Vin Diesel talks new ‘Riddick’ film: ‘I would do all this for free’

theGRIO REPORT - Fans of 'The Chronicles of Riddick' film series are in for a treat. Nearly a decade after the sci-fi adventure began, 'Riddick: Rule The Dark' is finally headed to theaters....

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Fans of The Chronicles of Riddick film series are in for a treat. Nearly a decade after the sci-fi adventure began, Riddick: Rule The Dark is finally headed to theaters.

The latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga is directed by David Twohy, and stars and is produced  by Vin Diesel, who wrote and directed the first two installments, The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and Pitch Black (2000).

Diesel stars alongside Keri Hilson, Bokeem Woodbine, Dave Batista, Karl Urban, and Katee Sackhoff, reprising his role as antihero Riddick, a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

In Rule the Dark, Riddick has been “left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless.  Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered.  The only way off is for Riddick to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.”

During a set visit interview with theGrio, the stars of Riddick: Rule the Dark, took a break from filming to talk about their new film.

“It’s more surreal to me to be here after 9 years,” Diesel said. “You know how long I’ve been talking about this, you know how many press junkets I’ve been at talking about Riddick, and we’re actually on set here shooting a Riddick that’s better than all expectations, better than anything we anticipated.”

Diesel is arguably best known for playing Dominc Toretto in the Fast & Furious franchise. Earlier this month Universal announced that Fast & Furious 6 has become the fastest film to climb to the $500 million mark in the studio’s history.

“We’re here now because of the Fast & Furious relationship…” Diesel said. “It’s interesting how Fast & Furious was born out of Universal taking over this cult film called “Pitch Black” back in 1998 and now we’re here shooting The Chronicles of Riddick, after everyone thought it would be impossible.”

The Saving Private Ryan star admitted that he’s been “lobbying and leveraging” to get the latest installment of Riddick green-lit for more than a decade, but had difficulty doing so because of the film’s “R” rating. He also confessed that Riddick is a passion project that he would do for free.

“Unfortunately I should probably care more about making money than I do — and don’t tell the people who pay me cause they pay me a lot of money, that I would do all this sh** for free.”

Riddick: Rule The Dark hits theaters nationwide September 6.