Vin Diesel has a lot at stake for the third installment in the Riddick film series. Not only is he the lead, but he also produced it by putting up his own money.
It’s been over a decade since the actor took on the role of Richard B. Riddick in the film series back in 2000 with Pitch Black. But this time around, without the backing of a major studio — Universal produced and distributed the previously volume — Diesel took it upon himself to produce Riddick: Rule The Dark on his own.
“This was tricky, because it wasn’t like being the producer for Fast & Furious. This was being the producer of something that if it didn’t work, I woulda lost my house,” he said during a press conference in Los Angeles last week. “Everything I had in my life was leveraged … to make this movie. So, the producer role, the stakes were higher than any producer I know, because the skin in the game was real.”
Apparently, after the continuous request from fans of the franchise to make another film, Diesel says he felt compelled to deliver. “I was so … committed to answering this growing request from the social media fan to continue this character. The only way I could pull it off was by leveraging everything,” he said.
Reports say it cost around $35 million and $40 million to make. It paid off too, because Universal would come aboard after to distribute 2013’s Riddick… and Diesel stands to make a lot more of the pie by funding its production.
This time around though, the movie gets an “R” rating, simply because the PG-13 sequel (Chronicles of Riddick) was criticized by fans of the series as too commercial after a successful first movie.
Riddick hits theaters on Friday (September 6).
Plans for more Riddick films are already in the works. Diesel confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that writer/director David Twohy is currently writing the next installment.