In 2014, a year after Riddick hit the theater screens across the world, Vin Diesel declared that the franchise was still quite active. And that Universal Pictures was mulling over a possible fourth live-action chapter in this sci-fi saga. Now, a year later, the actor/producer has confirmed that Riddick 4 is moving forward with a new title. That's not all. There will also be a TV show spinoff. This is what the Furious 7 star had to say about the continuation of this franchise on his Instagram.
"Last night Our company had a party to launch Our TV division. Very exciting. MERC CITY is a show that will follow the Mercs and Bounty Hunters of the Riddick Universe. Next Month, DT begins writing the next Chapter in the Chronicles of Riddick... FURIA."
There is nothing known about The Chronicles of Riddick: Furia at this time, plot wise. Though some may mistake it for the similar sounding Mad Max: Furiosa, which has never been given a green light at Warner Bros. This is also the first we're hearing about the Merc City TV show. And while he doesn't claim as such, we can only imagine that there will be room for Vin Diesel to make an appearance on this sci-fi action series.
In terms of the DT Vin Diesel mentions in his post, he is speaking of director David Twohy. The filmmaker has written and directed all three of the previous live-action Riddick movies, which include 2000's Pitch Black, 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick and 2013's Riddick. He is also behind the two Riddick animated shorts, which include The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, which was released in 2004. And Riddick: Blindsided, which arrived in conjunction with the previous movie sequel.
The entire Riddick saga has only ever pulled in moderate box office numbers, and has never been considered a blockbuster success. But over the years it has become a bonafide cult sensation. So far, the entire franchise has only pulled in a total of $267 million worldwide for all three live-action movies. The series is notable for bringing in other popular genre and cult favorites, including Keith David, Katee Sackhoff, Dave Bautista , Karl Urban and even Judi Dench. There is no set release date for either The Chronicles of Riddick: Furia or Merc City. What do you think? Do you like this plan?