With the third film in the Riddick series, simply titled Riddick this time, set to launch in a few months, attendees at San Diego Comic-Con got an advance look today at the upcoming sci-fi/action epic. On the panel to talk about the film was writer/director David Twohy, and actors Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious series), and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica).
A new restricted trailer was shown during the panel, which is now online. Watch it here below.
Twohy started off by talking about coming to Comic-Con years ago when Pitch Black first came out and how excited he was for the new movie. Katie Sackhoff was the first of the actors to come out followed by Vin Diesel and each had clips that showed off their character.
Moderator Drew McWeeny of HitFix asked Twohy and Diesel about what it was like to make a sequel to both Pitch Black and Chronicles of Riddick. Twohy spoke about the difficulties that came with making the movie on a limited budget and how that affected the script.
When asked what drove Riddick, Diesel first responded only with a grunt.
Sackhoff then spoke about how much she was a fan of the first two movies and how excited she was to join the franchise. She talked about how joining another sci-fi franchise was very comfortable for her after her experience with Battlestar.
The next topic that came up with was Diesel’s love of Dungeons & Dragons and how it affected his imagination. He said that D&D was a big influence on the new movie, specifically in how they could find a way to connect the mythology of Chronicles of Riddick with the spirit of Pitch Black. He talked about the difficulties that came with Chronicles of Riddick being a PG-13 film, and how happy he was that Riddick will be rated R. He also talked about how the new film will satisfy fans of both films.
Next came the footage, a lot of which came from the trailer that has already been released, but there was a solid couple of minutes of extended footage. What was shown makes the film feel so much like Pitch Black, with plenty of action, monsters, and violence.
Diesel spoke about the difference between Riddick and Dominic Toretto from Fast and the Furious and just the inherent darkness that comes from playing Riddick. He said that it made him feel a bit uncomfortable with that darkness now that he has kids.
Diesel was asked what he could tell about the character of Riddick that had never been told before, which he said he could not reveal because that is what they have planned for the next movie in the series.
Diesel was asked what his vision was for his involvement in the Marvel movie universe, and didn’t give much information but said there will be a big announcement at the end of the month which was almost a confirmation of his involvement in some kind of Marvel movie.
Riddick comes out in North America on September 6, 2013.
Be sure to follow Geeks of Doom’s Comic-Con coverage here at the site and through our Facebook and Twitter.
[All photos by Dave3 for Geeks of Doom.]