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Namtar here on the far side of the galaxy…

The latest news on everyone’s favorite Furyan Richard B. Riddick has been released via actor Vin Diesel on Facebook.  The intergalactic anti-hero and badass will take up a different direction than becoming the de facto leader of the Necromongers.  Diesel commented on how much he enjoys the concept art and storyboards that the director (David Twohy) and his team of artists have created.  He writes:

I hear you…

While I was working on character, the Director and his team of artists have been creating the world and style of this picture. We all know how much I enjoy concept art and storyboards, ha ha, I am like a kid in a candy shop.

Seeing the early stage of CGI is always fascinating to me, it is a element that usually comes together long after the filming process, so you look forward to seeing it fully realized.

First stop for the Riddick production is Canada, which is where we shot a large part of Chronicles…

P.S.: I am grateful to have Universal in such support of this complex character’s journey… not many studios would back an “R” rating. Very cool.

Here is the storyline for the film. (Plot synopsis courtesy of www.shocktillyoudrop.com.)

Betrayed by his kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick (Diesel) fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before.  Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge.  With his enemies’ right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.

“The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking” will begin production in Canada in the immediate future, and stars Vin Diesel, Joel William Gonzales, and Karl Urban.  Ken Wheat and Jim Wheat created the characters, while David Twohy wrote the screenplay.  David Twohy directs.  The film will open sometime in 2012 and will be Rated R.

Sources: Vin Diesel (Facebook,) IMDb, shocktillyoudrop.com