Riddick fans, it’s time for some celebration Riddick-style, so grab your weird, curvy knives, put on your gruffest voice, and stumble around in the dark like an idiot, because it is on! Vin Diesel‘s production company One Race has partnered with Universal Television in a multi-year, first look production deal. It appears that the first project we’re going to get out of this deal is a return to the world that Vin Diesel first created with writer/director David Twohy in 2000’s Pitch Black. The show will be called Merc City and will focus on the world of the bounty hunters inside the Riddick universe.
This Vin Diesel guy must be contracting out his sleep because I don’t know how else he has the time to do everything he’s got going on lately. Diesel is taking another run at a Triple X movie in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage , there’s the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, the Fast & Furious sequel, and on top of that, he’s helping to launch a new television division for One Race Films‘ production company called MERC CITY which will look into the lives of the Mercenaries in the Riddick Universe. The man is flat-out busy. (more…)
It is no secret that Vin Diesel likes teasing his fans with potential future film roles via social media. Thusly, ever since Guardians of the Galaxy went into pre-production, Diesel was constantly dropping hints that he was having meetings with Marvel. This led to numerous websites, blogs, and fans speculating as to which character he could possibly be in discussions to play within the Marvel Universe – and in particular, Guardians of the Galaxy, with the role eventually turning out to be Rocket Racoon’s partner in crime Groot. (more…)
You’d dance too if your film was currently the best-selling DVD in the world, and you just heard from the studio that a sequel was in the works.
Join me after the jump if you wanna see if Vin’s got any moves. (more…)
There’s no question that Riddick is one of the biggest bad asses in the galaxy, but Riddick’s portrayer, Vin Diesel, recently proved that he’s capable of making some real gutsy, and risky moves too. For the latest adventure of the killer that can see in the dark, Riddick, Diesel believed so passionately in the project that he leveraged his own house in order to get the money for the movie.
Diesel told this story to The Hollywood Reporter, saying that no sacrifice was apparently too great for the actor to get the third Riddick entry rolling nearly a decade after the release of The Chronicles of Riddick. Considering the ungodly sums of money spent on some films that are pure corporate products, it’s kind of sad that a genuine passion project with the dedication of well-known actor and a filmmaker has to go to the bank for a loan, but it’s heartening to know that that passion’s still tapped in Hollywood.
Here’s what Diesel had to say:
Since it was his passion project, Diesel was dedicated to making the film happen at all costs. “I had to leverage my house,” Diesel said. “If we didn’t finish the film, I would be homeless.”
Of course, Diesel wasn’t assuming much in the way of risk considering he earned a $15 million payday for Fast & Furious 6. I have a feeling he could of at least settled for a studio apartment if things fell through.
Riddick is in theaters everywhere next Friday.
There’s just a week to go until Vin Diesel‘s triumphant return to the big screen as everyone’s favorite final Furyan Riddick. This time around we’ve got two new clips that show just how helpless Riddick is when you chain him up and try to beat the crap out of him. The trouble is, when you learn this lesson, there is no second chance.
Katee Sackoff is looking good, she’s got that tough, hardened, “I will punch you in the mouth” kinda vibe going on. Riddick looks to be a fun movie, none of that “Grand Space Opera” that I felt bogged down the pace of The Chronicles of Riddick, this time we’re back to the Pitch Black vibe that makes Riddick such a great character to watch on the big screen.
With just two weeks to go to the September 6th premiere of Vin Diesel‘s latest portrayal of our favorite Furyan in Riddick, the increased marketing on television and the Internet will be bringing us some new glimpses of what we can expect in the movie. This time around, it’s the new international television spot that wastes no time in setting the tone of the movie.
As Riddick said in the debut trailer, “This ain’t nothing new,” and that’s exactly the way we like it. It’s all back to and about Riddick versus all the monsters, bounty hunters, assassins, and anything else a hostile planet can throw at him with plenty of hard-hitting action.
The third installment in the Riddick franchise is almost upon us. Aptly titled Riddick, the new one will feature Vin Diesel in all the monster-killing goodness he brought to Pitch Black, though with some new faces to help him along. Now, there’s yet another trailer for the film out. Check it out below:
Lesse here… Vin Diesel with weird eyes – check. Monsters and people getting killed – check. Yup, it’s a crappier version of Pitch Black alright. Although the ‘official’ synopsis is as follows:
In the film, 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.
Wanna see Vin Diesel kill lots of shit? Check out the movie when it hits the big screen come September 6th.
Thanks to /film for the heads-up.
We’ve reported last week that Vin Diesel is acting all squirrely about something to do with Marvel and his potential involvement in future film adaptations. And he’s continued to deliver.
During the SDCC panel for Riddick, he let loose another cryptic comment with a little bit more substance (if you choose to look into it that way):
He was asked about rumors he’s been tapped to join the Marvel universe. “It’s the one thing I’m not supposed to talk about it,” he answered. But then he let loose that “there is some very big news coming at the end of this month. … Poor Marvel.”
One of the rumors that are floating about out there right now is that he may be playing the Vision in The Avengers 2, but nothing has been confirmed on that. There may be some more light shed on this during Marvel’s panel, but Diesel did say at the end of this month, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Readers of Entertainment Weekly got a nice treat ahead of San Diego Comic Con this week in the form of new promo photos for some of this year’s hottest films. For those of us who didn’t get their issue, or just didn’t buy one, some kind individual scanned those pages and showed off a bevy of new images from the upcoming All You Need is Kill, Riddick and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. It’s like buying the magazine already.
First up, from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures is the British/American science fiction-action film All You Need is Kill, directed by Doug Liman. The single shot , featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt doesn’t reveal much, but gives you a nice look at the suit worn by Blunt.
Check out the candid shot of Emily and Tom below:
The story unfolds in a near future in which a hive-like alien race, called Mimics, have hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, shredding great cities rubble and leaving millions of human casualties in their wake. No army in the world can match the speed, brutality or seeming prescience of the weaponized Mimic fighters or their telepathic commanders. But now the world’s armies have joined forces for a last stand offensive against the alien horde, with no second chances.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously demoted and then dropped—untrained and ill-equipped—into what amounts to little more than a suicide mission. Cage is killed within minutes, managing to take an Alpha down with him. But, impossibly, he awakens back at the beginning of the same hellish day, and is forced to fight and die again…and again. Direct physical contact with the alien has thrown him into a time loop—dooming him to live out the same brutal combat over and over.
But with each pass, Cage becomes tougher, smarter, and able to engage the Mimics with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski, who has lain waste to more Mimics than anyone on Earth. As Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated battle becomes an opportunity to find the key to annihilating the alien invaders and saving the Earth.
All You Need Is Kill stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Jonas Armstrong, Tony Way, Kick Gurry, Franz Drameh and Charlotte Riley. The film is set to hit theaters June 6th, 2014.
Take a look at the new shots from Riddick and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire after the jump.