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Vin Diesel agreed to make a cameo appearance in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) in exchange for the rights to the "Riddick" franchise from Universal Pictures. This allowed him to produce this film independently.
Production on the film was in jeopardy of shutting down when there was a delay in financing. Vin Diesel funded the film himself until the bank loan came through.
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" was to serve like "The Hobbit", to be a stand alone film to establish the universe, and to have a trilogy of the "Chronicles of Riddick" serving like "The Lord of the Rings".
"Riddick" takes place 5 years after the previous film "The Chronicles of Riddick", which was set 5 years after the original film "Pitch Black". Which means, "Riddick" takes place a decade after "Pitch Black". "Riddick" was released 13 years after "Pitch Black".
Keri Hilson auditioned for the role of Dahl. The role went to Katee Sackhoff but David Twohy was so impressed with Hilson's charisma that wrote a small role for her in the film.
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, director David Twohy added a subtle film grain effect throughout the film.
When Riddick says "It ain't me you got to worry about," it's a reference to his line in Pitch Black.
When Riddick say's "I'll ride it like I stole it!", it's a nod to the Fast and Furious films.
Dave Bautista and Vin Diesel also go on to star in Guardians of the Galaxy even though Vin Diesel is playing a CGI character.
In order to prepare for his role in this film, Vin Diesel spent four months in the woods.
It was rumored at one point that "Riddick" was going to follow Riddick as he journeys to The Underverse to find Kyra.
Karl Urban makes a brief appearance as Vakko the Necromonger Commander from the previous film.
Several of the rock formations on the planet resemble the heads of the predatorial creatures Riddick battled in Pitch Black.
The bounty on Riddick's head is never stated. Diaz claims to know what it is but never says.
The "exploding bomb" shoulder patch worn by Johns' mercenaries is an actual U.S. Army shoulder patch, of the 52nd Ordnance Group (EOD).
The screenplay's original title was "The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking".
Dave Bautista is the second professional wrestler to work with Vin Diesel after Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in "Fast and Furious".
The film takes place in 2592.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

While in chains, Riddick "predicts" that he'll kill Santana within a 60 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 "Dark Fury", Riddick told the head merc Junner, that he would bury his weapon in Junner's eye. In the film "Chronicles of Riddick", he threatened to kill a prison guard with a metal "tea cup" after witnessing his abuse of Kyra. Needless to say, that each opponent met their ends exactly how Riddick predicted.
Matt Nable's character Boss Johns is the father of William J. Johns, portrayed by Cole Hauser in Pitch Black (2000). In real life Nable is only three years older than Hauser.
The joystick in the cockpit of the craft Riddick leaves the planet on is a Saitek x52.
Riddick Kills: 10
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