The first full-length trailer for Riddick was released late last week. After the fallout from 2006’s The Chronicle of Riddick, it seemed that all hope for a sequel had been dashed. But our anti-hero, portrayed by Vin Diesel, is back and searching for the answer to this question: “You’re not afraid of the dark, are you?”
The clip calls to mind everything audiences loved about the first movie, Pitch Black. Once again, Riddick finds himself on a seemingly deserted sun-scorched planet. Come nighttime though, he quickly learns he’s not alone. But the humans who will surely come after him are the least of his worries. Alien predators are out for human blood, and they are fiercer than anything or anyone he’s ever encountered. To defeat them, Riddick must join forces with the mercenaries who are bent on capturing him. The body count is sure to rise on both sides in this deadly game of hide-and-seek.
Pitch Black, which was released in February 2000, brought in more than $53 million at the box office and became a cult hit. Its sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick, which picked up five years after its predecessor plot-wise, cost more than four times as much to make. More stylized action, plus the addition of Thandie Newton and Judi Dench, were intended to bring in more bucks by introducing the series to a wider audience. But the plan backfired. Original fans were alienated and the movie was panned by critics. Having learned from that experience, Vin Diesel and director David Twohy have gone back to the original formula.
Riddick will premiere on September 6. Karl Urban will reprise his role as Vaako. Battlestar Galactica’s Starbuck (Katee Sackhoff) also stars in the film.
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