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Riddick fans, it’s time for some celebration Riddick-style, so grab your weird, curvy knives, put on your gruffest voice, and stumble around in the dark like an idiot, because it is on! Vin Diesel‘s production company One Race has partnered with Universal Television in a multi-year, first look production deal. It appears that the first project we’re going to get out of this deal is a return to the world that Vin Diesel first created with writer/director David Twohy in 2000’s Pitch Black. The show will be called Merc City and will focus on the world of the bounty hunters inside the Riddick universe.

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One Race (which is kind of an unfortunate name; seems like it would be a more appropriate name for a  production company owned by Donald Trump) was founded by Diesel in 1995. It produced The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick, as well as xXx, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast and Furious 6, and Furious 7. The company is currently in pre-production on a sequel to xXx, titled xXx: The Return of Xander Cage (the first sequel with Ice Cube doesn’t count). In addition to everything else accomplished by writer/director/producer/actor Diesel, with his company Tigron Studios, he has also produced three critically acclaimed video games. About Diesel, NBC Entertainment President Jennifer Salke said:

In addition to being a huge star for our feature division, 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.
One Race’s television efforts will be overseen by the newly-hired Shana C. Waterman. Waterman has a wealth of previous experience, having been involved in 24: Live Another Day, Fringe, Glee, Family Guy, American Dad, The Cleveland Show, The Mindy Project and House. Regarding the hiring of Waterman, Diesel said:
I have dreamt about expanding the One Race brand into television and now we’ve found the perfect creative partners in Bob, Jen and the team at Universal Television. Shana is an incredible addition to this team.
It appears the feeling is mutual as Waterman has remarked:
I’m incredibly excited to join the exceptionally smart, innovative team Vin’s built at One Race. Both he and fellow producer Samantha Vincent, alongside their partners at Universal, have grown a formidable global brand ready-made for this diverse and highly creative time in the world of television.
Are you excited about the expansion of the Riddick universe? What are some things you hope to see?

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