Riddick Trilogy Lets You Keep What You Kill
Do you remember the Riddick Trilogy that basically launched Vin Diesel's career as an actor? With the new Fast and Furious 6 coming out, Vin Diesel fans may want to revisit the Trilogy that got him noticed.. Our anti-hero in the Riddick films is one badass escaped convict who makes a mayhem out of murder. The Riddick motion pictures turned Vin Diesel into an action icon and provided just the right amount of thrill, suspense and sheer madness you'd expect from sci-fi films.
Sometimes those motion pictures with low budget beginnings turn out to be sleepers and turn into memorable series we'll watch again and again. The first film, Pitch Black, was a low-budget sci-fi film with a limited release in 2000. Over the next four years, the film gained a loyal following, and Universal Studios took notice. They ramped up the budget, the action, and the special effects for the sequel, the Chronicles of Riddick. This film was a box-office smash, grossing over $57 million back in 2004 and turned the film's star, Vin Diesel, into a household name.
We love a conquering hero, even if Riddick is the anti-hero, when they take on the galaxies to rid the universe of evil. In Pitch Black, Riddick's ship crashes on hostile alien world. Along with a rag-tag band of survivors, they try to figure out a way to escape the hostile planet and fight its sinister inhabitants, the flying bioraptors.
In the next movie, The Chronicles of Riddick, Riddick takes on the Neromongers with all the space age firepower and Arnold Schwarzenegger-like attitude he can muster. While this second film in the trilogy did not have the same horror and suspense of Pitch Black, it's still worth watching Vin Diesel kick some serious butt.
The upcoming film, simply called Riddick, finds our "anti-hero" dealing with a double threat -- he is on the run from a group of bounty hunters while dueling with the most vicious alien foe he has yet faced.
Over the years, Vin Diesel motion pictures have been hit or miss, but the Riddick Trilogy continues to expand in popularity. Adding to the success of the motion pictures is expanding the films into animated features and video games. This reaches a broader audience thereby increasing the series popularity.
In support of those trivia lovers, it is held that Vin Diesel coined his name as a nightclub bouncer. Vin, short for Vincent (his real last name) and Diesel from the nickname given by friends who compared his non-stop energy to running on diesel fuel.
The new Riddick movie, the third non-animated in the trilogy, is set to be released in September 2013, and promises to outdo its predecessors. Expect to see a few familiar faces from the original films like Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings and Star Trek) reprising his role as Vaaco.
As with any successful franchise, if the new Riddick movie works, there will likely be more from Universal Studios. Look out the next Star Wars - you may find a worthy competitor in the new Riddick. The Riddick Trilogy lives.