Vin Diesel is confirmed to star in and produce a third installment installment in the “Chronicles of Riddick” franchise, reports Variety.
Universal Pictures will handle domestic distribution and Lionsgate is currently selling international rights.
David Twohy, who wrote and directed both Pitch Black and The Chronicles of Riddick, will direct again from a screenplay he wrote.
According to the trade, the third film will hew closer in tone to the cult hit Pitch Black and will focus on the character of Riddick as opposed to the universe he inhabits.
Diesel is first expected to star in Universal’s Fast Five, the fifth installment in the “Fast and Furious” franchise.