If Vin Diesel is anything, he's a man of the people (just ask any of the more than 27 million people who "like" the actor's Facebook page.) - and as a man of the people, Diesel gives his fans what they want, namely updates on the third installment to the popular Chronicles of Riddick franchise.
Recently, Diesel shared some information about Riddick 3, including plans for casting and the possibility of a 2012 release date, on his Facebook page. Diesel also shared a new piece of concept art for the film, which we've shared below.
In his usual laid-back style, Diesel expressed his gratitude to his fans for pushing the project to fruition and for requesting an R-rating, which is something a lot of studios aren't comfortable doing. Diesel also talked about how much he enjoys concept art and preproduction work.
Here is the full quote from Diesel's Facebook page:
In the spirit of Creative Sundays…I asked the director to send a key frame that I could post it for you.
Concept art and Key frames allow a production to explore possibilities before actually committing to the film. The road to the “R” rating, that so many of you were vocal about, has been a long one. The advantage however, (never empower the negatives) was that we were allowed a really extensive preproduction process. The art work so good, the artists have really outdone themselves in illustrating this world at it's [sic] early stage.
When this film comes to the screen…know that you willed it into being!
I got two meetings today that I have been prepping for…one with the Director and another one with the head of the studio to discuss casting and the 2012 release date. Like always, I appreciate having your voice present in these meetings.
P.S. Share your thoughts…casting, release date, mythology or anything else. It’s Sunday and we are, at the very least, allowed to be creative in thought.
Interestingly, Diesel's comments about casting and the 2012 release date no longer appear on his Facebook page, which means that Diesel (or his PR agency) must have edited them. Luckily, Latino Review grabbed the comments in their entirety prior to the edits. Does the edit mean that the studio isn't shooting for a 2012 release anymore?
We've been following news on Riddick 3 since March 2009, so it wouldn't be surprising if the film was delayed a little further - but it seems like Diesel and everyone else involved in the film are committed to getting this movie made. If it doesn't come out in 2012, it will surely be a disappointment to the Riddick faithful, but, rest assured, it will probably come out eventually.
Oh, and when it does come out, expect plenty of bloody violence. Just check out these two pieces of concept art from Diesel's Facebook page.
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While they may not win Oscars, the Riddick films have a huge fanbase and were instrumental in helping Vin Diesel launch his career as an action star. Clearly, the actor has a softspot for the franchise, and it's cool to see him sharing updates on the project regularly with his fans.
Hopefully, things come together on the film quickly and everyone's favorite Furyan ex-convict can start slicing and dicing monsters on the big screen once again.
Source: Vin Diesel's Facebook Page [via Latino Review]