Before he broke out the white tank in The Fast and The Furious, Vin Diesel boldly sported a black tank in the 2000 sci-fi adventure Pitch Black. Diesel’s twisted space Jesus, Richard B. Riddick, went on to be the focus of a pair of follow-up films in 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick and 2013’s less wordy Riddick. Now, a decade later(and as the Fast franchise comes to an end), Diesel is heading back to the Pitch Black universe.
According to Deadline, Diesel and David Twohy, who wrote and directed the three previous installments in the franchise, are working together on developing Riddick: Furya. Twohy, whose screenwriting credits also include Kevin Costner’s Waterworld, Harrison Ford‘s The Fugitive and Demi Moore‘s G.I. Jane, broke the news in an official release.
Our legion fans have demanded it for years, and now we’re finally ready to honor their call to action with Riddick: Furya. My collaboration with Vin and One Race has spanned 20 fruitful years, as together we’ve created three movies, two video games, an anime production, and motion comics for the internet. This new big-screen event will see a return to Riddick’s homeworld, where we finally get to explore Riddick’s genesis.David Twohy
The announcement came with a brief synopsis of the new adventure and based on what can be gleaned from it, it seems that Riddick’s latest adventure may lead him to the discovery of the most important thing in the universe: family.
Riddick finally returns to his home world, a place he barely remembers and one he fears might be left in ruins by the Necromongers. But there he finds other Furyans fighting for their existence against a new enemy. And some of these Furyans are more like Riddick than he could have ever imagined.
Diesel’s return to the role of Riddick, one he famously snagged at the last minute, as he wraps the Fast franchise could open the door to more projects in the Pitch Black universe. Though none of the films have landed well with critics and the most recent one didn’t really resonate with audiences, Vin is Vin and two of the three films earned more than double their production budgets. Perhaps Vin will take Dom’s advice, see how the next film is received and plan the future of the Pitch Black franchise a quarter mile at a time.