It’s been almost a year since the last update, but Vin Diesel’s Riddick 4: Furya still hums in the background. Amidst all the fanfare of the Fast X trailer today, the actor has been sharing some concept art from the latest installment in his epic sci-fi series, which also features animated and video game installments, on Instagram over the past few weeks. Earlier, Diesel said the film was set to shoot in 2021, though it’s not clear how much pre-production work was actually done on it, or if he was just saying that because the studio was happy with David N. Twohy’s screenplay. .
The film would be Diesel’s fourth live-action outing as Riddick, the character he played in his breakthrough hit Pitch-black. Aside from the role of Dominic Toretto, Riddick is the character Diesel has been most invested in over the years, always holding out hope for another film even when it seemed like studios weren’t interested.
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That said, between a pandemic-torn economy and its existing commitments to mega-franchises like the Fast & Furious movies and (to a lesser extent) the Guardians of the Universe movies, it was hard to get much traction furja.
First introduced in Pitch-black, Riddick was one of Diesel’s first iconic roles. The world was later explored in Chronicles of Riddickand then inside Riddickand ever since that movie came out in 2013, there have been consistent rumors that Universal was developing a fourth installment.
Furya, you may recall, is the name of Riddick’s homeworld, which he was saving Riddick. You can check out the official synopsis for that movie here: “Betrayed by his own kind and left for dead on a desolate planet, Riddick fights for survival against alien predators and becomes more powerful and dangerous than ever before. Soon bounty hunters emerge from the entire galaxy down on Riddick only to find himself pawns in his greater scheme for vengeance. With his enemies right where he wants them, Riddick unleashes a vicious onslaught of vengeance before returning to Furya to save it from destruction.”
The tagline, as read by Diesel’s son in a 2019 social media post, is apparently “everyone wants to be a beast, until it’s time to do what real beasts do.”
No official targeted production or release date has been announced furja yet.
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