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Vin Diesel posts Riddick concept art, confirms an R-rating

09.06.2011

Vin Diesel had always imagined a trilogy for his character Riddick and had a lot of grand ideas in between PITCH BLACK and THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK. But then CHRONICLES opened. And sucked. And his plans for a trilogy were dashed. But a funny thing happened in the years since. The FAST/FURIOUS franchise has been a major hit for Universal and they're inclined to give Mr. Diesel another shot at his pet project. So while he preps FAST SIX (or whatever they're calling it), he's in development on RIDDICK, the final part of the trilogy.

Diesel took to his Facebook page, which has a gazillion followers or something, this weekend to talk about the film and update the fans. The actor posted this concept art because, "we all know how much [he enjoys] concept art and storyboards"... (Of course we knew that!)

So far we know that Riddick will have blood, black paint or Hershey's syrup splashed across his face (I can only hope this is a big scene where Riddick tears into a banana split). Diesel went on to say that they'll be filming in Canada (likely Vancouver, where CHRONICLES was shot) and added this note in closing: "I am grateful to have Universal in such support of this complex character's journey... not many studios would back an R rating. Very cool."

There was a lot of speculation that Universal would want a PG-13 for this film but an R-rating may mean they're looking to get closer to the lo-fi feel of PITCH BLACK than the overblown epic of CHRONICES.

Source: Facebook

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2:06AM on 09/07/2011
I liked Pitch Black. I even liked Diesel in it. But "Chronicles" was overblown. I could not finish that film for the life of me. It just...reached too far. This film will flop. Let's face it, there's just NOT a fanbase for this franchise. Pitch Black should have been left as a standalone film.
I liked Pitch Black. I even liked Diesel in it. But "Chronicles" was overblown. I could not finish that film for the life of me. It just...reached too far. This film will flop. Let's face it, there's just NOT a fanbase for this franchise. Pitch Black should have been left as a standalone film.
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9:22PM on 09/06/2011
i feel like the first two were so close to being that special kind of scifi epic but not quite there. maybe this can be the push the franchise needs
i feel like the first two were so close to being that special kind of scifi epic but not quite there. maybe this can be the push the franchise needs
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8:00PM on 09/06/2011
I agree with Sulaco. Both PB and CoR were good films, but different in tone. PB was more low budget and almost horror, while CoR was more universe epic.

I believe they wanted PB to be more of a prologue to a trilogy of 3 epic sci-films. But now, due to the financial disappointment of CoR, they had to re-think and go back to the low budget basics and make the sequel more like PB than CoR.
I agree with Sulaco. Both PB and CoR were good films, but different in tone. PB was more low budget and almost horror, while CoR was more universe epic.

I believe they wanted PB to be more of a prologue to a trilogy of 3 epic sci-films. But now, due to the financial disappointment of CoR, they had to re-think and go back to the low budget basics and make the sequel more like PB than CoR.
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7:23PM on 09/06/2011
Wow, some people actually though Chronicles of Riddick was a good film? Are these the same peolpe who liked Transformers 2?
Wow, some people actually though Chronicles of Riddick was a good film? Are these the same peolpe who liked Transformers 2?
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4:55PM on 09/06/2011
As long as they get a better writer than the dude who just grabbed a handful of dog shit, smeared it on the page and called it Chronicles of Riddick
As long as they get a better writer than the dude who just grabbed a handful of dog shit, smeared it on the page and called it Chronicles of Riddick
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2:11AM on 09/07/2011
Hahaha yes! That is right on those movies suck nasty balls
Hahaha yes! That is right on those movies suck nasty balls
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2:48PM on 09/06/2011
Chronicles is not a bad film...it's just in this rare position where it has to make the leap from a really low-fi hard R version in first installment...to a really epically scaled PG-13 version in it's second...which is a TONE SHIFT that is hard to swallow bc they are such vastly different films.
Chronicles is not a bad film...it's just in this rare position where it has to make the leap from a really low-fi hard R version in first installment...to a really epically scaled PG-13 version in it's second...which is a TONE SHIFT that is hard to swallow bc they are such vastly different films.
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1:42PM on 09/06/2011
Sick of everyone saying chronicles sucked it didnt it just wasnt pitch black.....

same with ghostbusters 2 and predator 2 they didnt suck just didnt live up to the original
Sick of everyone saying chronicles sucked it didnt it just wasnt pitch black.....

same with ghostbusters 2 and predator 2 they didnt suck just didnt live up to the original
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6:26PM on 09/06/2011
no sequel ever does actually.
no sequel ever does actually.
1:34PM on 09/06/2011
Loved Chronicles for all its overblown insanity, and even though they claim to be toning that down a bit for the third film, I'm still very much looking forward to the next Riddick.
Loved Chronicles for all its overblown insanity, and even though they claim to be toning that down a bit for the third film, I'm still very much looking forward to the next Riddick.
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12:39PM on 09/06/2011
So far, it's a step in the right direction.
So far, it's a step in the right direction.
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12:05PM on 09/06/2011
Ooo, an R rating how exciting! Yeah, yeah, funny how everyone always envisions these things as trilogies with hindsight.
Ooo, an R rating how exciting! Yeah, yeah, funny how everyone always envisions these things as trilogies with hindsight.
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12:01PM on 09/06/2011
Loved Pitch Black, loved Chronicles (haters be damned), and can't wait for this new one!
Loved Pitch Black, loved Chronicles (haters be damned), and can't wait for this new one!
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11:05AM on 09/06/2011

"this complex character's journey"

lol. Riddick is a complex character?
lol. Riddick is a complex character?
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11:00AM on 09/06/2011
Pitch Black was an interesting enough concept, though not the best movie, and Chronicles even worse...I'm about as excited for this as another Underworld installment....
Pitch Black was an interesting enough concept, though not the best movie, and Chronicles even worse...I'm about as excited for this as another Underworld installment....
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10:52AM on 09/06/2011

Diesel was born through Riddick...

This is his greatest character and I can't wait for the next chapter.
This is his greatest character and I can't wait for the next chapter.
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