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11 Things We Learned On The Set Of ‘Riddick’!!!

Back in March of 2012 I visited the Montreal set of Riddick, the third film in the Pitch Black franchise. While you can read PART ONE of my lengthy set report today, you might want to check out this piece if you’re on the go. It even has some info the set report doesn’t have (but then again, there’s plenty of stuff in the bigger piece that’s not here either, so carve out some time to come back to that).

In theaters September 6, “Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy. 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.

Head below for 11 Things We Learned On The Set Of ‘Riddick’!!!

1: It’s Rated “R” For A Good Reason

It does mean something. It means something in your approach to making a movie. There’s something appropriate and liberating and honest and free about going into a picture like this and being able to make it a rated-R picture…” – Vin Diesel

2: It’s Inspired By Jeremiah Johnson

Well at its core this next movie is a survival story about one man surviving a planet and his only way to get off that planet is to call in the mercenaries to get a ride off that planet. So the short version of that is that it is a Jeremiah Johnson like survival story, but with Riddick at the heart of it.” – David Twohy

3: It’s Closer To ‘Pitch Black’ Than ‘Chronicles Of Riddick’

We used taglines like ‘Jeremiah Riddick’ because we scale it back so much and distill it. It’s something we take pride in, because you have films in the Chronicles that are isolated and contained like “Pitch Black”. This might even be more contained because it’s a guy struggling to survive after being betrayed by the power he was just given.” – Vin Diesel

4: But It Still Has Its Own Look

To not look like ‘Pitch Black’ and the ‘Chronicles of Riddick.’” – Production designer Joseph C. Nemec on his goal for the film.

5: They Are Planning Films 4 And 5

The plan now is two more.” Two after this or two including it? “Two after this.” – An exchange with David Twohy

6: It’s Partly Happening Because Of ‘Tokyo Drift’

It wasn’t until that Tokyo Drift cameo came around that everything changed. It’s all…leverage.” – Vin Diesel on the appearance that led to the insanely successful 4th and 5th (and now 6th) installments of the Fast And Furious franchise.

7: Mathew Nable’s Boss Johns Is Looking Cole Hauser From The Original Film.

My character Boss Johns has a fairly decisive sort of motive for appearing and going after Riddick. [To] out some information about my son, which was Little Johns, who was killed in the first Pitch Black. I don’t know what happened to him.

8: Yes, Katee Sackhoff Kicks Some Ass

I think she’s kind of tougher than all of them [the mercs]. She really is. I think I have three fight scenes with Jordi Molla. ” She also might have a fight scene with you-know-who. We’ll see.

9: It Has Some Insane Looking Monsters

Just look at that guy! It’s like an extraterrestrial Beastmaster.

10: Vin Diesel Is Really Into World Building And D&D

Then there’s the world-builder, then there’s that D&D player that’s really meticulous and believes that the audience does care about every little thing and can actually draw the similarities between Riddick’s headdress and the headdress worn by Linus Roache, who reveals at one moment that he is a Furyan that went the wrong path. It’s very, very, very, very subtle.

11: There’s A LOT Of Artillery

With two warships and more guns (and more types of guns) than I could possibly count, every character has a different weapon.



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