'Fast Five' thesp to star in, produce project from 'Unknown' scribes

Vin Diesel is attached to star in and produce an untitled action-thriller from “Unknown” scribes Oliver Butcher and Stephen Cornwell.

Diesel’s One Race Prods. banner is teaming with newly formed shingle the Ink Factory to produce the project, which will be fast-tracked and jointly developed by both companies.

Diesel and his One Race partner Samantha Vincent will produce with the Ink Factory’s Simon Cornwell and Rhodri Thomas.

Logline is under wraps, but project is based on a pitch from the writers. “Butcher and Cornwell understand how to write intelligent action thrillers that translate to an international audience,” the One Race duo said in a statement.

CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners rep Diesel, while ICM reps Butcher and Cornwell.

Diesel is coming off Universal’s “Fast Five,” which has grossed over $600 million worldwide. One Race produced the pic, just as it did 2009’s “Fast and Furious,” the other highest-grossing film in the action franchise. Diesel is currently prepping another Riddick movie, in which he’ll reprise the role of the “Pitch Black” antihero that helped propel him to stardom. That pic is gearing up for a September start in Canada. Thesp is also attached to topline and produce MGM’s action-comedy “The Machine.”

Scribes previously worked with Diesel and Vincent on the Paramount project “The Wheelman.” They’re currently adapting Warren Ellis’ graphic novel series “Gravel” for Legendary Pictures.

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