For those of you looking for the return of Vin Diesel as arguably his best on-screen character, Riddick, it looks like it’s one step closer to reality.

On his Facebook page yesterday, Diesel put up an update which included a line revealing that the team behind the next Riddick movie were scouting out locations already – a great thing to hear for those of us anticipating the sequel to 2004’s Chronicles of Riddick.

“The Riddick team is in New Zealand location scouting already… that’s exciting”

The last we heard on the Riddick 3 front was from writer David Twohy, the man who wrote A Perfect Getaway in addition to writing and directing the Riddick films. That was back in August and at the time, he was working out two ideas for the sequel, one of which that would be Rated R. There was studio interest in another PG-13 version, but he said it was a mistake to go that route with Chronicles of Riddick and that they may aim to go independent this time around.

The scale of the film would be closer to that of Pitch Black than its high-budget, special effects laden sequel. More money is generally good but in this case, I like the idea that the priority is on telling the story the right way.

I really dug Pitch Black and I even enjoyed its sequel, though there were many out there that did not. I’m also liked A Perfect Getaway so it’s no secret I’m excited to see Chronicles of Riddick 3.

Are you excited for Riddick’s return?

Source: Vin Diesel (via AICN)