'Riddick' Sequel in the Works at Universal

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Vin Diesel had to wait for years (and mortgage his house) in order to get Riddick going at Universal. But now that the movie's closing in on $100 million in global box office -- and a sizable home video hit in the bargain -- it sounds like Universal is ready to greenlight a sequel.

Franchise star and chief cheerleader Vin Diesel shared the news with his fans via Facebook post, where he enthused, "I’m just excited, and happy, and I’m shouting out to you guys to say thank you. Universal just called me and told me that Riddick is number one on the DVD charts. There’s no way in the world Riddick would have been made without you guys, you know that. You guys have been a part of our page since 2012 and remember how arduous a road it was to get the movie made, and to make it rated R, and to do it with such a low budget. It’s a win for all of us and I really, really, really, really thank you so much. Yeah, I’m excited, and of course, Universal’s also saying they want to develop the next one."

While Riddick wasn't exactly a critical hit, it represented a substantial improvement over the previous entry in the series, 2004's ill-received The Chronicles of Riddick -- and as Diesel notes, the most recent Riddick's $38 million budget made it a much more palatable investment for Universal. Given how much dough he's helped generate for the studio as a member of the Fast & Furious, it stands to reason that they'd want to stay in the Diesel business, so it looks like Riddick will live to fight off yet another round of would-be killers.

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