I've been pretty vocal here about the joy Vin Diesel's work gives me. Except for The Pacifier, but that's okay. Interplanetary criminal Richard B. Riddick, a creation of Diesel and Pitch Black writer/director David Twohy, makes up for it. And Riddick is coming back. The actor's been talking about reprising the role for a long time, but there's finally been some real movement in the past year or so. Twohy is on board, a story is worked out and, as we now learn, shooting can get started this summer.
Diesel said as much in a post on his Facebook page. There's a small catch, though: The vision is for an R-rated film, but the studio won't sign off on it unless Diesel agrees to work for scale up front. Leading actors normally get a large sum of money up front, but for the studio to take a risk Diesel will have to settle for a presumably healthy backend. The actor seems okay with that, but he turned to his fans on Facebook for "wisdom and clarity" nonetheless.
Here's what Diesel wrote:
"[David Twohy] the writer/director just landed in New York with the good news. We can start filming this summer. However, there is a catch... in order for us to make a true R rated film, I must work for scale upfront. Not unlike the "Find me Guilty" experience (which I wouldn't have changed for the world)...
Money is always second to art, integrity and spirit... but the real issue is deeper. Can I suspend my life, to momentarily venture to that dark place... called Riddick.
Now, I need to hear from Our collective... you.
Wisdom and clarity appreciated."