I’ve been waiting for the new Riddick movie ever since Chronicles Of Riddick came out in 2004. I thought that movie, and it’s infinitely superior director’s cut, was one of the most evocative, creative and interesting new worlds in science fiction to come around in a long time. No movie has ever really opened up a universe so widely and amazingly the way they did with the jump from Pitch Black to CoR. Between the heavy push to make an all new franchise under the “Chronicles Of Riddick” banner, Pitch Black became The Chronicles Of Riddick: Pitch Black, an anime short film was released called CoR: Dark Fury, and of course there was just Chronicles of Riddick, which presupposed its own banner name by using it as the title of the film. At the time David Twohy talked about turning Chronicles Of Riddick into a trilogy, and expanding the mythos even further. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, because CoR failed pretty spectacularly at the box office. The fact that we’re even getting a sequel, is to me, a damned amazing thing in and of itself, and I’m incredibly thankful to even have it at all. While it’s a bummer we won’t get the epic trilogy Twohy originally planned, I’m positive this will still be an amazing film. Now finally, close to a decade later, we get to see Riddick on the big screen again, and it’s a damned great thing. This teaser for it is exactly the kind of teaser I like to see, which is it shows the scale of the film, doesn’t give away plot details, and lets you know what the style, look, and feel of the film will be. It’s what a teaser should be.
[quote] Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy. 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. [/quote]
Now aside from looking totally badass, I do have one complaint, and that’s that we’re running into a Rambo-esque naming problem with the movies here. No film franchise is as confusingly named as the Rambo franchise. You’ve got First Blood, Rambo: First Blood Part 2, then they just cut out First Blood from the title and called the third movie, Rambo 3. Then the fourth movie they just called RAMBO, as if to say “F**K EVERYTHING, IT’S RAMBO WHO CARES RIGHT?”, and I’m afraid the Riddick franchise is doing a similar thing. If you had no knowledge of the Riddick Franchise, you’d be pretty confused about which movie goes first in any sort of chronological timeline. Furthermore are they all even still united under the ostensible brand of “Chronicles Of Riddick” anymore? I’ve seen reissues of Pitch Black just as Pitch Black now, without the CoR brand, and Dark Fury is more or less being ignored, and then there’s the video games which were AMAZING, but nobody played them either. Now we’ve just got “Riddick” with no CoR brand and well I guess I just give up. Listen, I’m not complaining. I’m totally stoked for the film. Honest. Now let’s hurry up and get it into theaters where it’ll bomb horribly and kill the franchise once and for all.
Excuse me, that sound you hear is the sound of my tears hitting the floor.