R-Rated <i>Riddick</i> Movie To Shoot This Summer, Vin Diesel Says

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."

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