The update schedule for Riddick, the third film to feature the character Vin Diesel originated in Pitch Black and developed further in The Chronicles of Riddick, has been accelerating. What was once an annual thing from Diesel and writer/director David Twohy has turned into a monthly info blast as pre-production accelerates and a real shoot date looms. What is that shoot date? We still don’t know, but in his latest update Vin Diesel insists the R-rated film will be backed by Universal, and will shoot partially in Canada. Read his update in full below.

Riddick will reportedly be a direct sequel to Pitch Black. Over the weekend, Vin Diesel offered this statement via Facebook, and posted the concept art that acts as the article’s header.

While I was working on character, the Director and his team of artists have been creating the world and style of this picture. We all know how much I enjoy concept art and storyboards, haha, I am like a kid in a candy shop.

Seeing the early stage of CGI is always fascinating to me, it is a element that usually comes together long after the filming process, so you look forward to seeing it fully realized.

First stop for the Riddick production is Canada, which is where we shot a large part of Chronicles…

P.s. 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.

This is the synopsis we’ve seen for Riddick in the past, though it is possible the script has changed as Diesel and Twohy work to get the movie made:

Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick (Diesel) fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.

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