The “Fast & Furious” franchise is well known for its massive fan base, despite the fact that according to Rotten Tomatoes, not all of the films in the series have garnered the best reviews. There are numerous films that ultimately failed to connect with audiences, at least at the time of its first release, even though some have recently garnered higher ratings from reviewers and fans. One of the series’ movies, “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” regrettably fell short of expectations with critics, garnering only a 36 percent rating.
Interestingly, the movie scored a far higher 69 percent from broad audiences, which is impressive. In fact, some viewers claim that “Tokyo Drift” has even become a franchise fan favorite (via Reddit). The 2006 movie deviates from the franchise’s standard format by focusing on Sean Boswell (Lucas Black), a high school student who is compelled to go to Tokyo with his father in order to avoid going to jail following a racing incident.
Although the majority of the franchise’s key figures are generally absent from the film, Sean is getting ready to race none other than Dominic Toretto in the film’s finale, giving the Toretto family a real connection (Vin Diesel).Just before the credits, Diesel makes a quick cameo appearance. Fans may be shocked to learn that Diesel only consented to make this cameo in exchange for fulfilling one very specific condition.
In exchange for a cameo, Vin Diesel requested the rights to the Riddick series.
In order to play Dominic Toretto in “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” actor Vin Diesel reportedly bargained with Universal for the rights to the Riddick character. This was his one stipulation. Diesel had initially chosen to leave the franchise after just the first 2001 film, but he was eventually persuaded to return after “2 Fast 2 Furious” underperformed. Universal planned to rapidly incorporate him into “Tokyo Drift” in a cameo role that may predict the future of the franchise in an effort to restore the series to the glory of its first edition.
Diesel agreed to play Richard B. Riddick in the cameo, but insisted on owning the rights to the character rather than receiving his customary actor’s fee. In the 2004 follow-up to the 2000 film “Pitch Black,” “The Chronicles of Riddick,” Diesel played Riddick. In 2013, Diesel and filmmaker David Twohy were able to release “Riddick” after acquiring the character’s rights. Unfortunately, neither critics nor viewers found the third installment in the series to be particularly compelling, giving it merely middling reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Notably, a fourth “Riddick” film is still being worked on as far as we are aware. Diesel shared the movie’s script on Instagram January 2019; the movie’s working title is “Riddick: Furya.”Since then, there haven’t been much updates on the project, but in May 2022, Diesel returned to Instagram to provide a look at a storyboard for the movie.