When Riddick steps into the identifier for the emergency beacon, the stats on him read: "Richard B. Riddick. Escaped convict. Murderer." This is how he introduced himself to the character of Paris in Pitch Black (2000).
Vin Diesel's original vision was to have The Chronicles of Riddick become like J.R.R Tolkien's Middle-Earth. Pitch Black (2000) was to serve like "The Hobbit," to be a stand alone film to establish the universe, and to have a trilogy of Riddick serving like Lord of the Rings.
Vin Diesel wanted the movie to be shot on 35mm film, but due to the film's low budget paired with a large number of visual effect shots, the movie had to be shot digitally. As a compromise, David Twohy added a subtle film grain effect throughout the film.
"Riddick" takes place five years after the previous film, "The Chronicles of Riddick," which was set five years after the original film "Pitch Black." This means that "Riddick" takes place a decade after "Pitch Black" even though "Riddick" was released thirteen years after "Pitch Black."
When the film was advertised on Sky Television in New Zealand, a voiceover stated that the film was the final chapter in the Riddick trilogy. A fourth film entitled "Furia" was announced and was in development and it was rumored that the 4th film is about Riddick finally finding his home planet.
Vin Diesel and Dave Bautista starred in another science fiction film together - Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) which Vin Diesel provided the voice of Groot and Dave Bautista starred as Drax the Destroyer.
The film is basically about Riddick finding himself in a similar situation like he was in Pitch Black (2000) which Riddick was stranded on a desert planet which he and the survivors of Hunter-Gratzner were hunted by the flesh eating Bioraptors.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) was speculated by a few to be an influence behind the film. In the film, Riddick, an notorious warrior, outlaw and Lord Marshal is stranded on desolate planet and manages to survive due to his survival skills and is alone on the planet until the arrival of bounty hunters whom know of him and his reputation.
First Blood (1982) is considered by a few to be an influence behind the film. Like John Rambo, Riddick uses the desolate planet and it's environment to his advantage and his survival skills against the mercenaries whom have arrived on the planet to capture him dead or alive.
Seraphim Falls (2006) is considered by a few to be an influence behind the film. In that film, Pierce Brosnan stars as a hunted man who uses his resources and skills with a knife as he is pursed by a group of men bent on his capture and the leader of the men hunting him (Liam Neeson) is a man from his past whom has a score to settle with him. In this film, Riddick uses his resources and survival skills against the mercenaries out to capture or kill him for the bounty, which one of the mercenaries Boss Johns whom is a man connected to Riddick's past seeks to capture Riddick alive as Boss Johns demands answers from Riddick about his son.
The character of Riddick is considered to be a mix of iconic 1980s action characters John Rambo, Snake Plissken and Conan the Barbarian: In his backstory, Riddick was a soldier in the military and Riddick became a notorious wanted criminal whom escaped from several prisons. Riddick later discovered that he is of a race of warrior called Furians that had been slain by The Lord Marshal and he became the Necromonger's new Lord Marshal when he killed him and on U.V.6 and Not-Fyra Riddick uses his resources, survival skills and warrior and tracker skills and uses both planet's environments to his advantages against the mercenaries.
3 years after the film's release, Karl Urban (Vakko) return again in the role of Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek Beyond (2016). In that film, the USS Enterprise crew find themselves stranded on the planet Altamid. In this film, Riddick is marooned on Not Furia.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
While in chains, Riddick "predicts" that he'll kill Santana within a sixty second window. After doing so, he exclaims, "I like to be a man of my word." Riddick can be seen in similar circumstances in previous installments. In the animated short The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004), Riddick told the head merc Junner, that he would bury his weapon in Junner's eye. In the film The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), he threatened to kill a prison guard with a metal "tea cup" after witnessing his abuse of Kyra. Each opponent met his end exactly how Riddick predicted.
When Boss Johns questions Riddick about the death of his son, Riddick tells Boss that he didn't kill his son, which Boss Johns doesn't believe Riddick. In Pitch Black (2000), Johns was killed by a Bioraptor in the aftermath of a fight with Riddick which Riddick slashed Johns in the back with a knife and Riddick left Johns at the mercy of the Bioraptors.