Vin Diesel returned for a cameo as Dominic Toretto at the end of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, but only after reaching a unique deal.
Vin Diesel I wasn't going to make a cameo in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, but the action star changed his mind after coming to terms with Universal pictures. The actor has been part of the franchise Fast and Furious from the beginning as he played Dominic Toretto in the original 2001 film. But there were a few years that he didn't want to reprise the role that led to stardom.
Now it's easy to think of Fast and Furious like the franchise of Vin DieselBut that was not the case from the beginning. He could have been a co-leader in the second installment alongside Brian O’Conner of Paul walker, but preferred other projects. His absence from the series almost continued with The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Although this time he made a small cameo at the end of the film, since he thought that Diesel's time with the franchise was almost over.
In fact, Diesel only agreed to make a cameo on Tokyo Drift if Universal gave him the rights to another franchise in return.
Toretto by Riddick.
When Universal and Vin Diesel were negotiating their return for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and the fourth installment in the franchise, the actor proposed to omit the usual Tokyo Drift cameo fees. However, in exchange for his time, Diesel wanted Universal to grant him the film rights to the character of Riddick. Diesel had already portrayed the character in two movies at the time and wanted to make sure he was in charge of the future of the franchise. Universal accepted this demand and gave the Diesel production company One race Riddick's rights in exchange for his Tokyo Drift cameo.
After completing the Riddick rights deal, Vin Diesel and One Race moved on to make a third movie in the franchise. The film was released in 2013, nine years after Diesel obtained the rights, and had a moderate performance thanks to a small budget. Diesel still has plans for the franchise to continue as well. Announced in 2014 that Riddick 4: Furya is in process and has more recently reiterated that the script is almost finished. Diesel even scoffed that a television series could be in the works.
Trading franchise rights for a cameo isn't the kind of deal that happens regularly in Hollywood, but in this case it turned out to be a stage where everyone won. Universal managed to secure the place of Vin Diesel in the franchise Fast and Furious, while the actor could do Riddick in their own way. In addition, the film studio became the distributor of the third film in the science fiction saga. Since they have secured a lasting and successful business relationship. Why not forget that the ninth and tenth installments of Fast and Furious will be released soon.
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