- Cast: Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Jordi Molla, Matt Nable, Katee Sackhoff, Bokeem Woodbine, Dave Bautista, Conrad Pla, Raoul Trujillo, Nolan Funk, Keri Hilson, Antoinette Kalaj, Neil Napier, Noah Danby, Andreas Apergis
- Director: David Twohy
- Writer: David Twohy
- Producers: Vin Diesel, Ted Field, Samantha Vincent
- Co Producers: Camille Brown, Mike Weber
- Executive Producers: Mike Drake, Samantha Vincent, George Zakk
- Art Direction: Jean-Andre Carriere
- Casting: Anne McCarthy
- Costume Design: Simonetta Mariano
- D.O.P.: David Eggby
- Editor: Tracy Adams
- Makeup: Adrien Morot
- Music: Graeme Revell
- Production Design: Joseph C. Nemec III
- Set Decoration: Daniel Carpentier
The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he's encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.
The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won't leave the planet without Riddick's head as their trophy.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Montreal, Canada
- MPAA Warning: Strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity
- Production Budget: $38 million
- Production Companies: One Race Productions, Radar Pictures
- Production Schedule: 23 January 2012 - 30 March 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "Vin Diesel's iconic anti-hero Riddick made a muscular debut in David Twohy's impressive R-rated horror sci-fi tale "Pitch Black". Shot for just $23 million, it more than doubled that at the worldwide box-office and became a home video sensation. It was a strong enough cult success that Universal thought it would be worth trying to turn into a tentpole franchise. Four years later came "The Chronicles of Riddick," a $120 million, PG-13 rated, "Dune" style sci-fi piece with more of an action bent and a whole lot of unnecessarily complicated pseudo-religious mythology.
It disappointed, garnering only its budget back at the worldwide box-office along with generally negative reviews. Once again though, the film had major success on the home market. Game and book spin-offs featuring the character in subsequent months were also solid success stories. After several years of discussion, it was in late 2009 that work finally got under way on this third chapter of the saga. Gone is the larger space opera of the previous film. Instead, this outing goes back to the stripped down, hard R-rated, horror-toned, character-driven survival drama of the first.
Picking up after 'Chronicles', Lord Vaako (Karl Urban) betrays Riddick and leaves him for dead on a desolate planet. Now Riddick has to fight for survival against not just the indigenous alien predators, but bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy who are descending on the planet to take his head. As visions of a woman haunt him, he comes to realise that the only way to survive is to drop the more civilised traits he has picked up and return to his merciless hunter origins.
Proudly scoring an R-rating for "strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity," the $38 million film hit a few financial speed bumps during production, but ultimately it all came together fine. Twohy spent much of last year polishing the film in post and Universal has agreed to give it a release on September 6th. How much of a promo push the film gets will be interesting to see (it feels tailor made for a Comic Con premiere), the move back to a darker and cheaper franchise is a smart idea as it's both more fitting for the character, and gives it better odds of continuing as a franchise."