It was long ago that a movie called “Pitch Black” gave Vin Diesel his chance to become a star. In that movie he played a character called Riddick, someone who could see in the dark. That movie lead to his eventual connection to the Fast and Furious franchise and the rest is history. Sort of. When “Chronicles of Riddick” was a box office failure Universal didn’t want much to do with anything Riddick related anymore. So here’s what went down. According to THR
In 2006, when Universal asked Diesel to make a cameo in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. (Diesel had starred in the first Fast and the Furious in 2001 but walked away from the first two sequels.) Looking to recharge the series, the studio wanted to use his brief return in Tokyo Drift to signal he would be back center stage in a fourth movie. Diesel agreed, but instead of an acting fee, he demanded the studio give him and his One Race production company rights to the Riddick character.
Diesel then worked with writer-director on a new Riddick that would be a better story and filmed for much less money. Chronicles cost over $100MM and only made $57 Million. “Riddick” on the other hand was made for less than $40MM and is already set to surpass that mark this weekend. Diesel is known to really respect the Riddick character and says the movie is “the story of my life.” Well, all we can say is nicely done Vin.