Now it looks like they could well be happening.
Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this month, the film hit Number 1 in the DVD charts across the Atlantic, and Diesel released a video on Facebook to celebrate (including some candid footage of him dancing and some slightly-audible singing), confirming the studio’s interest in making a follow-up to last year’s blockbuster.
Guys, I’m just excited, I’m happy, and I’m shouting out to you guys to say thank you. Universal just called me and told me that Riddick is Number 1 in 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 my page since 2012, and I remember how arduous you were for us to actually 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 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!
Back when Diesel teased two further instalments, he wrote,
P.s. I think they are liking what they are seeing… haha, cause they asked when both Underverse and Furya would be ready to make and release… haha… now that’s a ways in the future but it is exciting.
Whether the two will both be getting made in the coming years of course remains to be seen, and we await official confirmation from all sides that the fourth film has got the green light.
But given the success of Riddick, which took just shy of $100m. at the box office, and is sure to take plenty more in its physical and digital releases, getting Underverse made next, and Furya beyond, is looking more and more likely.
No doubt we can look forward to word coming straight from Diesel himself, remaining ever active on Facebook. He’s always been candid with his fans, even teasing the meetings he’s had with the usually-secretive Marvel, so it should come as no surprise that he’s taken to Facebook once more to tease the studio’s interest in returning to this world.
Riddick is now available on DVD and Blu-ray on both sides of the Atlantic. With any luck, he and Twohy will have time to sit down to discuss things further with the studio very soon. More as we get it.