Vin Diesel will produce and star in a untitled action-thriller from the writers of Unknown
Vin Diesel is ready to make a movie that's not THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK or THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS!
Word coming in from Variety is that Diesel will both produce and star in a new untitled action-thriller, penned by UNKNOWN scribes Oliver Butcher (Dr. JEKYLL AND MS. HYDE) and Stephen Cornwell (KILLING STREETS). Unfortunately, we're not being given anything else to go on as the film's story is being kept under wraps at the moment. Diesel and his One Race Productions partner Samantha Vincent did, however, say that "Butcher and Cornwell understand how to write intelligent action thrillers that translate to an international audience." UNKNOWN was a lot of things, but "intelligent" was certainly not one of them. Thing is, what the heck else are they going to say about the writers of their own movie? UNKNOWN did make slightly more money overseas than it did in North America, though that's likely attributed to how the film was sold (i.e. like another TAKEN). But the real key is that UNKNOWN was made cheap. If they can follow suit here, they might have something again.
I've said this before and I'll say it again: I like Vin Diesel a lot. Like Dwayne Johnson, he's got tons of charisma and a great screen presence (plus he can act). The success he's garnered from just two franchises - and with THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS, it's major success - is really well-deserved. But somehow the guy always comes up short when picking films outside of them. I don't know if this new project will change that, but I'm always hopeful. What do you guys think?
|Extra Tidbit:||Variety also says that writers Butcher and Cornwell worked with Diesel "on the Paramount project 'The Wheelman.'" Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't that a video game? A video game written by completely different people?|