Riddick might bow to no man but according to Vin Diesel (‘Guardians of the Galaxy’,’The Last Witch Hunter’), Hollywood is bowing to the character’s popularity with the development of a fourth film and a television series! Diesel loves taking to social media to announce roles that he has or hopes to get and now fans of his longstanding Riddick films have news directly from his Instagram account about his future plans for the series!
First up is that the fourth film is currently being written by David Twohy who chances are would return to direct as well. That isn’t all though as they are planning to expand the franchise with a TV series called ‘Merc City’.
While this would leave room open for Diesel to make guest appearances in ‘Merc City’, chances are it will just take place in the worlds that we’ve already seen. As this news is very early in the planning stages, we have no idea if any of those who have previously starred in his films will be making a comeback as well.
While the film being written doesn’t mean that it will be picked up, Diesel could always finance much of it on his own as he did with ‘Riddick’. A low budget science fiction action film could have a draw that would have a studio interested in helping out with again. Last year Universal mentioned they would be up for it after positive sales of ‘Riddick’ though there is no word if that is still on the table at this time.
I, for one, hope so at least. I’m not sure if it is the gritty cheesy science fiction action that he goes for is something great or just a guilty pleasure, but I’ve been a fan of each installment so far.
Where could the next film be taking place? Well Diesel did mention Furia at the end of that post (or perhaps Furya is what he meant.) As Twohy previously mentioned:
“That’s where we end up. I know what that movie looks like, I’ve talked it out. It has all the right notes, it’s a great movie. The real question is: what do you do before you get there? Is it a voyage through the Necromonger universe? Do you have to earn the right to return home by some trial of fire? That’s what we’re talking about doing. Perhaps.”
So bringing things back to the world that give birth to Riddick could be where things go from here. How a dead planet will keep us interested for a full movie though has yet to be seen.
Are you looking forward to a chance of there being further expansions into Riddick’s universe? Would you prefer the film, television series, or both to see the light of day? Which network do you think would be most likely to pickup ‘Merc City’? Most importantly do you think we’ll see him kill someone with a teacup this time around? Share your thoughts below!
Sources: Screen Rant