It’s been a rocky road for the new entry in the Riddick series of films. Despite a strong start with the surprisingly engaging Pitch Black, the character hit a massive and expensive stumbling block with the The Chronicles Of Riddick, a film that succeeded in being dull, bombastic and impenetrably stupid, all at once. David Twohy is hoping to bring the character back to its roots a bit with the third entry, simply titled Riddick. There’s been some scattered plot information kicking around for a while, but now there’s a full, official synopsis:
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.
So a combination of the isolation of the first film, and the bounty hunter/mercenary aspects of the seconds (which were the best parts of the second film). I’m down with that. Here’s a bit o’ cast listing for you as well (also via the press release:
Riddick also sees the return of Karl Urban (Star Trek, The Bourne Supremacy) as Vaako and introduces to the series Jordi Molla (Bad Boys II, Colombiana) as Santana, the arrogant captain of the mercenary ship; Matt Nable (Killer Elite) as Boss Johns, a man looking for answers; Katee Sackhoff (TV’s Battlestar Galactica) as the Nordic mercenary Dahl; and Bokeem Woodbine (upcoming Total Recall) as bounty hunter Moss. Rounding out the cast are Dave Bautista (The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption), Conrad Pla (Immortals), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto), Nolan Funk (TV’s Aliens in America) and two-time Grammy Award-nominated singer Keri Hilson.
Karl Urban aside, that is a serious collection of B- to C- level talent. I’m also pleased with that, honestly. It’s worth noting that Matt Sable’s character, Boss Johns, is likely related to William Johns (played by Cole Hauser) from the original film, which creates an interesting new dynamic. Also, let’s just hope that they don’t do this to Urban again: