Vin Diesel just got a big boost in bringing his Chronicles of Riddick companion television series to reality. The famous multi-hyphenate signed a producing deal with Universal Television on Wednesday, and one of the first things Diesel is pitching is a complement series to his Riddick franchise, which he wants to call Merc City.
Diesel’s deal with Universal is a multi-year, first-look producing contract between Universal Television and Diesel’s company One Race Productions. This will mark One Race’s second foray into television, the first being The Ropes, a web series that lasted one season in 2012. Since being established in 1995, One Race has been behind 12 films, including three movies in the Fast & Furious franchise and the two most recent Riddick films, and the upcoming fourth installment in the franchise.
Only time will tell if Universal will sign off on a Riddick pitch, but one thing you can be sure of is that Vin Diesel will be splitting his focus between the big and the small screen now.