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We love a bit of Vin Diesel around these parts. He's a big gamer - check out his love of Ark - and there's just something about the man on screen that makes us smile. He's not going to challenge for many acting awards in his time, but he's just got something, right? We enjoy having Vin Diesel around, basically - and now, he's gone and cheered us up even more with word that a fourth Riddick movie is absolutely, definitely, 100% going to happen.
Speaking to GamesRadar+ (shout out to our pals over there, hope you're having a swell day), the Fast & Furious 9 (ahem, F9) star commented that a fourth entry in the Riddick series is in the planning stages, although production itself remains a TBA situation.
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"It's just a matter of timing, when we get the opportunity to shoot that," Diesel says of the new movie - the follow-up to 2013's Riddick. "But I believe we're shooting that in Australia. And it would be the fourth chapter in that series, which would be awesome."
Prior to Riddick came 2000's Pitch Black and 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick. That first movie holds up pretty well as a decent sci-fi horror flick, despite its relatively meagre budget - goes to show what a few powerful performances can do, including Diesel's. The director of all three previous Riddick films, David Twohy, will return for the fourth movie - current title, Riddick 4: Furya - and Diesel says that the director has a "great script" prepared.
"It's safe to say that we are moving towards filming the fourth chapter of Riddick," the actor confirmed - which seals the deal, really, on a few years of whispers and rumours. We knew it was in the works, but it's always great to have the talent really lock it in.
As well as the Riddick movies, there have been tie-in video games - most notably 2004's well-received The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, which was followed by the equally celebrated Assault on Dark Athena. So, could the new Riddick movie lead to a new Riddick game?
"We did have great success with Escape From Butcher Bay," Diesel says. "It feels like an eternity ago now. But, I imagine that we would take advantage of the gaming space and add an extra chapter."
Up for that, NGL - but with no date for production to start on Riddick 4, let alone a release window, we're likely to be waiting a while before we both see Richard B back on the big screen, and get to walk a violent mile or two in his shoes. And in related Vin news, he wants to make a Fast & Furious musical. I mean sure, why not.
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