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Vin Diesel loves making sequel. Which is good, because box office for The Last Witch Hunter proved that his fans prefer watching him in sequels. He has Fast 8 in the pipeline. He’ll voice Groot again in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. He’s working on the third xXx movie. And he just dropped the news on social media that yet another Riddick film will hit theaters somewhere down the road.
Diesel hosted an impromptu live chat on his Facebook page, where he revealed to fans that he was in a meeting with Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick director David Twohy, where they were mapping out the fourth story in this ongoing saga. During the nearly 10-minute video tease, Diesel dropped a few interesting tidbits about the movie, starting with its title. Here’s Vin:
Are you guys excited to hear about Furia? Do you want to know where it all began with that dark character Riddick? … I dunno if ‘Furia’ is rated R, it might be a little more expansive in its mythology.
I love that Vin Diesel calls his Facebook followers his "angels." OK, so, by the sound of it, Furia will dive into the origin of his sci-fi anti-hero. Twohy repeats "the origin story" again and again in the video. And then Diesel explains why he couldn’t do Riddick recently. He just has a child, and he says in the video that every time be becomes "a fresh dad," he struggles to go to the dark place necessary for him to become Riddick. But now, he seems ready. And he teases that they could begin filming the next Riddick movie in early 2017.
In truth, I’d forgotten that a third Riddick movie, titled Riddick, was released in 2013. That being said, it was a hit, earning $100 million against its $40 million budget. As I said, Vin Diesel’s fans like him in familiar franchises. If this is going to be an origin story, I’m not sure how the 48-year-old action star factors in. Especially if they can’t start FILMING Furia until the actor is pushing 50. Still, where there’s a Vin, there’s a way.
Watch the full video for a blast of unfiltered Diesel. In it, he also teases a Pacifier 2. So yeah, kind of crazy.
Look for Vin Diesel in Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk in 2016.