These days there’s only one word that studios care about. Franchise. Does your idea support a franchise? Will the story you’re telling directly dove-tail into a franchise? Does the film that’s being produced have enough real star power to propel it into franchise territory? Those are all questions that studios are asking every five seconds.
Apparently Vin Diesel makes all of those questions irrelevant. The star of the XXX, Riddick, and Fast and Furious franchises is signing on to yet another one. Grace of Monaco writer Arash Amel has written an original scifi film titled Soldiers of the Sun that Universal is eyeing to turn into a franchise.
The film purportedly centers on a team of military personnel who are on a tour of duty in post-apocalyptic Mexico.
If the deal actually goes through, which it looks likely it will, this will be the fourth franchise that Diesel has headlined. It will also mark a step toward original intellectual property as Amel’s script is a completely original creation, not adapted from any existing material.
While you’re waiting for the film to be produced, you can always watch interviews like this: