Vin Diesel Says Universal is Ready to Develop ‘Riddick 4′

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Sci-fi action/horror Pitch Black introduced audiences to survivalist Richard B. Riddick, played by then relative-unknown Vin Diesel; that cult hit gave rise to a bigger-budgeted followup, The Chronicles of Riddick, which under-performed both critically and financially. However, after nine years of stop-and-go progress and relative shoestring budgeting, a third installment was released last year, in the form of Riddick.

Riddick – once again directed by David Twohy – managed to eclipse its $38 million budget in the U.S. and grossed $98 million around the globe. That made the movie a profitable endeavor (not accounting for marketing), but it wasn’t clear if that was good enough to keep Universal interested in making a fourth Riddick installment… until now.

According to the LA Times, Riddick was the best-selling DVD and Blu-ray title during its first week of release. Universal took notice and reached out to Diesel, who then shared the good news with his 63 million Facebook fans in a video that starts off with him dancing and lip-syncing to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” (see for yourself), before he then provides the following explanation (at the 3:12 mark):

“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.”

That was when Diesel offer the really juicy tidbit of news for fans, saying that “Yeah, I’m excited and of course, Universal also says they want to develop the next one.”

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Critics, as a whole, were somewhat lukewarm about how successful Riddick is at calling back to plot/themes from previous films, while still progressing the mythology. However, the film pleased many longtime fans and got Screen Rant’s Ben Kendrick’s stamp of approval (What more do you need to know?); perhaps most importantly story-wise, left things open for additional installments.

In fact, during our interview with him, Twohy admitted that, given his way, he would complete the saga by making a fourth and fifth chapter:

“I believe there are two more movies. And I think it’s good that we are looking at ending the series so it doesn’t feel like an open-ended thing, like we’re doing it just for monetary reasons and we’ve just got to keep rolling it over and rolling it over. I think there’s a real end to this and I know what that last movie looks like. The real question is: is it like a two-parter rather than a one-parter? So I think we’re both thinking the same thing, that there’s two more movies in the series.”

As to the exact narrative course that will be charted by those two movies, that remains to be seen; though, the list of stops on the way will certainly include Riddick’s Furya home planet and potentially other places in the Necromonger universe. We hope to have more details to offer you soon, as early development on Riddick 4 (and beyond?) gets underway.

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Riddick is now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Source: Vin Diesel, LA Times

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  1. I liked Riddick, although he didn’t fulfill his promise to Dahl.

    I think it’s better when they focus on his “ninja” and “McGyver” abilities rather than going into that whole Furya and Necromonger stuff (although his Furya “power” was nary to be found in Riddick).

    It will be interesting to see what they do with Riddick 4, and if Karl Urban is going to be an ally or an enemy.

    • Well, ToC didn’t have the blue glowy/blowing up bit in the theatrical cut as I understand it. Nor Sihrah. But the unrated cut of Riddick def. fixed the ending and touched a bit more on the Furyan side of things. I just don’t think they ticked him off bad enough to make him explode this time.

  2. YES! For those who haven’t seen the Director’s Cut of ‘Riddick’ DO IT! I can’t wait to see where it goes now!!!

    • Agreed Director’s Cut much better! Can’t wait for the next installment!

    • Yes, I agree too.

      While it doesn’t change the elements I didn’t like about the film, the addition of longer scenes with Karl Urban and an alternate open ended ending made it a more enjoyable experience for me for sure.

      • Well, now I have to see the Directors cut…

        • Do so! It is AWESOME. They should have used THAT ending in theaters and not the limp handshake we got.

          • I think they didn’t use that because it wasn’t clear if there was any hope for a sequel, especially since they struggled so much to make the film. After it was moderately successful in theatres, then it made sense to have that ending which sets up a next film.

        • It’s not the directors cut of KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, but it’s better than the previous version. More Karl Urban is never a bad thing.

          original cut 3 1/2 out of 5
          DC 4 out of 5

  3. I did my part… hitting the theater and buying the DVD. Now, if we can only do the same for ‘Dredd’.

    • Amen.

    • Yes, Dredd sequel needs to be made as soon as possible.

      Producer Avi Shankar commented on it on Twitter yesterday, stating that he’s game to do it and seeming to hint that it may happen.

      • Chronicles and Riddick ARE the Dredd sequels.

        Earth has been Necromongered already and Vaako is Dredd. :)

  4. This is awesome news.

    I guess I’m one of the few who liked the grand scale of Chronicles more than the constrained scale of Riddick/Pitch Black, but it looks like they want to go back in the direction of the Necromongers/Furiya with the next film or two.

    I was worried that they wouldn’t be able to justify that direction and the budget it would take, but if the director said that’s the way he wants to go, and Universal seems on board, then I guess it looks like it’s going to happen.

    After being somewhat disappointed with the 3rd instalment, I am very much looking forward to the 4th (and 5th).

  5. Can’t agree with you guys. For the third installment was even worse than the second. Too bad they didn’t stop with pitch black which was a perfect sci fi gem.

    • No, I do not agreed with you. The third installment was better than the second. The second was worse one!!

      I can’t wait for Riddick 4 and 5!

  6. Yes, please. Riddick was great! More please!

    I picked up the Blu-ray right away and watched both the Theatrical Cut and the Director’s Cut. I must say that I liked the Theatrical Cut better. While more information about Furia and the Underverse would be interesting, I didn’t like how that stuff was implemented in the Director’s Cut. Those extended scenes absolutely didn’t fit in with the rest of the movie and felt like a foreign object that disrupted the overall feel of the movie. They certainly didn’t add anything worthwhile to the story that couldn’t rather be added to the prologue of a sequel that would actually deal with these topics.

    • I think the intention with those additions was to indicate that it’s still taking place in the same universe where the Underverse and Furya are still eventual goals, and that they haven’t abandoned those aspects of the story line.

      It also gives a little more insight as to where Riddick’s eye shine comes from i.e. not from that doctor in the slam like Pitch Black original indicated, but rather more in line with the explanation from the butcher bay game.

      • Explain that eye shine thing to me. In Riddick…Vakko says he had an encounter with another furyan when he was younger. Vakko said something along the lines that he remembered those silver eyes.( Director’s cut I believe )
        It would’ve been cool if the Furyan race had that trait in their eyes.Some with silver, others perhaps different metallic ( color ) eyes.

        • Vaako was there for the invasion of Furya. He saw several Furyans with the shine. The explanation given through the various bits of lore and retcon is that Riddick is an Alpha Furyan, and the eye shine is a mark of that. He tells the story of the prison shine and lets people believe it, but Butcher Bay was pretty much all about Sihrah prodding him into remembering that he got the shine some other way. He thought the Doc did it, the Doc said he didn’t have time…so on and so forth. Point is, he’s not just Furyan, he’s an uber-Furyan. The last one too.

          • Yeah, what he said :).

            My understanding is that it was basically his inner Furyan power that gave him the eye shine. That same power that caused him to be able to release the burst of energy that knocked out (killed?) that group of Necros in Chronicles.

  7. Not really surprised, they were talking about making another two in the series during the press rounds before Riddick released in cinemas.

    • love the riddick movies saw them out of order but i bought them and watch them regular

      cant wait to see more

      hope with less sexual content and potty mouth

  8. he should have said this about Fast & Furious

    “I believe there are two more movies. And I think it’s good that we are looking at ending the series so it doesn’t feel like an open-ended thing, like we’re doing it just for monetary reasons and we’ve just got to keep rolling it over and rolling it over.”

    • He’s not part of the F&F series so it’s not his place to say that about it, and that may also offend Vin, which I’m sure he wouldn’t want to do either.

  9. While Riddick was a bit of a mashup of Pitch Black and Chronicles….I enjoyed it none the less. Now that they’ve done the small and intimate again, it’s time to explore Furya,the Underverse and bring back Urban!

  10. Oh yeah…the director’s cut is the superior cut. I like the end of that because it’s an open ending kind of thing. Is Vakko dead ? I mean, when he asks that necromonger chick if vakko is dead….she says: BOTH. Is vakko in the underverse or isn’t he ? That left me confused but excited as well. Does this mean Riddick still has the Necromongers at his disposal ? Will he search out Vakko ?

  11. I really like ‘Riddick’. The only things i dont like was that boy with the mercenaries.

    Great movie.

  12. Cool. I could go for some more. (It’s not Shakespear, I know… lol)

  13. RIDDICK needs 2 more films . The next one (fourth in the series) should have Riddick going after the Necromongers and retake it after tracing down and defeating Karl Uban’s character. This could easily be what ‘Chronicles Of Riddick” should have been. The 2nd and last film (filth in the series) would provide closure on the Character by seeing Riddick return to Furya and face his past, kill those responsible and in the end die a hero’s death to provide a solid close to the life of the character.

    • Well, Vin did say there were to be 3 more starting with Riddick.

      The problem with your timeline is the by taking down the Necromongers and Vaako in the 4th film, he will have already did what you proposed as the plot for the 5th film.

      I may be wrong, but it was the Necromongers and Vaako who destroyed Furya via Necroforming.

      I do think the 4th should be about Riddick vs Vaako but somewhere midway, the surprise would be that Jack/Kyra is really alive and that Vaako was holding her prisoner as leverage in case. The end of the 4th would be Riddick defeating Vaako and saving Kyra and but crash landing on a very changed and violent Furya. The 5th would be Riddick and Kyra trying to escape Furya ala Pitch Black and Riddick.

  14. No matter what there must be more riddick movies they are film genius, vin diesel plays it brilliantly

  15. Bring Jack/Kirya back! The Necromongers presrved her body and brought her back because they need Riddicks help killing some smart vampire types humans that has a taste for their blood

  16. I was so happy when I heard the 3rd was coming out, could hardly wait for it. I was alittle disappointed at first as it seemed a rerun of Pitch Black. I watched it a couple times and expanded the nuances and like it a lot now. I do hope the 4th is not a monster repeat but will watch and buy regardless. I like Vin and his movies and am glad he persevered to get this one done.

  17. Diesel and Twohy should develop “Riddick 4″ at Legendary Pictures.

  18. I want Riddick 4 movie action figure toys for the movie.

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