In a 2002 interview with Variety, David Twohy shared the story about how “The Chronicles of Riddick” came to be:
“I pitched an ambitious treatment for a sequel two years ago and [Universal Pictures] passed. It was only after ‘Lord of the Rings’ and the new ‘Star Wars’ that the possibilities here grabbed us. Once we started running with it, everybody fell in love with what we were doing, even the studio. Is everybody planning for three? Yes, they are.”
Twohy also said during the interview that Vin Diesel was extra interested to make more Riddick films back in 2002 because he wanted a franchise and “‘Fast and Furious’ didn’t happen for him.” I have news for you from the future, Twohy, “Fast and Furious” did happen and metastasized into a bombastically absurd franchise, with the eleventh film in the universe, “Fast X,” bringing us more ridiculous moments to look forward to. Everything’s come up Diesel, in fact, because not only did he get the “Fast and Furious” franchise as well as two additional “Riddick” films in 2004 and 2013, but he and Twohy are also currently shopping one more Riddick feature, “Riddick: Furya.” It looks like Richard B. Riddick will be back a theater near you sometime soon, whether you were looking forward to that or not.