After the commercial and critical disaster that was The Chronicles of Riddick, there weren’t many people who ever thought we’d see Vin Diesel play the gruff and tough Furyan on screen again. However, Vin Diesel proved to be a shrewd businessman when he asked for the rights to the Riddick series in return for his cameo in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Nine years later, after a long struggle to gather the money and the momentum to make another sequel, Riddick hit theatres. The movie did not put up huge numbers, but the budget was much smaller, and it would seem that it ultimately turned a profit. Now this week Vin Diesel took to his Facebook page to tell fans that Universal wants to make another one thanks to the strong DVD and Blu-ray sales. Here’s what he had to say:
“I’m just excited, and happy, and I’m shouting out to you guys to say thank you. Universal just called me and told me Riddick is number one on the DVD charts. There’s no way Riddick would have been made without you guys. You know that. and you guys have been a part of our page since 2012 and remember how arduous a road it was to get the movie made, and to make it rated ‘R,’ and to do it with such a low budget. It’s a win for all of us and I really, really thank you so much. Yeah, I’m excited, and of course, Universal also says they want to develop the next one.”
Clearly it’s still early but this sounds promising for fans of a franchise that seemed all but dead. It’s hard to tell if this is just Vin Diesel speaking optimistically, but at the very least, he seems intent on continuing the series himself. Perhaps the best part of this announcement is the fact that it was buried in a 7 and a half minute video of Vin Diesel dancing and lipsyncing to Beyonce. What a goofy motherfucker. Are you excited about the possibility of another Riddick flick or are you just dumbfounded that this character is still alive and kicking?