|U.S. theatrical poster|
|Directed by||David Twohy|
|Produced by||Tom Engelman|
|Screenplay by||Jim Wheat Ken Wheat David Twohy|
|Story by||Jim Wheat Ken Wheat|
|Starring||Vin Diesel Radha Mitchell Cole Hauser Lewis Fitz-Gerald Claudia Lee Black Keith David|
|Music by||Graeme Revell|
|Editing by||Rick Shaine|
|Studio||PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Interscope Communications|
|Distributed by||USA Films Gramercy Pictures (United States) Universal Pictures (all other rights)|
|Running time||110 minutes 112 minutes (unrated version)|
|Box office||$53,187,659 (Box Office Mojo) $53,182,088 (The Numbers)|
Pitch Black (known as The Chronicles of Riddick: Pitch Black in later home media releases) is a 2000 science fiction thriller film directed by David Twohy. The film stars Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser and Keith David.
In the film, dangerous criminal Richard B. Riddick (Diesel) is being transported to prison in a cargo spacecraft. When the spaceship is damaged by comet debris and makes an emergency crash landing on an empty desert planet, Riddick escapes. However, when predatory alien creatures begin attacking the survivors, Riddick joins forces with the crew to develop a plan to escape the planet.
The film’s total budget was estimated[by whom?] to be US$23 million. Despite mixed reviews from critics, it was a sleeper hit, grossing over US$53 million worldwide. It has since developed its own cult following, particularly around the antihero Riddick. A sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick, was released in 2004.