Vin Diesel's Hollywood career started off with smaller roles in Saving Private Ryan and Boiler Room, but he quickly rose to stardom with Pitch Black and The Fast and the Furious. He suffered a box office dud with The Chronicles of Riddick, but he managed to get back on track with a small cameo appearance in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. In fact, he only agreed to make the cameo if Universal gave him producer credit on future Fast & Furious movies and the rights to Riddick with the hopes of making more movies based on the sci-fi character.
Soon after, Diesel's production company One Race Films started making Fast & Furious movies, as he successfully rebooted the franchise in 2009, which was dangerously close to being a straight-to-video series. With the hopes of doing the same thing for Riddick, Diesel made a new installment in 2013, which was simply called Riddick. It wasn't as successful or popular as Fast & Furious, but Diesel isn't going to give up on Riddick anytime soon.
As reported in Variety, Diesel's One Race Films has made a multi-year deal with Universal Television to develop Riddick as a new TV series. According to Jennifer Salke, the president of NBC Entertainment, about the new deal:
“In addition to being a huge star for our feature division, Vin is a true creative force as a producer. After sitting down with him and his team at One Race Television, it’s clear he will now also be an incredible asset to both the network and our television studio. We feel really fortunate to be in business with, not only an international powerhouse, but a truly thoughtful and passionate producer.”
Of course, Diesel has made a lot of money for Universal Pictures this year alone with the success of Furious 7. The film grossed more than $1 billion worldwide with fans and general audiences hungry for more. Universal is in the Vin Diesel business, so making a deal with his production company to develop a new TV series can only be a good thing for everyone involved, especially fans.
Riddick may actually serve better on TV than on the big screen, since the world could be easier to explore on the small screen. The Riddick series could also wind up airing on Universal's SyFy Channel - a network that's begun increasing its sci-fi TV show output, but could still use a Battlestar Galactica-type success, in terms of popularity and cultural relevance. Hence, there's room for the Riddick TV show to flourish there.
It's unclear if Diesel would play Riddick on the TV show, but it seems unlikely considering his big screen roles (Fast & Furious, Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, and so on). However, Diesel also plans to make another Riddick movie, so maybe he could to develop an entire "Riddick Cinematic Universe" (given the popularity of cinematic universes in Hollywood right now).
There is no release date for the new Riddick TV show or Riddick 4 yet, but stay tuned to Screen Rant for more information as it becomes available.