Riddick heads, your order for more Riddick is on its way

Vin Diesel and David Twohy begin production on the fourth film in the franchise, Riddick: Furya, in August

Riddick heads, your order for more Riddick is on its way
Vin Diesel as Riddick Screenshot: Universal/YouTube

The long-prophesied fourth Riddick movie is actually coming. Star Vin Diesel and writer-director David Twohy have been teasing this new installment since the last film (Riddick) in 2013, so you may be forgiven for thinking that it might never come to fruition over the decade that has since passed. But last year Twohy announced that Riddick: Furya was officially in the works, and now the movie has an actual start date, with production beginning August 26, according to a press release on Monday.

Per production company Rocket Science, “In Riddick: Furya, Riddick finally returns to his homeworld, a place he barely remembers and one he fears might be left in ruins. But there he finds other Furyans fighting for their existence against a new monster. And some of these Furyans are more like Riddick than he could have ever imagined.”

Diesel has real skin in the game with the Riddick franchise; back in 2006, he bartered back the rights to the character in exchange for his cameo appearance in The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift. (He had departed the series after the first movie.) That move proved to be a shot in the arm for both properties: the excitement over Dom Toretto’s return evolved into the successful, long-running franchise we know today, and it allowed Twohy and Diesel to do whatever they wanted with their more modest sci-fi series. Diesel’s One Race Films now produces both franchises.

“Our legion fans have demanded it for years, and now we’re finally ready to honor their call to action with Riddick: Furya,” Twohy said in February 2023.
“My collaboration with Vin and One Race has spanned 20 fruitful years, as together we’ve created three movies, two video games, an anime production, and motion comics for the internet. This new big-screen event will see a return to Riddick’s homeworld, where we finally get to explore Riddick’s genesis.”

Diesel has been gearing up for the new movie on social media, posting that he was in a “#Riddickstateofmind” in April and, just days ago, “It’s an animal thing” accompanying a picture of Riddick and his jackal. He’s also been gearing up to film the final installment in the Fast franchise, which director Louis Leterrier recently said is set to shoot September 16th. Seems like Vin is cutting it pretty close with these legacy franchise returns, but hey, if anyone can do it, it’s him!

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