‘Riddick’ Lands An R Rating

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Riddick Release Date Sequels Vin Diesel Riddick Lands An R Rating

Vin Diesel has been championing a third Riddick installment (simply titled Riddick) for years now, despite Chronicle of Riddick‘s under-performance at the box office. The project has overcome such obstacles as multiple production delays and even a collapse of funding at one point; meanwhile, Diesel has been building hype for the film by harnessing the power of the Internet – that is, releasing production stills and offering updates through his Facebook page.

Riddick is still without an official release date, but it has now taken one step closer to its goal of making it into theaters – namely, landing an official rating from the MPAA.

David Twohy wrote and directed the third Riddick movie, which has been sold as a return to the meaner and leaner thrills of Pitch Black; as opposed to the grand sci-fi epic design of Chronicles of Riddick, both of which Twohy also wrote and helmed. The storyline, as detailed in the official synopsis below, does fit with a grittier installment; hence, it’s encouraging to learn the film has indeed landed an R Rating (for “strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity”):

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.

The cast for Riddick includes Karl Urban (Dredd 3D), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica), Bokeem Woodbine (Total Recall), Jordi Molla (Colombiana), Dave Bautista (The Man with the Iron Fists), Raoul Trujillo (Cowboys & Aliens), and Nolan Gerard Funk (House at the End of the Street). We will let you know when it lands an official release date.


Source: Box Office Mojo

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  1. I liked Pitch Black a lot and love The Chronicles of Riddick. Looking forward to the much belated third installment very much.

  2. Glad to see the movie moving forward but I really enjoyed the grand sci-fi scope of chronicles. Would have loved to see that play out a bit more!

    • I second that. I loved Chronicles. I am not sure what people found wrong with it. Besides an R rating it was a solid sci-fi movie.

    • Grand sci-fi or rather fantasy… Chronicles in my opinion strayed a bit too far into that fantasy territory. Pitch black was great (forgive me for the comparison, but had a Whedon’s Serenity vibe, which worked) and had they continued this asthetic it would have made more sense, the necromongers just didnt fit. Like they were out of i fantasy novel and not a sci/fi one. Damn underverse. Hehe.

  3. So is Karl Urban reprising his role from Chronicles?

    • Rumour has it that he will only have a small role to make the connection to CoR and to send him off on his new adventure. My bet would be that Riddick hands the reign over the Necromongers over to Vaako and then he will be off on his merry lone wolf way.

      • Sounds good to me.

  4. Looking forward to it. I’m guessing they’ll go for a spring/early summer release. I’m hoping for the former.

    I didn’t mind that Chronicles was PG-13. I don’t think it took a lot away from the movie and I actually liked it more than the first.

  5. I like how every sequel is described as “Grittier”.

    That is until the movie comes out and it sucks…so then the sequel to the sequel promises to be “Darker and Grittier”.

    • Agree. I liked Pitch Black, Hated Chronicles ( it was just trying to hard ). This ones sounds better but I’ll wait to judge until I see it.

      • Yeah the small scale for pitch back was nice. it was more like alien. Chronicles tried to be star wars or something. and riddick seems a return to for. More like Predator now which is a good thing.

  6. They should have given it an F rating if it is going to be anything like the first one. How did this thing even get green lit in the first place. The Chronicles of Riddick was a box office bomb and was panned by the critics. I wasn’t hearing a whole lot of buzz or anyone calling for a sequel to the first one.

    • Luckily I don’t care too much about “the critics” and the box office results. I’m one of those creeps who make up their own minds. ;)

  7. Wonder if they’re gonna make another videogame. Mr. Diesel has proven to be a surprisingly good game producer.

  8. i dont get the plot, why does he call in bad guys when he’s trying to get out of the planet that is full of hardcore aliens ? unless he plans to hijack one of the ships in which case i say that’s a pretty piss poor method of escape (since you increase the chance of dying due to all the mercs coming in for you).

    • He’s been defeating mercs for a while, so why stop now?
      Makes sense to me, since that’s his only way off.

    • Riddick is a loner and pretty much no one likes him, being a former serial killer and all, his only two friends he made in Pitch Black died in Chronicles so the only people who would come for him would probably be mercs.

      • Well, after becoming the leader of the Necromongers I would imagine there would be those who would help him.
        It doesn’t sound like he had a choice of people to call though. Activating an emergency beacon that mercs can track is a lot different than grabbing your cell phone and calling up your local merc to come give you a ride.

  9. PB and CoR were both solid films and deserved better box office revenue. Perhaps lack of advertising was cause. Since CoR was good I have faith in same director making another solid Riddick.

  10. Is this a reboot or a sequel? Even though Chronicles of Riddick sucked, I still would like to know what happens next.

    • it can probably be considered a “loose” sequel as it does take place after chronicles but it doesnt sound like the film will have much to do with chronicles, it will be more standalone.

  11. I actually like Chronicles of Riddick better than Pitch Black. I especially liked the ending.

  12. WHAT ! At the End Of Part 2 He Was The Necro King ! “YOU KEEP WHAT YOU KILL” that whole Bit, What are we supposed to just Forget that Ending ?? I hope they Explain this SOON & B4 IT OPENS IN MOVIES