New R-Rated 'Riddick' Movie Greenlit Only if Vin Diesel Takes Pay Cut
We've been hearing about a new Chronicles of Riddick movie being in the works, with Vin Diesel back as Riddick again, and franchise creator David Twohy back at the helm, for years at this point. Word is that they've been scouting locations, working on plenty of early concept art, and figuring everything out so that they can actually shoot a gritty, R-rated sequel that harkens back to the first Pitch Black movie more than its sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick. Well, Diesel himself took to his Facebook wall (via AICN) again to reveal a very interesting private detail regarding the sequel: they will only be able to make it if he works "for scale."
Working for "scale" is the industry term of basically saying this job is a freebie, but because of unions (SAG) they must be paid at least the minimum set by the union. Therefore he'd make a very low amount, the lowest amount a working actor in SAG can possibly make, in order to get this production a (lower budget) greenlight to start shooting later this summer. Here's Vin Diesel's full posting from his own Facebook wall:
"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."
So he asked his epic consortium of fans to respond and got 7,824 comments, which prompted him to write another reply in the meantime, thanking them. "I have read so many interesting and intelligent responses to today's post. You all have such great insight… I truly love Our page." I, of course, say go for it, because I've been waiting for Twohy and Diesel to get back and make a damn R-rated Riddick movie, because I love Pitch Black and want more in the world, but wasn't a big fan of the sequel. As of early last year, the plot involved more alien planets and nasty creatures that Riddick would have to fight. Diesel added: "I am off to another meeting with David, the director of Riddick… to see concept art and discuss the potential schedule."
I'm just glad to finally see this project making progress and amazed to see Universal giving the greenlight (tentatively) on an edgy, R-rated sci-fi project. But then again, Vin Diesel and Fast Five have earned them an impressive $187 million at the box office so far. He's probably earned a good amount money anyway and Universal is happy with the success he can bring, so why not try it again with a sci-fi franchise? Bring it on, I've been waiting for more Riddick! Here's a great quote to end on: "We all have the dark Riddick inside us. You have a penchant for showing us our true selves." We'll definitely keep you updated on this new sequel.