'Riddick's' Vin Diesel talks integrity and going 'R' in a PG-13 world
DIESEL: You’ve got to go to the Underverse; that’s something I talked about at the beginning of our meeting today. It’s expected, it’s something I firmly believe, even if Blizzard went off and created The Wrath of Lich King with whatever idea they had of the Underverse… [laughs] You guys don’t get that. [laughs] Anyway, yes, you have to go to the Underverse, you want to go to the Underverse and you’ll have to go through the Underverse to get to Furya. So, those are the two stories that are mapped out.
The Underverse is a much more costly venture and trying to do a rated R movie, we went this direction which is cool and even more interesting because it’s so unexpected. But yes, you will be at the Underverse and you will be at Furya sooner or later. Michelle says I DM Hollywood because of things like "Chronicles of Riddick." Right after "Chronicles of Riddick," I tried to ask the studio who said, “Yeah, we’re not going to make another 'Chronicles of Riddick.'” And I said, “You know, if I paid you $10 million, if I put my house up, if I put all my houses up and took some loans, would you give me that property back?” and they said, “No.” And it wasn’t until that "Tokyo Drift" cameo came around that everything changed.
It’s all…leverage. But, the loudest three promises that I made, because it’s all about promises for me for some dumbass reason, the loudest three promises that I made in this millennium are: "Chronicles of Riddick" will continue, at the cost of not doing any of those sci-fi films that have been offered, holding true to that; the second is, Letty will return, period, against all odds, because that’s what was designed from the very beginning. Maybe I stick to the things that were designed from the beginning, maybe that’s weird, but if that’s what we talk about, about how this story and mythology is going to lay out, it’s hard for me to abandon shit and just go, “Okay, let’s create something new.” That’s just disconnected and patronizes our audience.
And the third promise?
DIESEL: What do you think the third promise is?
Haven’t a clue.
DIESEL: Anybody have a clue? T.J. what’s the third promise?
I would hope it’d be Hannibal.
DIESEL: The Punic Wars. Yes, he is right. Haven’t you heard me talk about Hannibal?
I’ve heard you talk about it.
DIESEL: Haven’t you heard me talk about it and talk about it and talk about it and talk about it? Usually people throw things at me, like, “You asshole! You’ve been talking about Hannibal for ten years!” You’ve heard me talk about it and talk about it and the fun of it is, just in the same way that I’ve been talking about "Riddick" and talking about "Riddick," I was given the action…what was the award? The action hero award for the new ShoWest thing in Vegas?
DIESEL: CinemaCon! You know the deal. And so I got this great award there and right before I went out on stage, they asked me to go up to this press conference. There were people in the audience saying, “You’ve been talking about 'Riddick' for a long time! Now what is - “ and they were beating me up about this 'Riddick' thing. “I remember in 2006, you started saying that you’re going to have another 'Riddick' come out and - “ I’m being charged for withholding 'Riddick'! I get that with Hannibal.
I might have been in that room with the "Riddick."
DIESEL: Okay, okay. It’s liberating now. It’s a great feeling to be able to say, “It’s taken a long, long journey; nine years since we did the last one. But we’re here. And we’re doing it. And we’re doing it with integrity and we’re doing it for real. I can’t wait to see this movie. It’s always a good sign when you cannot wait to see the movie. And that’s what this is: this is one of those, “I can’t wait,” I don’t even care about sharing the movie, I just want to see the movie [laughs], I want the ticket. And Hannibal’s that third one. Hannibal’s the dream that’s been there for a long time. When I brought Facebook to Tunisia…[laughs] I can’t, it’s too late, I’m going to talk too much.
"Riddick" hits theaters on September 6.