The third film in the series from director David Twohy ("The Fugitive"), the new movie follows the gist of the two previous flicks with Riddick deserted on a hostile planet left to fend for himself.
The first two films were never major box-office hits. Instead, over the years, the series gained a cult following. ("Pitch Black" earned $53 million worldwide while the costly $105 million sequel "The Chronicles of Riddick" grossed $115 million in theaters.)
"The reality is that I always envisioned the 'Riddick' franchise as a continuing mythology, so I always imagined that there would be many other films to follow," Diesel told Spinoff Online. "And yet, I do feel like I answered that growing request from the fans that said, 'Please make another Riddick.'"