It appears that Vin Diesel will indeed be back as the nocturnal killer convict, Richard B. Riddick in 2012.
While the actor shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to The Fast And The Furious franchise as a sixth entry is on the way in 2013, the actor actually dropped a major announcement on his Facebook about the state of his other vehicle in the Riddick films.
Not only is the actor committed to getting back to his intergalactic badass ways, but he plans on getting it in theaters as soon as next year. It's a tall order, considering we've just rounded the last quarter of 2011, but he does seem confident.
The actor also posted an extremely cool new concept art poster for film to go with the announcement.
The story of Riddick, which began with 2000's Pitch Black, has since been thriving in the world of video games with Vin Diesel's voice on loan. However, this will be the first time the eyeshining assbeater has been to the big screen since 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick.
In this latest film (which is still untitled,) Riddick will apparently be left for dead on a desolate planet, where he is forced to do battle all by his lonesome with a horde of vicious predatory aliens. -- And as the concept art illustrates, he seems to be making the most of the situation.
As of now, Diesel is having meetings with director, David Twohy (back from the previous two films) and with studio heads to discuss casting. He really encourages fan input and has been going out of his way to put those ideas on the table in this developmental stage.
According to Diesel:
"In the spirit of Creative Sundays…I asked the director to send a key frame that I could post it for you."
Concept art and Key frames allow a production to explore possibilities before actually committing to the film. The road to the “R” rating, that so many of you were vocal about, has been a long one. The advantage however, (never empower the negatives) was that we were allowed a really extensive preproduction process. The art work so good, the artists have really outdone themselves in illustrating this world at [its] early stage.
When this film comes to the screen…know that you willed it into being!
I got two meetings today that I have been prepping for…one with the Director and another one with the head of the studio to discuss casting and the 2012 release date. Like always, I appreciate having your voice present in these meetings.
P.S. Share your thoughts…casting, release date, mythology or anything else. It’s Sunday and we are, at the very least, allowed to be creative in thought."
From what's been revealed, this does sound like an all-out, no-nonsense bloodbath of goodness. The timing may just be right for the return of the Riddick franchise. Considering that the 2012 movie year will be jam-packed with superhero tentpoles, this may be a reprieve that moviegoers could end up embracing.