Earlier this year, Vin Diesel claimed that Universal had given the green light to sci-fi sequel
, despite knowing the film would likely be given an R-rating, and sure enough, that’s exactly the certificate the new film has been given.
The MPAA has awarded the certificate on account of “strong violence, language and some sexual content/nudity”, which should please the movie’s core demographic of teenage boys and sci-fi gorehounds.
The film will see the titular mercenary left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that he assumes to be lifeless. However, it soon proves to be anything but, with some rather bloodthirsty inhabitants coming out of the woodwork.
Forced to activate an emergency beacon, Riddick soon finds himself with even more trouble on his plate, as a crew of rival mercs come looking for their bounty. Frying pan, meet fire...
Written and directed by David Twohy, and co-starring Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff and Bokeem Woodbine, Riddick will open in 2013, with a specific release date to be confirmed.