Here is a pretty cool story.
Way back when, Vin Diesel turned down the opportunity to reprise his role in a 2nd installment of the Fast franchise. Well, after making a few questionable film career choices– The Pacifier most of all– Universal figured the Diesel was once again willing to return to the series that made him a mainstream star.
Diesel was willing but it would cost Universal a debt that would not involve money. He agreed to make a cameo in the 3rd installment titled, Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, if Universal signed over rights to the Riddick character to him and his production company, One Race. Even though Fast made him a household name, it’s obvious Diesel realizes that the character Riddick was his breakout role. You have to appreciate an actor who has such passion for a character.
What I love about this story is the fact that even when Diesel was at a career low, he wasn’t concerned about money. He made a choice to take a property he established over a paycheck, which I find badass. As you can tell, the rest is history, and Diesel is once again a bankable star. Fast and the Furious is now six movies strong, and Riddick hits theaters on Friday. Take that Bruce Willis. Greed doesn’t pay.
What do you think about the fact Vin Diesel owns Riddick rights?