Vin Diesel is still pushing for more Riddick. After roles in Saving Private Ryan, Boiler Room, and The Iron Giant it was 2000s Pitch Black that pushed him onto the A-List. Created by Ken and Jim Wheat and directed by David Twohy, the anti-hero character of Riddick has always seemed close to his heart.
He has always said there is more story to tell beyond 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick and 2013’s Riddick.
Back in 2014 Diesel first announced that Universal Studios was interested in continuing the franchise. Strong DVD sales of the third movie kept the franchise alive. Fast And Furious has taken over his life recently, but back in 2019 Diesel announced that he had received the script for the proposed fourth entry titled Furya, named after the character’s ravaged homeworld. Then this past September, the actor also took to Instagram to suggest that things were moving.
Then yesterday Diesel shared a candid, late-night workout video to Instagram, where he spoke about the movie again, hinting that he has had another meeting with Universal and things are looking good.
“For all of you out there that have been asking about Riddick, today was another great day. Thank you Universal for always believing in that IP. I’m very excited about it, hope you guys are too.”
You can view the post here.
Pitch Black was a relatively low-budget movie and quickly gained a big fan following. Video games, novelizations, and comic books have followed so the market is there.
The sequel, Chronicles Of Riddick, pushed the scope and scale way further and roped in a strong supporting cast including Thandie Newton, Judi Dench, and Karl Urban, but just didn’t launch the franchise the way the studio intended. The third outing was a much more contained affair.