Vin Diesel Has Crisis Of Faith Over R-Rated ‘Riddick’

In a stunning development that has me thinking Vin Diesel would be the perfect choice for a For Love or Money remake, the actor has taken to his Facebook page to present his fans with a conundrum he’s facing when trying to get another Pitch Black sequel off the ground. I’ll let him tell it in his own words: “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).” I have to assume that the D T he is speaking of is Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick director David Twohy, and it sounds like the rest of the post is Diesel saying he wouldn’t want to do another Riddick sequel unless it was R-rated, and he’s willing to take a pay cut to make that happen. Alright Vinnie! I fully support any movement to get action films planted firmly back into R-rated territory.

But wait, that’s not all. A probable pay cut isn’t the only hurdle that might be in front of another Riddick movie happening. Diesel goes on to say, “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.” What’s this? Has Vin Diesel gone soft? Say it ain’t so! I understand that Diesel is a method actor and taking on the role of a psychotic space criminal has to be draining for someone so serious about his craft; but is he trying to tell me that Dominic Toretto isn’t a serious role? He didn’t seem too soft to rub his oiled up muscles against those of The Rock! As a matter of fact, in that film, Diesel came off as being quite… hard. Uh… either way… moral of the story is that there’s likely going to be another R-rated Riddick movie on the way. Go team go!

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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