead. I need a bad-ass anti-hero and that’s why my favorite moment in The Chronicles of Riddick is “I’m going to kill you with my teacup.”
It turns out that Vin Diesel is no longer full of shit. After many years of what seemed like manufactured buzz from the actor to keep his fans interested, Variety now reports that Diesel and writer/director David Twohy will finally make the third installment in the Chronicles of Riddick franchise. Diesel has continued to keep hope alive in a sequel ever since the cliffhanger ending of 2003′s The Chronicles of Riddick. Despite the lackluster box office of part two, the film did manage to gross $116 million worldwide and spawn two successful videogames (Escape from Butcher Bay and Assault on Dark Athena) Universal has decided to finally give the greenlight to telling the next chapter in the tale of the eye-shinin’ anti-hero.
Hit the jump for details on the project and speculation on why it’s finally come to life.
I like Vin Diesel. I really like “Pitch Black” and “The Chronicles of Riddick”. In fact, I like both movies so much that when I had an opportunity to speak with writer/director David Twohy last week for his new movie “A Perfect Getaway”, I made sure to ask him everything I could think of about a 3rd “Riddick” movie. And you know what he said? “I think we will make another movie when Vin commits fully to it”. He went on to say “I’m calling him out. Did you see me?” Meaning, he’d love to make one, but it’s not on him.
So I have to ask: Does this sound like a writer/director getting ready to turn in a new script next month on a third “Riddick” movie? Because according to Vin Diesel (via Facebook) that’s what he’s doing. So I think it’s finally time to say it. Vin Diesel is full of shit. Find out why after the jump:
As I just said in the intro of my Timothy Olyphant interview, just a few hours ago I was on the red carpet of writer/director David Twohy’s new film “A Perfect Getaway”. The film stars Timothy Olyphant, Milla Jovovich, Kiele Sanchez, Chris Hemsworth, Marley Shelton and Steve Zahn and it’s a murder mystery that takes place in Hawaii. It’s a film where you’re constantly trying to figure out who are the murderer’s.
Anyway, while I asked him about his latest film, since I’m a big fan of “Pitch Black” and “The Chronicles of Riddick”, I also asked what’s the status of a 3rd Riddick movie. The other thing I asked was did he ever have an idea for the third Riddick film when they were making the 2nd one. Finally, David talked about his next film “Crying Havoc” and said Ridley Scott will be producing it. Watch the interview after the jump: