After months of drip-fed stills, we’ve finally got a first look at the new “Riddick” movie in motion.
It’s a teaser trailer in the truest sense of the word, clocking in at a brief 22 seconds, but no doubt acts as the outrider for a longer glimpse at What Vin Did Next – perhaps due in front of an audience primed and ready for the vehicular smack-down of “Fast Six“?
Whilst many an online movie outlet has been downright sniffy about the low-key publicity campaign that Diesel and longtime collaborator David Twohy have been engaged in – most updates on the project have come directly via Diesel’s Facebook group – I can’t help but feel that this strategy is a smart one which might be copied by any new media-savvy star. Why not convert that millions-strong Twitter following into engaged consumers storming the box office come Friday night and the release of your new flick?
Films increasingly cost an absurd amount of money to make, and any way of engaging and reaching out to people who will get the word out to their friends and family about a new release can only help a film’s opening weekend in a marketplace which is more competitive than ever. This third outing for “Riddick” is, after all, a more stripped-down effort than the second film’s budget-straining, Sci-Fantasy universe building, so surely any attempt to intelligently engage with an audience who want to see the film has to make more sense than blanketing television channels with adverts that Tivo owners just zip through?
We’ll see who has the last laugh when the film opens in the US on September 6th.
When did David Twohy morph into Billy Bob Thornton? Did I miss a meeting?
Which is to say, the eagerly awaited (by nerds like me) new “Riddick” movie opens in the US on the 6th of September 2013 – it’s got a release date, IMAX makeover and everything! Huzzah for monosyllabic, goggle-wearing anti-heroic bad-asses!
It’s a smart move as this date positions it in the early autumn genre slot which has been kind in recent years to the likes of the “Resident Evil” series and gets it out-of-the-way of the last of Summer’s heavy hitters – for example, the Matt Damon starring, Neill Blomkamp directed sci-fi actioner, “Elysium“, which opens in early August next year.
And, by that time, we’ll have had another slice of absurd automotive carnage with the latest entry in his other action franchise, “Fast Six” , having opened earlier in the spring, thus ensuring that Mr Diesel’s star has never been more in the ascendant. Or so his people must be hoping – nobody wants to see more kiddie-skewing family comedies in his future, surely? Let this man make an epic, geeky fantasy movie with a “D & D” flavour – there’s bound to be at least 5, maybe 6 other people on the planet who’d pay to see that, surely?
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The French distributor for Vin Diesel and writer/director David Twohy‘s return to the dark underverse of their anti-hero have kindly posted the teaser poster for next year’s movie, a random act of internet niceness which was brought to my attention by those nice Den of Geek folks in the first instance.
And you know what posters are the harbinger of, don’t you?
And as I truly, madly, deeply want some new Riddick action in my life, that happy trailer release day can’t come soon enough – if it’s not here with us by the end of next week, I’ll let Hagrid my Saluki/Poodle cross take me for a walk (Actually, that happens quite a lot, so it’s not really the role-reversal that you might imagine).
TL:DR version? New “Riddick” poster. Pretty! Trailer, please!
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Yep, that’s the galaxy’s surliest anti-hero Richard B. Riddick, as portrayed by this blog’s favourite action movie star, Sir Vin of Diesel, in a moment of on-set reflection whilst he shoots (and punches, and stabs) the new film.
Is it 2013 yet? No? Oh bugger.
If you head over to His Dieselness’ Facebook page (I know, I know, I don’t like this most ubiquitous of social media platforms, but what can you do when that’s where everything’s going down?), you can take a look at some more images from the third Riddick film and some of Vin’s actually charming and actorly digressions on filming, friends and this business we call show.
He comes across as some delightfully daffy combination of British theatrical knight, Sly Stallone-esque guy from the neighbourhood and that nerdy “D&D” player who somehow made it big and gets to do what he loves for a living. And you’ve got to love him for that.
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What every stylish, messianic anti-hero is wearing this season...
If you want to know something about the next “Riddick” movie, there’s only one place that you need to be – Vin Diesel’s Facebook page.
I’m quite keen on this approach of sharing information, I have to confess – is it better to just send the picture out to the usual snarky film bloggers who are going to talk smack about a film that they have no interest in or to send it directly to the people who care about the latest updates and are, you know, eventually going to buy movie tickets and Blu Rays?
Makes sense to me.
Not much in the way of additional detail other than my supposition that this picture does seem to show His Dieselness in a variation of the Necromonger gear which he sported in “The Chronicles of Riddick”.
Just an observation – don’t shoot the (geeky) messenger.
Yep, that's the guy who locked us out of the studio. Where's my teacup?
TMZ were all over this story at the weekend, but as they’re a somewhat icky gossip site I didn’t want to post about this story until I had confirmation (so here’s a story from Collider, instead) – it appears that the new “Riddick” movie’s cash crisis has been sorted out and the film can head back into production in Canada at the end of December.
What the movie blogs are telling us is that this “Riddick” is a smaller-scale, neo-Indie production, which is closer to the tough-as-nails, small-scale original “Pitch Black” than the galaxy-spanning, operatic “Chronicles of Riddick” sequel.
Much as I would love to see Riddick leading his newly acquired Necromonger army on a dark and strange trip across the “Pitch Black”-verse, it might be best for Diesel and writer/director David Twohy to scale things back and tell a smaller-scale story which values thrills and bleakness over spectacle and gigantic FX sequences.
Just as long as we don’t begin this movie with Karl Urban and the rest of his Necro-posse having been summarily dispatched off-screen, a-la Newt and Hicks in “Alien 3”. That would, I need hardly remind you, suck somewhat…
As a gamer it’s happened to all of us, at one time or another.
You’ve battled through level after level of escalating enemies, mini-bosses, end-of-level Uber-Demons and then found yourself hunkering down and dying time after time in a seemingly vain, uphill battle against borderline-abusive games design (Hello, crap difficulty spike at the end of “Warhammer 40K: Space Marine” – SPOILERS if you haven’t reached the end of the game!).
Kotaku today has a good piece by Luke Plunkett which muses on a different strategy – should games actively reward you for getting closer to finishing the game?
And no, New Game Plus isn’t what I’m talking about.
"Prepare to die"? Yep, that's a sales pitch which always works on me...
Kotaku‘s man posits that more games could learn from “The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay” and give the player an occasional assist to foster the urge to get to the end of the game – the Riddick game gives you a cool piece of hardware in a climactic set-piece, much as the second “Gears of War” let you wreak havoc with a Brumak creature as you moved towards the end of the game.
I’m inclined to agree – if you’ve shown the gumption, skills and bloody-minded dedication to get near to the end of the game, why not throw your tired consumers a quick slice of awesome to gee them up a little?
It can’t be that difficult to implement and who doesn’t want to feel momentarily super-awesome when you get your virtual mitts on some +infinity to enemy damage spell or the use of some uber sword to hack away at waves of enemies?
I’m not one Teh Hardcorez, so the idea of suffering through a crappy experience to prove gamer cred is not one which holds much weight with me. Games peeps – hear your audience’s cries!
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