When he’s not driving cars fast a furiously, or rolling dice in a game of D&D (no, seriously… he’s is a massive Dungeons & Dragons geek), Vin Diesel’s other big film role has been the Riddick franchise, and now he’s planning on bringing it to the small screen.
In a new development deal between Vin’s One Race production company and Universal TV, they will be developing a companion series to the successful Riddick franchise. One Race was founded in 1995 and has produced a number of the Fast & Furious movies, as well as Riddick, and the xXx franchise, to which Diesel is about to return with xXx: Return of Xander Cage.
Jennifer Salke, President of NBC Entertainment (part of the NBCUniversal group) commented “Vin is a true creative force as a producer. After sitting down with him and his team at One Race Television, it’s clear he will now also be an incredible asset to both the network and our television studio. We feel really fortunate to be in business with, not only an international powerhouse, but a truly thoughtful and passionate producer.”
To spearhead this shift from movies to tv, Diesel has hired Shana C. Waterman as Head of Television for One Race, who had previously been Senior VP of Event Series, where she produced the return of 24 with the 24: Live Another Day series and Wayward Pines, which has just been picked up for a 2nd season.