‘Riddick’ Teaser Trailer: Are You Afraid of the Dark?

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Fans of the Vin Diesel’s 2000 sci-fi action film, Pitch Black have endured a roller-coaster ride of highs and lows over the last thirteen years. After a well-received and financially successful run at the box office, Pitch Black became a cult favorite – spawning a big budget follow-up, The Chronicles of Riddick, with the intention of launching a blockbuster franchise. Unfortunately, the film failed to provide a satisfying sequel for Riddick – crippling the budding franchise.

Yet, Diesel never gave up on a third Riddick film – regularly hinting at ideas that he might pursue. Then, back in May of 2011, the actor confirmed what many fans had been waiting to hear: that a date had been set for the start of production on the film, titled simply, Riddick. Now, after years of waiting, we’re finally getting a look at what Diesel has in store for the film with sneak peek teaser trailer.

The trailer doesn’t provide much context for the overarching Riddick story (or a glimpse of recent Guardians of the Galaxy addition Dave Bautista) – instead reminding viewers of the character’s no-nonsense approach to killing (as well as cautionary tales in the dark). The actual film, however, won’t be solely focused on choking nocturnal creatures, you can read the latest synopsis below:

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.

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Of course, fans will remember that production on Riddick was shut-down mid-shoot after the film ran out of money – leaving Diesel and producers scrambling in search for more funding. We’ll have to wait for release to find out whether or not the delay negatively impacted the final film but after Chronicles of Riddick was criticized for a softer PG-13 rating, the studio agreed to an R rating for the sequel – meaning that Riddick is positioned to deliver an experience that’s more in keeping with its ruthless main character.


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

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  1. looks awsome. been waiting on this for a while

  2. Mediocre CGI: The Movie – Here we go again.

    • Yea, bad looking CGI. I’m betting this movie makes less than 100 million domestically.

      • Yeah, thats kinda obvious that it probably wont make 100 mil domestically. the first didnt. and this one doesnt have to either. its not that kind of film. and if you think every film has to make over 100 mil domestically to be successful youre mistaken. this film only has an estimated budget of 38 mil so as long as it does at least that domestically plus worldwide it will be successful.

        • Yeah, but you can cover it up with the know-how.
          Everything in Riddick always looked like CGI Videogame Cutscene.

          Like, you can still watch “Reign of Fire”, “Moon”, “Cargo” or- yes, even the very first “Resident Evil” and say that the effects are good. And those had rougly half the budget of the original Riddick.

          This will probably be a fine movie, but i’m just saying.
          Film in a desert and put cgi over it, don’t greenscreen everything.
          Know what i mean?

          • The special effects of the first film are good.

            • You’re kidding me right? They looked like the same CGI that you see on the SyFy channel “made for tv” movies.

              • I disagree, I guess.

                • I like the first movie quite a lot. I feel the quality of it, the story, characters, etc, really made this a hidden gem when I found it to rent (I had never seen it advertised for the theatre). The cover on the box could have done more to sell it, that’s about it.

                  • Pitch Black was freakin awesome.

              • I also disagree. The Pitch Black monsters were pretty good. If you didn’t like that movie, I don’t get what you think you’re going to get out of this one.

          • “Reign of Fire”, “Moon”, “Cargo” are horrible not a good counter example.

          • Woah. Woah. Go back right now and watch Resident Evil again. Pitch Black was Two Towers compared to Resident Evil.

    • Who cares, it’s a low budget film, for fans of the series, I do not really care if the movie makes money, I just want it to be good.

    • That’s not what people like the IP for.

    • Its the same CGI company that did the THE GREY, which I thought had pretty great visual effects.

      By the way, there is no way Universal would let Riddick interfere with the worldwide release of Fast 6. That movie needs three months to maximize profits before they confuse audiences with seeing Vin as another character.

  3. Is it me or September a bad time to release a movie.

    • Yes, September can be a dumping ground with a few notable movies but Vin started summer season early with Fast 5, now I guess he wants to end it late with Riddick

  4. I’ll be seeing this opening weekend.

  5. Yes! Cant wait! Hopefully we will be seeing a FULL length trailer soon.

  6. Looks good, so many great movies this year!

  7. I really don’t understand the appeal. Yes pitch black was a fun escape the monster movie but the sequel was just plain dumb.

    The fact that the premise for this is even dumber than the sequel’s makes this most likely a career killer.

    • Vin’s career has been continued thanks to Fast and Furious though. The guy can’t act, has a monotonous voice away from the cameras and seemed like he couldn’t pass 3rd grade in a Letterman interview I saw that really soured me on the guy but his fans have probably already forgotten The Pacifier and other crap he did.

      Personally, the only movie he’s been in that I’ve enjoyed was Saving Private Ryan but I’ll check this out when it hits TV.

      • He is typecast a lot, he has enormous acting range. He just does not get to show it often because of the current hollywood “everything is action” attitude.

        • HOw, then, do we know he has enormous acting range? From his smallish part in Saving Private Ryan? From The Boiler Room? Hell, the Rock found ways to stretch himself on screen.

      • The guy stole every scene in Boiler Room.

  8. Doesn’t this go back to Pitch Black (and partly Dark Fury)? Riddick being hunted by bounty hunters and another lifeform like the ones in Pitch Black.

    Since everyone liked Pitch Black… this is a smart move.

    I think it will do okay.

    • APPARENTLY…the race of necromongers dump him on a deserted planet and claim him dead so a new leader can emerge..riddick uses the merc’s to get off the planet and seek revenge on the necromongers…at least, thats wha i’m told from RELIABLE sources..

  9. I liked the first filme and liked the sequel even more. I don’t care about all the hate people seem to have for it. I can’t wait for this one, and will be there opening weekend. Looks awesome.

    • THe room where the fan club for the second movie meets must be VERY small. Jes’ sayin’.

  10. I love the Riddick movies! Can’t wait!

  11. A long time waiting. But worth the wait.

  12. Vin looks like he’ll carry this movie. I’ll probably end up seeing it.

  13. Looks pretty cool! Wasn’t quite expecting that.

  14. Wow CG is horrible. I couldn’t watch the teaser on the site because my phone doesn’t support flash. So I went to youtube and I kept looking for a different teaser because I thought the preview was for pitch black. This movie CGI is seriously like 10 years behind the curve. And for them to display that in the teaser…. Wow I’m seriously dumbfounded for how bad that looks. This movie will probably male around $40 million. Probably be a profit….

  15. I’m really lookin forword to this. Hopefully it will be better then chronicals of riddick. It’s R so thats a bonus!

    And on a side note. It’s not always about how good the CG in a movie is. Remember the effects in the first one were not all that great but it was still a good story.

  16. It will probably make its profit back, as long its on the same level as Pitch Black then that cool?

  17. Looks promising. But I can’t quite make out what Diesel says towards the end, “Don’t let them take…..”. Help.

    • “Don’t let them take the chains off of me”.

      I’ve been waiting for this movie for a long time now,and I can’t wait for it to come out.

  18. I wonder if they will address how he ends up stranded on some barren planet after he defeated Lord Marshal and is now the leader of the Necromongers.

    I wonder if he was finally out schemed out of his rule by Vaako and Dame Vaako.

    • That would be my guess. I just wonder if he’ll try to get back in control or seek out the Underverse on his own or at this point if he even cares??

  19. Wish there was a way to bring Thandie Newton back into the series…

  20. Guess I’m the only who liked Chronicles.

  21. Thanks for sharing the information about the movie right from its casting and everything. I went through it and liked it. Hope for the great success of the movie.