Vin Diesel confirms that the script for the next installment of the Riddick franchise, currently titled Riddick 4: Furya, has been written. The series is variously a mix of sci-fi, action and horror, and began in 2000 with the release of Pitch Black, which was also Diesel’s breakthrough role, and has continued in sporadic installments since then.
Diesel’s Riddick is a notorious criminal with eyes that can see in the dark, which may or may not be the result of illegal prison surgery. He was introduced in Pitch Black as a prisoner aboard a transport ship that crashed on an alien world. The planet’s three suns kept it in perpetual daylight, except during a periodic and imminent eclipse that plunges the whole planet into darkness and allows vicious nocturnal predators to come to the surface and hunt, a situation in which Riddick’s night vision puts him in a perfect position to fight against. Then 2004’s The Chronicles of Riddick expanded the universe of the franchise and saw Riddick battle the Necromongers, a technologically advanced race of religious fanatics with a mission to convert all life in the universe to their death cult and systematically wipe out entire planets, which previously included Riddick’s home world of Furya. In 2013, the third film, simply titled Riddick, took the series back to its roots of action horror after Riddick is stranded on a hostile planet and must contend with two separate teams of mercenaries who come for him.
Like many project updates that Diesel personally unveils, the completion of the script for Riddick 4 was revealed in a video posted to his Instagram. While practicing archery with his daughter in preparation for films about Hannibal Barca he has planned to make for some years and still intends to, he unveiled the front page of David Twohy’s screenplay, and the film’s title. A quotation on the front reads, “Everyone wants to be a beast, until it’s time to do what beasts do,” which despite originating with motivational speaker Eric Thomas, sounds exactly like something Riddick himself would say.
Diesel’s star came in quick ascendance in the early 2000s, and after he was deemed a bankable star with the success of The Fast and the Furious and xXx, both being highly successful action movies released near to each other in which he played the lead, he was offered three franchises simultaneously. Although he would ultimately return to the latter two, the Riddick series was the one he initially focused on, with Chronicles bringing to the fore the RPG elements that run through the series, and by which Diesel as an avowed D&D gamer is inspired.
The simple title of Furya suggests that the story will revolve around Riddick’s home, unseen so far in the series outwith dream sequences, and currently believed to be a dead world after being destroyed by the Necromongers in an attempt by their leader to avert a prophecy about his death. It also suggests we will learn more about Riddick’s past, the details of which he has revealed being suspect at best, seeming to mix half-truths with outright fabrications to cultivate a mystique about himself in order to maintain a certain reputation in the brutal criminal life he has led. With Riddick 4: Furya, it’s possible we may finally get some solid answers about the taciturn criminal and what made him who he is.
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