Riddick was one of 2013’s most entertaining and satisfying genre movies for many reasons, the most important being that it brought Vin Diesel‘s favorite character back to his darker, more violent roots in gloriously bloody R-rated style. I loved it on first viewing and on the second it just seemed to improve a bit in spite of its flaws.
The movie is hitting Blu-ray in a few weeks and among the extras are an extended director’s cut with eight minutes of additional footage, several behind-the-scenes featurettes, and the motion comic, Riddick: Blindsided, which acts as prequel of sorts to the film.
Blindsided was released online over the summer prior to Riddick‘s theatrical release. You can watch it here below.
Normally, an actor would like to be paid handsomely for a small cameo role in a film, but not Vin Diesel. Instead of receiving a check, the actor received something that was closer to his heart and much more valuable: the rights to his character Riddick. Diesel talked about the trade during the Riddick film premiere in L.A.
In 2006, when Universal was looking to give the Fast & Furious franchise a recharged, they wanted to bring back the face of the franchise to ensure that fans would return for more – four more if you’re keeping count. So when the studio asked Diesel to appear in a cameo role in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift; the actor agreed, but instead of being given a check, the actor acquired the rights to Riddick.
We haven’t heard a whole lot about the third installment in the Chronicles of Riddick trilogy, titled simply Riddick, since we got a peek at that first set photo of star Vin Diesel back in January.
Now comes word that Universal Pictures has set an official release date for the trilogy-maker, which continues the stories told in Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, reserving the September 6, 2013 spot.
It’s been more than seven years since Vin Diesel last put on the goggles and black wife beater to play the dangerous and resourceful criminal anti-hero with exceptional night vision that helped make him an unlikely movie star. Now production has began on Riddick and Diesel has posted the first photo of himself in costume from the film’s set on his Facebook Page.