Vin Diesel Updates Fans On Facebook About Riddick

Vin Diesel is hot again following the massive worldwide success of Fast Five but that doesn’t mean he can make any movie he wants. In fact, Diesel took to his Facebook page on May 25th to lament Universal Pictures’ hesitancy to fund the next sequel in the Chronicles of Riddick series. On Facebook Diesel wrote:


D T the writer/director just landed in New York with the good news. We can start filming this summer. However, there is a catch… in order for us to make a true R rated film, I must work for scale upfront. Not unlike the “Find me Guilty” experience (which I wouldn’t have changed for the world)…

Money is always second to art,…integrity and spirit… but the real issue is deeper. Can I suspend my life, to momentarily venture to that dark place… called Riddick.

Now, I need to hear from Our collective… you.

Wisdom and clarity appreciated.

For now Vin Diesel is not yet committed to making the sequel; titled simply Riddick. According to IMDB, Diesel‘s next project will the family comedy The Machine from the writers of The Pacifier, Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. The film is about a robot created by the military who is befriended by a small child is currently in pre-production for a 2013 release.

Back to Riddick, writer-director David Twohy, who originated the Riddick character in Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, has a script ready to film this summer; as Diesel mentioned in his Facebook rant. The premise of Riddick will have Diesel’s anti-hero stranded on a desolate planet where he fights aliens and grows more powerful than ever. When bounty hunters arrive to pick Riddick’s bones they end up walking into an elaborate and violent revenge trap.

It comes as little surprise that Universal is being tight with the purse strings on this sequel; Chronicles of Riddick only made a $10 million profit on a budget of $105 million, according to numbers from Box Office Mojo. Do you think there’s enough of an audience to make it worth it for Universal to put the film into production?