Have you ever wondered why Vin Diesel had a cameo appearance in Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift and why he got to shoot another Riddick movie? Here’s why – he had to strike a deal with the producers of Fast and Furious just to get the rights to revive Riddick once again.
Vin Diesel tricked his way into reprising his notorious role as the famous Riddick.
Back when Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift was being produced, Universal Pictures (the studio, which stands behind the Fast and Furious franchise) felt like it was missing something. Thus, they decided to feature a short cameo appearance of Dominic Toretto. At that time, Vin Diesel was trying to push Universal for a third Riddick movie, but they were done with the Sci-Fi thriller’s franchise. Unfortunately, the lost $53 million from it – almost as much as they put into the second Riddick movie, so they decided not to go for a third one. Diesel, on the other hand, was convinced that there needed to be another movie for the alien hero, so he tricked Universal into making Riddick 3 happen. He told the studio not to pay him for his small cameo in Tokyo Drift and demanded to receive the rights to the Riddick franchise as a payment.
Universal were reluctant at first, but they eventually agreed to transfer the rights to the franchise to the actor. They thought they could gain more if they kept him in the Fast and Furious deal. They were actually right to agree to his deal because every single movie that came next was more successful than the previous one. Fast and Furious 7 is just about to hit theaters this year and both new and old fans are going to bring millions to Universal.
Riddick 3, on the other hand, wasn’t nearly as big of a success as the previous two movies in the franchise.