With the exchange rate of nudity and adult situations at an all-time low, R-rated films are having a much harder time earning a profit at the box office. Studios are hesitant to invest in stronger content even if it does sound really awesome and feature tentacle monsters. You’d think that certain film makers would be immune to the penny pinching, especially when they can make movies about driving around really fast into global phenomenons. But no, even Vin Diesel has money woes in today’s economy.
He recently updated his Facebook page to say that The Chronicles Of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking has the go-ahead. But at a price. Both to his stylish money tote and his soul.
“[David Twohy] the writer/director just landed in New York with the good news. We can start filming this summer,” writes Diesel. “However, there is a catch … in order for us to make a true R-rated film, I must work for scale upfront. Not unlike the “Find me Guilty” experience (which I wouldn’t have changed for the world). Money is always second to art, integrity and spirit… but the real issue is deeper. Can I suspend my life, to momentarily venture to that dark place… called Riddick.”
Don’t stare too deeply into the Abyss, friend. As I’m sure you’re aware, the Abyss stares back. The Abyss stares back.