Vin Diesel is doing a real life impression of his popular character Riddick as the actor has stormed back onto the Hollywood scene and is taking control of his career again. After years of laying mostly dormant, Diesel is set to star in an upcoming Marvel movie, has a Fast and Furious sequel coming soon and is back as Riddick in the upcoming film Riddick.
The resurgence of his popularity apparently has Diesel motivated to stay busy with characters fans have fallen in love with. While the Fast and Furious franchise has transformed itself into an action franchise, Diesel is planning on transferring that success to his other franchise with Riddick.
In speaking with SFX, Diesel laid out plans for a sequel to the yet to be officially released Riddick. According to Diesel, he views Pitch Black as a prequel to a trilogy of films that started with The Chronicles of Riddick.
Per Diesel’s interview with SFX:
“We don’t turn our backs on the mythology that we planted in the last movie, and we are actually bringing Karl [Urban] back for a few days of filming to advance it and lay the groundwork for movie four. We’re concerned with paying off the loyal fans and think that if somebody doesn’t understand something the solution is to look at the other two movies and get up to speed. It does play in a gratifying way as a standalone movie, but there are threads that we continue to sew that we started in previous movies and will continue in future movies.”
Diesel referenced Pitch Black in the interview and said fans should view it the way Lord of the Rings fans view The Hobbit. That seems to fall in line with what Diesel has planned for the final two films of Riddick’s trilogy. The first of those final two films is Riddick with a third and final film in the trilogy still yet to be developed.
Obviously people will pump the brakes until the box office returns are back on Riddick before a sequel is discussed, but even after the commercial failure of Chronicles of Riddick, we are returning to the character again and in the age of Kickstarter, never say never on a Trilogy finishing itself outside of the studio system.