After successfully reprising his role as Dominic Torreto in Fast Five, Diesel looks to keep his hot streak going by resurrecting the characters that made him into a box-office magnet. Naturally, he will play Riddick in the self-titled sequel currently in development, as well as Xander Cage in the recently announced xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.
Diesel took to Facebook recently and posted that we may be seeing Riddick - the latest installment of the Pitch Black franchise - as early as January 2013. Scroll down to read Diesel's word on the matter.
"The studio said the earliest they could release the new “Riddick” is in January… was hoping for 2012… but, it’s on the horizon.
P.s. I think they are liking what they are seeing… haha, cause they asked when both Underverse and Furya would be ready to make and release… haha… now that’s a ways in the future but it is exciting."
The popular Pitch Black was released in 2000 and was followed up with a sequel in 2004 called The Chronicles of Riddick. Assuming this new Riddick is a success, the studio hopes to cash in with future sequels (as stated by Diesel). For those who know absolutely nothing about the franchise's history, Diesel plays Riddick, an escaped convict who is wanted by just about every bounty hunter in the galaxy not named Boba Fett. The official synopsis reads as follows:
"The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.
The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without Riddick’s head as their trophy."
Others casted in the film - which is written and directed by franchise alum David Twohy - include Karl Urban (Red, Priest), Katee Sackhoff (24) and former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar David Bautista. Diesel now has acted beside WWE stars The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) and David Bautista in consecutive movies - let's just hope that Vin stays on the action track and doesn't consider teaming up with Hulk Hogan for a hypothetical Mr. Nanny meets The Pacifier film.
Riddick, as stated, could be in theaters as soon as January 2013.