Contrary to supposition, Vin Dieselâ€™s next pic wonâ€™t be the oft-rumoured â€˜â€™Riddick 3â€™â€™ (nor will it be a third â€˜â€™xXxâ€™â€™ â€“ which everyone involved with are apparently pushing to get done sooner rather than later)â€¦ in fact, it ainâ€™t a sequel at all.
The publicity diffident â€˜â€™Fast and Furiousâ€™â€™ star has inked a deal to carry director John Singletonâ€™s â€˜â€™Wheelmanâ€™â€™ (I guess the big guy couldnâ€™t say no to Singleton twice; youâ€™ll recall Singleton directed the Diesel-less â€œ2 Fast 2 Furiousâ€) for Paramount Pictures.
For those without a joystick, â€œWheelmanâ€ is based on the video game of the same name; one which Diesel played the main character and the game’s producer.
As with the game, the film will see Diesel play an expert driver who comes out of retirement to protect a woman from his past. Rich Wilkes wrote the script; the writing team of Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell did a rewrite.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura (â€œBeverly Hills Cop 4â€, â€œTransformersâ€, â€œSaltâ€) will produce alongside Diesel and his One Race Films partner Samantha Vincent (Dieselâ€™s half-sister).
The feature-film version of â€œWheelmanâ€ was originally supposed to get up three years ago, but when the video-game was delayed, so was the celluloid spin-off.
In addition to sequels to Pitch Black and xXx, comeback-kid Diesel is also attached to a long-gestating â€œHannibal the Conquerorâ€ biopic, as well as a fifth â€œFast and the Furiousâ€ film, and a comedy called â€œPlayerâ€™s Rulesâ€. No return to the world of break-dancing in the near future, by the sounds.
Variety has the full story…