Vin Diesel to Produce and Star in Potential Sci-fi Franchise ‘Soldiers of the Sun’

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Vin Diesel as Riddick in Pitch Black Vin Diesel to Produce and Star in Potential Sci fi Franchise Soldiers of the Sun

Actor and producer Vin Diesel has already started off 2013 strong, with Fast and Furious 6 topping $780 million at the worldwide box office and pleasing both crowds and critics alike. Aside from being one of the most successful action stars around, Diesel is also very much worth following on social media, if only for the inspirational messages that he shares.

The big Diesel news this week has been the strong rumors suggesting that he will be the voice of Groot in James Gunn’s upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie for Marvel. Neither Groot nor Rocket Raccoon have had their voice actors officially announced yet, but Diesel has heavily implied that he’s decided to take on the role. Diesel has his fingers in many pies, however, and in addition to his upcoming threequel Riddick, it seems that he’s already looking ahead to yet another sci-fi project.

According to THR, Diesel now has his sights set on Soldiers of the Sun, a spec script from screenwriter Arash Amel that Diesel intends to both produce and star in. Soldiers of the Sun is set in the ever-popular locale of post-apocalyptic Earth, and centers around a squad of soldiers who are on a tour of duty in Mexico (apparently the apocalypse didn’t manage to wipe out our military infrastructure) in an attempt to liberate the country from an invading alien race called the Orcs. The soldiers hear about a fabled city of gold, and decide to seek it out for themselves.

Amel is currently best known for writing last year’s action thriller The Expatriate, which starred Aaron Eckhart in the lead, and he’s also been tapped to write the script for I Am Legend 2, though progress on that sequel seems to be moving sluggishly. This year will see the release of a Grace Kelly biopic that was written by Amel: Grace of Monaco, in which Nicole Kidman will star as the Hollywood actress and royal.

Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco Vin Diesel to Produce and Star in Potential Sci fi Franchise Soldiers of the Sun

Nicole Kidman in ‘Grace of Monaco’

If Soldiers of the Sun does make it as a successful franchise, it will be a poetic counterpoint to the franchise that originally launched Diesel’s career, Chronicles of Riddick. That series began with Pitch Black, in which Richard B. Riddick and the crew and passengers of the Hunter-Gratzner are stranded on a planet scorched by eternal sunlight, only to find themselves fighting off monsters during a month-long eclipse.

Rather than being a property focused around a central character, it’s believed that Soldiers of the Sun will be an ensemble-type franchise along the same lines as the Fast and Furious series, which also helped to cement Diesel’s place as a major action star. The actor will produce the film with Fast and Furious executive producer Samantha Vincent under their One Race Films banner, with the help of veteran producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (RED).

Do you like the sound of Diesel’s new pet project? Tell us what you think of his plans for Soldiers of the Sun in the comments.


Soldiers of the Sun is still in early development and doesn’t yet have a release date, but we’ll keep you updated on its progress.

Source: THR

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  1. Here we go again….

  2. Great title. Kind of a lame premise

    • Hee-hee…now let’s see how the Mexicans like being invaded by “illegal aliens”, and who do they call to save them? Not the ghost-busters, paco, but the good old flag-wavin’, world-savin’ U. S. of betchurarse A!

      • Arse? Are you even an American?

        • I am probably more American, born and bred, than anyone else reading this comment. I was born in Illinois, right in the middle of this great country, and am so patriotic, I was probably singing, “Yank My Doodle, It’s A Dandy!” as I popped out of my funky mama’s chute! How about you?

        • An “ass” is a donkey. An Arse is both that wonderful thing your girl friend shakes and the spray tanned, speedo wearing, ponce who speeds around in his Beemer hooting at your girl friend.

  3. Orcs? Is this Tolkien or World of Warcraft?

    • It’s clearly Warhammer 40,000

  4. Make a prequel to Pitch Black already after Riddick! I want to see Butcher bay Damn it!!!!!

    • Buy the game – “CoR: Escape from Butcher Bay”

  5. Not bad, I’d give it a chance, if it was executed correctly. Have to see the trailer first though :)

  6. Sounds interesting if done right but I will wait until the trailer comes out to fully give an opinion

  7. Sounds good to me I will definitely watch plus it helps loving Vin too♥

  8. I like Vin, but this movie sounds stupid. Sounds like something Arnold would have made back in the 80’s with Will Smith. I’m beginning to think Vin has terrible taste in scripts. The whole premise is lame. He should concentrate on bringing the world of Pitch Black to life and not inject his King Kong sized ego into the mix.

    • Wooooah now. Vin is one of the most humble and respectful people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. It is a bit of a stretch to say he has a “king kong sized ego” my friend.

  9. Sounds like a cross between ‘Battle LA’ and ‘Mackenna’s Gold’, or ‘Three Kings’, or ‘Kelly’s Heroes’, well take your pick…