New ‘Riddick’ Image Features a Brooding Vin Diesel on a Throne

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riddick image New Riddick Image Features a Brooding Vin Diesel on a Throne

This summer brings the release of the sixth entry in the Fast and Furious franchise, but the highly anticipated action thriller isn’t the only Vin Diesel sequel to grace the screens this year.

September brings Riddick, featuring the return of the titular antihero first introduced in Pitch Black. The character’s last adventure, 2004 release The Chronicles of Riddick, was tepidly received by both critics and audiences, but Diesel himself has long championed bringing Riddick back to life.

Now the actor has taken to Facebook to release a new still from Riddick. Check it out below:


riddick 2 280x170 New Riddick Image Features a Brooding Vin Diesel on a Throne

 He also wrote:

September 6th 2013!
It has been 9 years since the ‘Chronicles of Riddick’ was released… all along I knew I would eventually have to return to that dark place, the mind of an Alpha Furyan…

The plot of Riddick will see the Furyan warrior stranded on a distant planet and forced to rely on a group of mercenaries to find his way home. One can surmise then that this moment takes place early in the story before things truly go awry for Riddick. Still, the image of him sitting on his throne nicely contrasts with the loss of power he’ll experience during the main action.

The intricacy of the throne indicates that Riddick will retain some of the larger-than-life stylistic choices of the previous film while also retaining the more intimate aesthetic of Pitch Black. The film will reportedly receive an R rating (unlike Chronicles) in an attempt to lure both fans of the series and dark sci-fi thrillers in general.

To some degree, Riddick will be shooting for the same audience as last year’s Dredd. That film, of course, failed to connect at the box office despite positive reviews. It will be an intriguing test of the character’s lasting appeal if Riddick – released nine years after its predecessor – manages to find an audience.

Riddick opens in regular and IMAX theaters on September 6th, 2013.

Source: Facebook

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  1. Riddick, fantastic character but poorly served in Chronicals and we only get a hint of him in Pitch Black, that little suggestion which gets taken away by the end of the film.

    My only concern is that this seems to be a sequal to Chronicals… Riddick has CHANGED by then, as he says at the end of Pitch Black, Riddick DIED on that planet… he learned to value (certain) human life.

    I want to see the Riddick that the whole universe feared the one Johns was hunting down, maybe even before the shine job on his eyes.

    Give me EVIL evil, not GOOD evil….

    • Tanhs

    • The games really help to flesh out the universe, i can really dig it more as a whole, like a Star Wars or Star Trek kind of franchise.

      The games both served as prequels to Pitch Black and then there was that short little anime connecting to Chronicles.

      What i really hate about this new film is the title they went with… they will have completely screwed up their “brand”.

      The games (Butcher Bay, Dark Athena), the anime (Dark Fury) and even the re-released Pitch Black dvd/blu-ray all ended up following suit with The Chronicles of Riddick identity and if you ask me the 2004 movie was kind of the self titled or character titled “Riddick” movie, so why do the same thing twice?

  2. This won’t be half the movie Dredd was.

    • wrong riddick is baddass u just suck!!

      • Sure it is buddy, and next you’ll be telling me Vin Diesel is a good actor.

    • Dredd wasn’t THAT good.

      • It was better than ANY Vin Diesel movie, and it’s not even close.

  3. The Chronicles of Riddick could have been tighter but it was a decent film with lots of good ideas. Its a shame it didn’t live up to expectations but thats the problem with the hype that surrounds these films. Compared to Pitch Black which came from nowhere it was never going to be exactly what people accepted.

  4. So, a coup d’etat will see Riddick forced from the Necromancer throne he inherited at the end of Chronicle?

    • you keep what you kill….

    • Ok

    • Mecromonger*

      • Necromonger*

        haha whoops

        • Necromonger, thank you. Blame iOS’ all-knowing dictionary for that…

  5. Riddick Stark.

  6. Winter is coming.
    Aside from the different chair, this looks like a poster straight out of Game of Thrones.
    Riddick will rule Westeros.

    • More like Conan !!

      • Yes Conan indeed…

  7. I hope this gets back to Riddicks core nature; part animal, part samurai, all anarcharist.

  8. cant wait!!

  9. God of war anyone?

  10. I want my trip to the Underverse

  11. This movie will fail. Yes, it has a following, but so did Dredd. I’d be very surprised if this movie did well in theatres.

    • Does’t Riddick have more of a following than Dredd?

      I think Vin Diesel is a bit more popular than Carl Urban.

      • Even though Judge Dredd & Riddick both have big followings, Judge Dredd is more iconic & well known but only to big comic book fans.

        • As it should be. Riddick is only popular to fans of Vin Diesel and half-baked movies in general.

  12. I like the way Chronicles ended with Riddicj falling onto the throne and then people kneeled to him. I’m looking forward to see Riddick.

  13. This movie will fail but it will fail with a few epic moments

  14. I liked The Chronicles of Riddick better—it balanced the action of Riddick’s fighting skills with a more flushed out surrounding universe. In contrast, Pitch Black seemed to just single-mindedly focus on the awesomeness of Riddick in a relatively one-dimensional survival situation.

    Now, while I grant that The Chronicles of Riddick could have displayed Riddick’s awesomeness better, I think that it is a step backwards to throw Riddick back into a relatively one-dimensional Pitch Black situation. Quite frankly, Riddick’s universe needs to grow or it will die very fast.

    For that reason, my enthusiasm for this anticipated Riddick sequel has cooled off quite a bit. Perhaps I’ll pick it up on blu-ray disc when the price is right.

  15. Is it me or is this the new Conan the Barbarian???