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The Chronicles of Riddick - Preview



Preview by: Jack Foley

THE Vin Diesel success story appears to have been hitting troubled times, of late.

Having been set to take on the James Bond franchise with his xXx persona, and having turned his back on The Fast and the Furious sequels, everything seemed geared towards making the actor one of the most highly-sought after action men since Stallone and Schwarzenegger in their heyday.

A couple of years on, however, and Diesel has dropped out of the xXx franchise, along with director, Rob Cohen, and there is even talk of him returning to The Fast and the Furious, for a possible third film in the series.

One thing has remained constant, however, and that is the determination to stick with one of his favourite characters, the anti-hero, Richard B Riddick.

The follow-up movie to sleeper hit, Pitch Black, is due for release as part of the Summer blockbuster season, and is still intended as the first in an epic trilogy.

It’s called The Chronicles of Riddick and, if all goes to plan, will mark the start of a sci-fi series to rival The Lord of the Rings, with Pitch Black serving as a taster, rather like The Hobbit.

It’s an ambitious undertaking and, from its trailer alone, suggests that there is still a long way to go.

The story picks up as Riddick, who has spent the past five years on the move, among the forgotten worlds on the outskirts of the galaxy, eluding mercenaries bent on collecting the price on his head, finds himself on the planet, Helion, which is home to a progressive, multi-cultural society that has been invaded by the Lord Marshal, a despot who targets humans for subjugation with his army of warriors, known as Necromongers.

Exiled to a subterranean prison, where extremes of temperature range from arctic nights to volcanic days, Riddick encounters Kyra, the lone survivor from an earlier chapter in his life.

His efforts to free himself and Kyra lead him to the Necromonger command ship, where he is pitted against the Lord Marshal in an apocalyptic battle with possibly the fate of all beings - both living and dead - hanging in the balance.
Written and directed by David Twohy, The Chronicles of Riddick is produced by Scott Kroopf and Vin Diesel, with Ted Field, George Zakk and David Womark serving as executive producers.

In one of the more aspects to it, the film also stars 68-year-old veteran, Dame Judi Dench, as an ethereal being known as Aeron.

Yet she leapt at the chance of playing in a sci-fi movie and describes Diesel as ‘absolutely charming’, despite recently speaking out about the ludicrous wage demands of certain actors.

The film is due to open in the States on ??? and will follow in the UK on August ?. Needless to say, we will be keeping a keen eye on its progress, having enjoyed Riddick’s earlier endeavours, in Pitch Black.

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