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.
Oh, “Fast & Furious 6” – I knew that your Superbowl teaser trailer wouldn’t let me down. Go watch it here. You’ll know it when you see it – it’s the one where everything is (A) blowing up (B) about to blow up or (C) is newly recovering from having recently been explodified.
Tank! Tank! Tank!
The word “AmazeBananas”, which I’ve just coined in reaction to this teaser, is the only possible response to it. Well, that and ‘remember when they just used to nick the odd DVD player or six – talk about changing your career trajectory’. The “Fast and Furious” crew, having stolen and wrecked most of downtown Rio in the last movie (spoilers!) armed with only a couple of muscle cars and some comedy bickering, have now graduated to the world stage. Witness the trailer, which zips from London to Ibiza and thence Germany with nary a breath taken between awesome car stunts and shots of the cast looking super-buff. We’re through the looking glass, people – it’s heist time, global style.
Vehicles flipping? But I thought this was a Merchant Ivory film?
Expect stunts, more stunts, some gratuitous booty shaking which reminds you that the import tuner scene doesn’t exactly pass feminist analysis with flying colours, Vin and Mr The Rock buff-bonding in a wholly non-homoerotic fashion (clothes-line!), European locations (oh, hai there, London Village!) and the most ludicrous, trailer-capping action sequence that I’ve seen since the train job in, oh, “Fast Five“. Cargo plane – that’s all I’m saying.
London, pictured shortly before a visit from Vin Diesel and The Rock rendered it a smoking hole in the ground.
Cars with ramp attachments – seems legit…
The gang’s all here(ish).
By the looks of things, the only way to ramp up the seemingly inevitable seventh entry in the series is to set it on Mars (Don’t give Justin Lin any ideas).
Want now. Is it May yet?
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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In news which will delight anybody who saw last year’s gloriously insane action flick, “Fast Five”, the first of two planned sequels will shoot in Europe this Summer for a 2013 release.
Destroying a major European city this summer, Vin Diesel and The Rock...
Whilst on promotional duties for his next action pic, “G.I. Joe – Retaliation”, “Fast Five” quasi-villain Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson let slip that plans to film the sixth (!) and seventh (!) movies in the series back-to-back have been abandoned, but that the sixth movie is currently scheduled to head to Europe – the UK and Germany are mentioned – this summer for shooting/driving/campy macho posing.
Filming in Germany? Ergo, Autobahns and generous speed limits? Oh, the possibilities…
That the film will shoot in the UK is something of a surprise – the high-speed hijinks of the previous films in the series won’t play quite as well on the M25 unless the film-makers are intent on filming Very Slow Car Chases Whilst In Ten-Mile Tailbacks. Or perhaps we’re going back to the fun and games of the original film and having our American Friends doing doughnuts in Comet and B & Q car parks the length and breadth of the UK?
Who am I kidding – as far as American film makers are concerned, the only place in the UK is London, so that’s where they’ll be going. Vin Diesel on an East London council estate? Can’t see it myself, but I’ll be buying a ticket nonetheless.
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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.