10 behind-the-scenes facts about the Riddick franchise
Before being known as Dominic Toretto in the Fast Furious series, Vin Diesel’s rise to action began with the character of Richard B. Riddick. He started off as a dark antihero in one of the most underrated sci-fi movies of the 2000s: No black. He has since become that iconic anti-hero whose adventures continued in The Chronicles of Riddick, and Riddick.
With video games, the Riddick the universe has become a cult-classic franchise. With years of waiting between sequels and long but troubled productions from each, there’s a lot to learn about the series behind the camera.
ten The suites were not planned at the start
Although it is now known as an Expanded Universe, according to Movieweb.com, the Riddick the series was not the original plan. David Twohy created No black as a standalone action-horror film and was his passion project. But after being a success in both theatrical and home video, it made the director come back.
This led to the universe, which consists of three motion pictures, novels, an animated film, and two video games. Escape from Butcher Bay is often considered one of the best games based on a movie.
9 Fast & Furious saved the franchise
A common misconception is that Vin Diesel’s engagements with the Fast Furious the franchise is why Riddick films take so long to make. The truth is, Vin Diesel returned to the show to save Riddick to turn off.
Vin Diesel’s cameo in Tokyo drift was to help keep the Fast Furious movies go straight to video, but instead of the money, Insider.com reported that Diesel had obtained the rights to the Riddick series. This allowed Vin Diesel and David Twohy to keep their passion project under their control and to produce the films without interference.
8 Pitch Black filming was cold
The first movie, No black, takes place on an isolated desert planet with sunlight for months at a time. The movie does a great job of making the planet hot, but that wasn’t the case during filming. The same movieweb.com article mentions that the cast and crew filmed No black in the middle of the Australian winter.
So a lot of editing was done to make everything look hot and the actors were sprayed with water to make it look like they were sweating.
7 Vin Diesel produced the third film
Vin Diesel, owner of Riddick film rights have apparently been a blessing and a curse. Funding Riddick, the third chapter, turned out to be a struggle without a big studio. So back to the indie roots of No black, Riddick was produced on a rather small budget, hence the reason some of the CGIs were less than stellar.
Vin Diesel himself ended up funding the film, and according to hollywood reporter, it cost him almost everything: he mortgaged his house, took out loans, and if Riddick was not manufactured, Vin Diesel would have been homeless. Fortunately, Vin has turned out to be an admirable producer, according to his co-stars in Riddick.
6 Unlisted top cuts
The three Riddick films feature extended cuts. No black was nothing too drastic, but the sequels are where things get interesting. Both The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick feature plenty of additional footage that gives the scenes appropriate context, better pacing, and even changes in tone.
Some believe that the theatricality of The Chronicles of Riddick is very watered down and feels more PG-13, while the director’s cut adds more violence, new badass quotes for Riddick, and darker elements to make it closer to the tone No black and Riddick. the Riddick director’s cut features more scenes to help him connect more to The Chronicles of Riddick.
5 Mad Max filming location
To represent an alien desert in No black, the film was shot in the Australian outback at the same locations as the Mad Max series.
To get the right look No black, director David Twohy worked with the same cinematographer as the Mad Max movie: David Eggby. David Eggby reportedly reunites with Twohy and Vin Diesel for the shoot Riddick.
4 Dungeons & Dragons off camera
Vin Diesel is an avid fan and player of Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop RPGs. He’s a proud nerd and it never stopped while filming the Riddick movies. According to Checklist, during the long breaks between the shoots of The Chronicles of Riddick, Vin Diesel played D&D.
He was joined by his co-stars Karl Urban, Thandie Newton and even Dame Judi Dench, of all people. One can only imagine how much fun it was for the actors and the viewers during these sessions.
3 A planned derivative series
Much of the Riddick the universe is the Mercenaries: specially trained bounty hunters who go from good to bad to a bit of both. Each of Riddick the films featured mercenaries who usually search for Riddick himself. Weekly entertainment announced years ago that a spin-off TV series called Merc City would focus on a group of mercenaries in the Riddick universe.
One of the most memorable mercenaries was Toombs from The Chronicles of Riddick. He even returned in the animated film The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, so fans wondered if Toombs would return in Merc City. Sadly, the show still hasn’t been done, and there is no word yet on whether or not it has been permanently canceled.
2 The fourth film is in preparation
Fans of the franchise should be happy that Riddick’s story still isn’t over. Vin Diesel and David Twohy Still Aim To Make Fourth Film Simply Titled Furya. This hints that this will be the movie where Riddick finds the home world of his people.
The third film, Riddick, ended with the titular antihero learning that Vaako, played by Karl Urban, had entered the Underverse, much like the Lord Marshall did in the second film. Therefore Furya appears to be the culmination of all three films and will likely be an epic finale for the series.
1 Started as an alien sequel
Yes the Riddick movies started because David Twohy was one of the many filmmakers who came up with scripts for Alien 3. According to Coming soon, he came up with the idea of an intergalactic prison, which he ended up using in The Chronicles of Riddick. However, due to creative differences, Twohy left the project to rework his ideas in what was to become No black.
There was even a Riddick equivalent in Twohy’s Alien 3, a convict who was written as a woman. There are other parallels to Twohy in the actual movie that fans have pointed out, such as the planet called Fiorina “Fury” 161, which is eerily similar to Furya from the Riddick universe. There’s even a bald character with glasses, similar to Riddick’s signature look.
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