Vin Diesel, who just signed a first-look producing deal with Universal TV, is working on a TV series related to his hit science-fiction feature film franchise “Riddick.”
NBCUniversal says in a press release that the project will be one of the first offerings to be marketed in connection with Diesel’s Universal pact. Diesel is partnering with Universal TV through his One Race banner, which has a multiyear first-look deal.
One Race also launched One Race Television and hired Shana C. Waterman as head of TV.
“One Race, founded in 1995 by writer, director, producer and actor Diesel, has produced the four highest-grossing films in the seven-film ‘Fast’ franchise — ‘Furious 7,’ ‘Fast and Furious 6,’ ‘Fast Five’ as well as ‘Fast & Furious,'” the announcement notes. “The franchise has earned $3.9 billion at the worldwide box-office.”
The release notes that Diesel has directed the films “Multi-Facial,” “Strays” and “Los Bandoleros.”
“Previously, One Race launched multiple franchises in the action genre, including the science-fiction thriller ‘Pitch Black’ and the two follow-up films, ‘Chronicles of Riddick’ and ‘Riddick,’ along with the hit ‘xXx’ and the follow-up ‘xXx: Return of Xander Cage,’ in pre-production now,” the announcement adds. “Diesel’s business acumen also extends to the gaming universe, where his Tigon Studios produced three critically acclaimed console titles including ‘Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay’ and original property ‘The Wheelman.'”