Vin Diesel has been promising fans of "Pitch Black" and "The Chronicles of Riddick" a sequel for some time now. Any fan of movies knows, however, that an actor's desires don't always gel with the studio's or producer's take on the project. Our favorite Furyan seems to have finally gotten the wheels turning, however, and we could actually be looking at a Riddick sequel in 2012.
Diesel had already been talking about a sequel, or two, when writer/director David Twohy finally entered the conversation in 2007. "We're talking about it," Twohy posted on his website. He noted that it would probably be a smaller, independent film. "Maybe it's time to go back to our roots."
In 2008, Diesel told MTV News that Twohy was working on the scripts for two follow-up films. "'The Chronicles of Riddick' was presented as a three part trilogy," he explained, "that would answer 'Pitch Black' in the same way that 'Lord of the Rings' answered 'The Hobbit.'" He also promised: "Sooner or later we all end up in the UnderVerse."
"Fast and Furious" Delay
In February 2010, news broke that Diesel and Twohy were on board for a third Riddick film with Universal. One stipulation, however, was that the film would be delayed so as not to interfere with the actor's other big franchise: the release of "Fast Five." Riddick fans would have to wait.
A Pay Cut for Art
In May of 2011, Diesel wrote that the Riddick sequel would be shooting this year provided he work for scale. Universal wanted to minimize the financial risk of making an R-rated film, a rating that could potentially limit the audience and cut down on profits.
"Money is always second to art, integrity and spirit -- ," Diesel wrote, "but the real issue is deeper. Can I suspend my life, to momentarily venture to that dark place -- called Riddick."
Fans of the series rallied around Diesel's Facebook post to urge him on. Diesel is producing the picture with his One Race Films partner Samantha Vincent, and there's no doubt he'll get a cut somewhere if the film does well at the box office. Though "Chronicles of Riddick" had a disappointing domestic take, it eventually raked in over $115 million worldwide. With a lower budget and Diesel's stock high from "Fast Five," the profit margin should be greater this time around.
Diesel Begins His Transformation
While Twohy himself asserts that "there are no guarantees in this mad endeavor called 'filmmaking,'" it looks like the new Riddick film is moving forward. Diesel continues to post updates on his Facebook, in his own unique way, including his June 9 decree: "The Furyan is awakening. GRRR..." For a July 11 blog entry, Diesel treated his fans to a Riddick image to accompany one line of text: "The preparation of a character's soul is something, I don't think I will ever be able to explain..."
As invested as Diesel is in his character and as hard as he and Twohy have worked to bring the project to light, it sounds like Riddick fans of all kinds have plenty to look forward to.
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