Early ‘Riddick 3′ Concept Art

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Action star Vin Diesel has been going against the tide with the way he updates people on his movie projects, by opting use to Facebook instead of the now-popular Twitter. His latest update on the third Riddick film – which has a tentative title of simply Riddick – is some early concept art.

The confirmation of Riddick 3 came in February and right now the project is in pre-production with a tentative shooting start date of sometime later this year. Supposedly the third film will be more Pitch Black than Chronicles of Riddick (thank god!) and we even learned recently what the plot will roughly be).

Here’s what we know:

“Riddick” delivers on both counts. Though billed as a back-to-basics approach to the character popularized by Diesel, the script features the character — the most wanted man in the galaxy — left for dead on a barren alien planet, dealing with “trisons” (three-legged bisons) and “mud demons.” He must then contend with two squads of bounty hunters, one of which ride rockets called jetcycles.

Sounds like the right back-to-basics plot Riddick needs, the kind that focuses more on the actual titular character and less on the world that surrounds him (one of the many, many, problems The Chronicles of Riddick had).

Check out the cool early concept art, which appears to show Riddick losing a battle with one of those “mud demons” mentioned in the plot description above. Below it we’ve also included the Facebook message Diesel left:

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Early Riddick concept art… first frame of a 2D Motion Choreography Study.

Grrrr…

The Furian… left for dead…

p.s. Being involved in the various preproduction engines, I am afforded an education that is priceless. I have always been a fan of internships as a way of education. When Steven Spielberg hired me for ‘Ryan, the running joke was, that I would have come to set to just get him coffee… haha, he didn’t have to write a role for me – it was an amazingly educational experience.

Although just concept art that may not actually be used for the movie, the pic still hints that they’re heading in the right direction with Riddick. Out of the two creatures mentioned in the plot outline above – “trisons” and “mud demons” – I think the one depicted above is more likely the “mud demon” because it has four legs (“trisons” supposedly have just three).

I’m excited to see another Riddick film. Even though the second one let me down immensely, I still think the character has so much potential as a franchise action hero. I love Pitch Black, and the fact that Riddick looks to be getting back to what made that first film so great makes me anticipate it greatly.

What do you make of the the early concept art for Riddick? Do you think with that they’re taking the franchise back in the right direction?

Riddick will supposedly start filming sometime later this year and you can expect a 2011 release (although nothing has actually been set).

Source: Vin Diesel’s Facebook Page (via First Showing)

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  1. This is likely to get me torn apart from what I've taken from the general consensus, but what exactly was SO terrible about Chronicles of Riddick? I feel like it's one of those movies I always watch when I come across it while flipping through the channels.

  2. I actually liked Chronicles of Riddick. I enjoyed both films and I hope that the 3rd movie doesnt “de-power” Riddick's newly acquired army.

  3. yea i loved the second film, plus what happend to his army?

  4. You're not the only one. Seems like there's been a rash of posts lately that don't qualify brief statements about why something is good or bad. What I'd learned throughout college is that if you can't qualify a tangent, leave it out.

    Overall, I enjoyed TCOR, and the main thing that I gathered that caused problems was there was so much going on. A whole universe had to be introduced in the film, but I felt like the director's cut alleviated that a bit. Like others have already posted, I hope all of that work isn't utterly dismissed, and that the planet is even a part of the Underverse. If that's what they do then I'm completely on board, though that wouldn't explain the bounty hunters. Maybe Necromonger bounty hunters assigned by Vaako? I'd be game for that.

    Trusting they stick with initial projections for what they wanted the next two movies to be, this upcoming one would be based on the Underverse, and the last one would be at Furia. Here's hoping.

  5. Count me as another fan of TCOR – I can't remember if I saw it in the theater, but I've damn sure seen it a half dozen times on cable. :)

  6. I enjoyed it as well. As did my bro-in-law. After watching the making-of documentary I had an even better appreciation of the film.

    But then I liked Transformers 2 as well…and as I recall, the 'powers that be' at Screen Rant didn't like that one either. (Oh, hi Vic! what up? :O)

  7. so the consensus is that TCOR was awesome and Mr. Miller is the underwhelming minority on this one? lol. Not only was it a VERY entertaining movie, but the conclusion was EPIC! DON'T WANNA WAIT til the 3rd installment. @HISTEACHN, you had some pretty damn good ideas for the next film. Maybe you should try to make those reach the right people. lol.

  8. I agree with other posters here. I really enjoyed Chronicles of Riddick. I liked that they envisioned something different than pitch black and continued the evolution of Riddicks character. It was a widesweeping story, but I thought it was well developed and told. I am looking forward to a third film, but mostly becaus the last two fiilms were done so well. I think I also liked that the sequel that could be do well as a stand alone film. I hope they don't try to leave behind completely the Universe (and Underverse) that they have created in the last film.

  9. Hey, like a lot of folks, I'm just pleased they seem to not be totally dismissing what happened in the TCOR. I really don't like it when some films cop-out and go “oh, just forget we ever did that” to ideas that weren't all bad. I personally liked the ending of Pitch Black where Riddick said something to the effect “it should have been me,” so I just hope they continue to expand the character that way.

  10. I was part of TCOR and it helped me move from my condo to a house. Got the “re-shoots” gig too. The film cost big $ and didn’t make enough. By comparison, you’d prefer to be the exec producer of The Pacifier, but you probably wouldn’t want to sit through that kind of film. Yes, TCOR was brilliant, but it was too heavily mortgaged. Twohy is brilliant and he will make the third film a delight. He may have to ditch a lot of TCOR’s trappings to get the show off the ground though (investment). I predict a new direction for pragmatic reasons but a good film because Twohy is a great writer and he’ll work it the way he has too.

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