The movies follow the titular character Riddick, a notorious criminal that can see excellently in the dark, although we have no idea how this ability came to be. He was first introduced in Pitch Black (the movie that started it all) as a prisoner on a transport ship that crashed in an alien planet. The strange world has three suns that ensure it is always daylight except during a periodic eclipse that brings darkness sweeping across the planet and allows predators to go prowling for a kill. Thanks to Riddick’s night vision and fighting prowess, he is well equipped to go up against them. Since the second and third installments, we’ve all been asking one question – will there be a 4th Riddick movie? Let’s answer that question.
Is There Going To Be a 4th Riddick Movie?
Speaking of things no one was really expecting, it appears there is going to be a 4th Riddick movie. The upcoming installment will flesh out the Riddick franchise which became a sleeper hit and fan-favorite following the release of the original movie in 2000. The film series is a blend of horror, action, and sci-fi and it arguably helped launch Vin Diesel’s career. The success of the first Riddick movie and its successor’s helped establish the actor as a bankable star.
Since 2015, Vin Diesel has been teasing fans that there will be a 4th Riddick movie, and after a long wait, it appears that the project is finally ready to go. In his usual fashion, the Fast and the Furious star shared the information on his Instagram page by unveiling the completed script for the new Riddick movie.
The announcement was made in a video of him practicing archery with his daughter so as to prepare him for another film he plans to make. The Screenplay for Riddick 4 was penned by David Twohy, and a quote on the cover page reads, “Everyone wants to be a beast until it’s time to do what beasts do.” Amen to that!
The Riddick Movie Story So Far
The second installment, The Chronicles of Riddick was released in 2004. It expanded the movie’s universe and introduced us to the Necromongers, a highly advanced race of religious fanatics. Their goal is to convert all lifeforms in the universe to their death cult, while systematically wiping out planets that put up a resistance. They are responsible for the destruction and extinction of Riddick’s planet Furya, so he engages them in a deadly battle.
In 2013, Riddick, the third film in the franchise was released. The movie goes heavy on the action and horror as Riddick finds himself battling vicious mercenaries who want his head while stranded on a hostile planet. The Riddick franchise has been hailed as inventive and positively thrilling.
What Is The Plot for The 4th Riddick Movie?
The 4th Riddick movie will be titled Furya. While no plot details have been released, this title leads us to believe that it will be an origin story that will take us back to where it all began—Riddick’s homeworld. So far, all we know about Furya is that it was wiped out by the Necromongers, so the 4th Riddick movie should show us what kind of people they really were.
In addition, it might shed some insight into Riddick’s past and how he came to be the notorious criminal he is. Something turned him into the dangerous killer we know him as, and something is keeping him from becoming truly evil. Hopefully, Riddick 4: Furya will provide some solid answers to the questions that have been running through our minds since Pitch Black.
When Will It Be Released?
The release date for the 4th Riddick movie has not been announced yet, which is not unusual considering that the screenplay was only recently completed. However, casting and production are expected to begin soon, so we can expect the latest installment in the franchise to be hitting the big screen sometime in the next two or three years.
In other news, there is also going to be a television series about Riddick and it will be produced by Vin Diesel, but it is unlikely that he will reprise his role as the lead character in the show. The series could serve as a prequel to the movies and really get into the details in the ways the films can’t for lack of time. It’s safe to say that the series would be happily welcomed by fans of the franchise as long as its tastefully done and the right people are cast to play the characters.