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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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.
And so say we all...
In casting news apparently designed to increase the level of awesome in the universe by a factor of 237%, Deadline Hollywood today reports that Katee Sackhoff is in final negotiations to sign on as the female lead in the currently untitled “Riddick” movie.
Oh, hell yeah!
Spanish actor Jordi Molla is also in talks to add to his rich back catalogue of bad guy roles – you might remember him being spectacularly over the top in “Bad Boys 2” as the wholly un-stereotypical drug dealer villain.
Production is due to get under way shortly after apparent money woes locked the production out of its Canadian facility at the end of 2011. In related news, if it will help get this film made any more quickly, I have a bit of Amazon credit that Vin can gladly have…
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More news from the “Riddick” verse – Horror blog Bloody Disgusting reports that Karl Urban may be about to return in “Riddick 3” as Lord Vaako, the sort-of-bad-guy he played in “The Chronicles of Riddick”.
And I ask you again, milady - what the frak happened to my chuffing hair?
Not a confirmed return yet, but a welcome one, should it actually happen. As Empire’s story notes, it’s good to see that Universal, David Twohy and Vin Diesel don’t appear to be ignoring the second movie entirely with this reboot and are keeping continuity in play.
Bad ass mother trucker or Oakley spokesmodel? The eternal debate.
With the rejuvenated success of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, a third “Riddick” movie and a potential third “XXX” actioner, does anybody else feel like they’ve woken up back in the early part of the Noughties?
Full-on epic, makes me want to watch "Riddick" again...
Via the lovely folks at Empire, and Vin Diesel himself via his Facebook page, comes this latest slice of concept art for the third movie in the “Riddick” series.
Titled “The Last Stand of Riddick”, this gives you more of a glimpse at the tone that all concerned are aiming for. With Ridley Scott directing a new, sort-of “Alien” movie and the forthcoming Neill Blomkamp epic “Elysium”, it appears that we may get some proper science fiction movies in the multiplex in the next 18 months, for which I am grateful.