Vin Diesel Says a “True R-Rated” RIDDICK Can Shoot This Summer If He Takes a Paycut

     May 24, 2011


Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick are among the many Vin Diesel movies I’ve never seen, but I respect the fondness for the character among fans.  Diesel has spoken in the past about a possible sequel, which may be coming sooner than expected.  Diesel has spoken with writer/director David Twohy about Riddick, and it could film as early as this summer with an R rating and everything.  One caveat:

“[Twohy] 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.”

Read everything Diesel had to say about Riddick after the jump.

Here’s the text of the first post from Diesel’s Facebook page:



D T 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.

And the follow-up:

I have read so many interesting and intelligent responses to today’s post.

You all have such great insight… I truly love Our page.

Thank you again for taking the time to weigh in.

P.s. I am off to another meeting with David, the director of Riddick… to see concept art and discuss the potential schedule.

Rex Cowan: – wrote – “We all have the dark Riddick inside us. You have a penchant for showing us our true selves. I for one support your dive into Riddick and will standby to help pull you out.”

I’m not sure what response he expected or wanted, but it’s cool that Diesel is connecting with his fans in this way.  I’m new to Our page — does he often growl to start things off?

The following synopsis for Riddick was released about a year ago along with a few pieces of concept art, though the project may have evolved since then:

Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick (Diesel) fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters from throughout the galaxy descend on Riddick only to find themselves pawns in his greater scheme for revenge. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious attack of vengeance before returning to his home planet of Furya to save it from destruction.


  • aromcath

    I’d be cautious of this kind of news, namely because it falls into the trap that the only way to make a story better, is to go the dark,gory and edgy route.

    You sell for the R rating because you need those themes or moments in the story for it to work. If you really don’t need those R rated moments for the story, you do have to ask yourself is there any need to do them.

    Take the popular example of The Dark Knight, with its PG-13 rating in particular. Now in the movie, you never doubt that the Joker is incredibly dangerous, and a vicious psychopath, and again none of the violent bits are up front. Nolan didn’t need to show Joker cutting teeth to sell the character.

    Also its worth mentioning just selling your R rating up front, screams, “I am pandering to 15 year olds.”

    So the point I’d bring this all around to is, I’d only appreciate an R rated Riddick movie is if you need that “adult content” to tell the story right and proper, otherwise I have to take a step back and wonder if I’m just being pandered to with cheap novelty.

    • Dogg

      Yeah, I never really got the bad rap PG-13 movies get. Seems like all you really miss is a focus on open wounds. And even the hardest R rated sex is really just simulated soft porn–that you watch in public.

    • Ryan

      I understand what your saying but you got it all backwards. Ask a filmmaker what rating they prefer and I bet they say none. It all depends on the story your telling. When your making Iron Man, a pg-13 rating is expected and welcome. An R rated Iron Man would just be a silly gimmick. However if lets say you make Pg-13 version of Die Hard that’s also just a silly gimmick. The unrated verson on Live Free Or Die Hard is superior to the pg-13 verson because McClane needs to be a but vulgar. He needs those “F” bombs because that’s who McClane is, that’s part of his character. The same can be said for Riddick. In Pitch Black he’s this cold hearted viscous killer who your never sure if Gloucester can trust. Its the juxtaposition of the hardcore Riddick character and the ferocious creatures that made the film work. Whose more of a threat; This human killer or these inhuman creatures that rip ppl apart.

      • Ryan

        Ugh I wasn’t done. I’m posting from my phone which apparently does whatever it wants. Like turning “never sure if YOU can” to “Gloucester” Anyway to wrap up what I was saying. You say making a film R rated can be considered as a “cheap novelty”. Actually the opposite is true, especially in the case of a Riddick film. Studios use the pg-13 rating to appeal to a broader audience just to make more money. Even if it compromises the story or the characters within the story. Riddick is not meant to be a family friendly character. The problem with Hollywood is that they depict violence as if its a clean fun thing. Its not. Its brutal, its grusome and its supposed to make you cringe. If 15 yr olds were they target audience for R rated films than there would be no need for a studio to take R rated violence and wrap it up in a nice little pg-13 package.

  • battleangel

    I’m totally down, I think it’s an incredibly fun franchise and Riddick is one of the best sci-fi franchise protagonists/anti-heroes of the last decade. Really, I can’t think of any other main characters besides Riddick, Neo or Obi-Wan from the last decade or so of sci-fi films. I suppose there’s Alice from Resident Evil :/ I’ve always thought the Riddick films could think themselves out a little more thoroughly, but especially Chronicles of Riddick showed tremendous imagination, and a passion for the material. But a little more brains could have gone a long way.

  • chris

    i just don’t think enough people know about riddick to be a good performer at the box office.

    • aromcath

      That and the thing about Riddick is he’ only interesting when in contrasts to other characters, let alone better as a mystery then explained. The contrast between Pitch Black and Chronicles is evidence of these two idea/

  • nawtnt

    Vin Diesel shouldn’t do Riddick 3 instead he should do The Expendables 2, Fast And Furious Six and Termiantor 5 with him as the main villain.

    Riddick 2 was awful but still I hope they find a new way reinvent the franchise.

    • Beam me up

      I cannot tell if you are being funny or not but I actually like the idea. Diesel would make those movies better.

      In all reality I loved PITCH BLACK and really enjoyed RIDDICK but when that movie was made PG-13 was a different beast and it felt soft..

      It seems like they can get away with more nowadays so I am not sure a “hard R” rating will be the way to go. They can do a kick ass movie without ading the gore factor if in fact that is their plan.

      I would like to see the action on the same levels of the EXPENDABLES. Stallone knows how to put together some nice action shots..

      I just hope he does this movie..

  • JYM

    This could only be a WIN. I hope Vin does the right thing for the fans and makes a 3rd film.. if done right, we could have a saga. As long as they make the movie FOR the fans it will win.

  • TheTrickster

    The first one is really good, it’s a pretty straightforward story. The second one takes the “expand the mythology” route and everything goes to hell.

  • Shatter24

    Chronicles of Riddick was a disappointment, but I do know some guys who really liked it. I thought it became too sci-fi, thereby limiting its broad audience appeal. I also agree w/ the poster who said Riddick works best when contrasted against another main character. Riddick alone and his back story didn’t really work in Chronicles and I don’t think diving in deeper will necessarily help. I’m not sure the franchise can be saved after the corner the second film painted itself into.

  • Tarek

    Riddick is what makes me like Vin Diesel. this character was made for him.

    The Chronicles of Riddick was for me an excellent sequel. and there is still so many other ways to explore the universe of Riddick.

  • Hailen

    Just say yes, dammit!

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  • Elitist Prick

    This is also the guy who once talked up a historical epic about Hannibal, starring himself, and done all in Carthaginian dialogue. He also described the fight between him and The Rock in Fast 5 as a “cinematic event,” as if movie audiences had been clamoring for the stars of The Pacifier and The Tooth Fairy to throw each other through walls.

    So, um, I’ll believe it when I see it, I guess.

    • Beam me up

      Your name says it all.

      • Elitist Prick

        Thanks. That’s the idea.

  • Anon

    Chronicles was an awesome film, I loved the necromongers and the character moments, the effects where spectacular for their day and still look pretty good, I never get bored of watching it. Each time I do I feel myself in the ‘Riddick’ (under) verse..heh DO IT VIN. I just wanna see what happens directly after the last movie that was an awesome ending..

  • Matt1

    I gotta agree (to a point) about ‘Chronicles’. The ending is pretty friggin’ awesome! And it’s one of the few movies (The Matrix, John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars) that are WAAAAAY more enjoyable in an “Altered State”!!

  • Beam me up

    YES!!! You are right that ending was one of the better endings I have ever seen.

    people can trash this movie all they want but the story line was epic and I wish a sequel would have come out sooner to complete the story.

    They better address this in the next movie because he is now leader of the NECROMONGERS how can he escape that?

  • excpired

    First of all Brendan you need to see Pitch Black, it was one of the best suspense films of all time. Chronicles was alright, but Pitch Black is a masterpiece, it reminds me a lot of Alien (if they had a psychotic serial killer on board too).

    I’d like to see a third Riddick film but I’m not dieing to see one, if they can do a better job than they did on the second (or at least do the same job) then it will be worth it.

  • Julio

    To the author Brendan:
    I have to admit I am very surprised you haven’t taken the time to at least see Pitch Black when writing about the series. Not my place to judge but NETFLIX that shit.

  • Jordan N.

    Hmm. I’m down for more Riddick, but the synopsis for the new movie sounds terrible. Sounds like they’re ditching the mythology established in Chronicles in favor or a return to a Alien/Predator style rip-off. The first movie already did that (and did it very well), and I would definitely rather see them continue the story established in Chronicles.

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  • Bv Ch

    I’d say let’s wait and see. We should just wait what they would bring to the table. Vin had promise it for like 5 years and let’s hope he will make it just the way we all expect it to be.