We'd already heard that Vin Diesel wanted to avoid the pitfalls of a PG-13 rating by going hard-R for the dark new Pitch Black sequel Riddick. Now co-star Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) has explained exactly what they did to earn it.
In an interview with Collider, Sackhoff said the film is loaded with blood, F-bombs and just enough nudity to push it over the edge:
"There's a [$#@!-load of blood and there's little pieces of nudity, here and there. There's my nudity too, but it's side boob, for three to five seconds. It's not that big of a deal. It's mostly for the language. My character and Matt Nable's character say f**k, like every other word. It's kind of fantastic, actually. He must have said f**k 15 times, in every single scene. It's pretty awesome. So, it's mostly for language."
Sackhoff plays a badass mercenary, which could be a nice throwback to her cigar-chomping version of Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica. Just judging by the buzz, it seems like Riddick will have a lot more in common with franchise-starter Pitch Black, as opposed to the bloated sequel Chronicles of Riddick.
Here's the official synopsis:
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 film is set to hit theaters at some point in 2013.
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.