The Chronicles Of Riddick isn't the biggest franchise out there. But it has some diehard fans, including Vin Diesel himself.
In spite of massive indifference from large swaths of the movie-going public, he perseveres with the latest instalment of Riddick, a back-to-basics M18-rated actioner.
Unlike its predecessor The Chronicles Of Riddick, which came with an expensive price tag of US$105 million (S$133 million), Riddick was shot at a much more cost-effective US$38 million and is primarily geared to satisfy fans.
Why did you make this movie?
For a few reasons.
One is that it's a character that has always been close to me; it was my first big character in Hollywood. I think Riddick, the character, is so interesting and dynamic and the idea of playing a quintessential anti-hero is something that I can relate to.
But most importantly, it was listening to an audience that said, "We want the next chapter."
A lot of them said, "We want it rated R," and also many said, "We don't care what the rating is, we just want to see this character come back."
Ironically, by making it rated R, we didn't have to spend US$200 million to make the movie, which led us to being able to pull it off.
The short answer is: I made it because the request for it was loud and clear.