Published On: Wed, Dec 19th, 2012

‘Riddick’ release date set as Vin Diesel also signs on for ‘Kojak’ film

David Twohy is back in the director’s chair for the third installment of the Sci-fi action movie series featuring the escaped convict antihero – “Riddick.”

THR reported Tuesday that Universal will release the film starring Vin Diesel, on September 6 and will include screenings in IMAX.

Riddick is the third chapter of the saga that began with 2000′s Pitch Black and 2004′s The Chronicles Of Riddick.

Monday Deadline reported that Diesel is now attached to do a “Kojak” film based on the 70s crime series. The film is being penned by long-time James Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Skyfall marked their exit from the 007 franchise). Diesel will take on the role made famous on the small screen by Telly Savalas, and he’ll be producing the film as well.

Here is the Riddick synopsis provided by the studio:

The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy.

Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures

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