Vin Diesel loves his fans, and he has no hesitation about teasing them regarding future projects. His relentless self-promotion is kind of grating if you’re not a Diesel devotee, but hustling is part of Hollywood. He’s supposedly voicing Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, and has talked about “merging brands” with Marvel (whatever the hell that means). Diesel may be content to be part of ensemble films, but since the most successful thing about Riddick is that it got made, he could be looking for another solo franchise.
About a year ago, Diesel signed on to play the lead in a film adaptation of the TV show Kojak. The series ran from 1973-1978, and starred Telly Savalas as New York City Police Department Detective Lieutenant Theo Kojak. The tough but good-hearted cop was a colorful character and returned to TV in 2005 as a short-lived series starting Ving Rhames. So what are Diesel’s thoughts on the film adaptation? When asked by a fan on Facebook “what director would you like to work soon?” he replied, “Kojak… New York… Ang Lee…” Hit the jump for more.
Please keep in mind that Ang Lee is just on Vin Diesel’s wish list, and when a director has two Oscars under his belt, he’s usually in demand. But if you push Diesel out of the equation and simply look at Lee, it’s not the most far-fetched idea. While there is a consistency of theme across the majority of his work (no one gets what they want), he also has no problem moving between genres. In the span of seven years, he went from a tragic romance (Brokeback Mountain) to an erotic thriller (Lust, Caution) to a comedy (Taking Woodstock) to a fantasy drama (Life of Pi).
If Diesel somehow got Lee to direct Kojak, it would be surprising, but not absolutely shocking. However, Lee is currently focused on directing an untitled 3D movie about the boxing world in the 1960s and 70s. It sounds a lot more interesting than Kojak.