Vin-Diesel-in-RiddickVin Diesel’s return to the franchise has been a long-awaited one, and I couldn’t be looking forward to Riddick more.

Diesel and writer-director David Twohy have reunited once more to bring us the series’ third instalment. And I’m quietly hoping that Diesel’s suggestion of more films to come will become a reality in the years ahead.

We’ve got just over half a year to go before the film’s release date, and Diesel has taken to Facebook once more to share the latest image. And with it, he added the words:

“September 6th 2013!

It has been 9 years since the Chronicles of Riddick was released… all along I knew I would eventually have to return to that dark place, the mind of an Alpha Furyan…”

Karl Urban reprises his role from the second film, The Chronicles of Riddick. And joining Diesel and Urban is a great cast, led by Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Bokeem Woodbine, Nolan Gerard Funk, Keri Hilson, and WWE’s Dave Bautista.

“The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000’s hit sci-fi film Pitch Black and 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick reunites writer/director David Twohy (A Perfect Getaway, The Fugitive) and star Vin Diesel (the Fast and Furious franchise, xXx). Diesel reprises his role as the antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

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.”

Twohy is once more directing from his own script, with Diesel himself producing alongside past collaborators Ted Field (Pitch Black, The Last Samurai) and Samantha Vincent (Fast & Furious, Fast Five).

Riddick will be released in regular and IMAX theatres on 6th September, and that release date really can’t come fast enough. I have a feeling Riddick is going to be one of my favourite films of the year.