It’s a touch hilarious to watch Vin Diesel share images and candids from the set of the new Riddick film on his Facebook, where images of the badass Furyan character sit among the soft-glow head-shots and cheesy photoshopped portraits on his page. The depth of Diesel’s compassionate nerdiness is evidenced on his wall, which he pretty much treats like a myspage page, but you can’t dig on him too much as he’s cultivated about 30m fans on the service alone. That’s not a bad start for buzz-drumming your film this far out…
In any event, here we are with a few new photos (very diesel-centric, obviously) from Riddick, meanwhile Shock Till You Drop nabbed a much fuller description of the plot than we’ve yet seen.
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.
I like the idea of this film returning to a smaller, more intimate sci-fi action story like Pitch Black, but that they’ve flipped the coin and that it could now be called… I dunno, Fuckin’ Bright? It’s an obvious idea, putting Riddick in the total opposite of his native habitat, but one that could definitely make for a fun flick.
STYD also managed a rundown of the cast, which sees Karl Urban returning to his role of Vaako, and brings on Bokeem Woodbine and Battlestar Galactica vet Katee Sackhoff.
The production is deep in it up in Montreal, so expect Diesel to keep up with the stills. Hopefully they’ll all be more of these cool production images, rather than more high-angle Myspace shot of him in a silly costume in the bathroom.