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Riddick a victory for Vin Diesel

Vin Diesel has said it's a "victory" that his new film Riddick is set to be released.

The actor has played extraterrestrial ex-con Richard B Riddick in two previous films - 2000's Pitch Black and 2004's The Chronicles Of Riddick - but it has taken him nearly a decade and millions of dollars in fundraising to bring the third instalment to the big screen, after the last movie didn't soar at the box office.

Vin worked with series writer-director David Twohy to resuscitate Riddick, even obtaining the film rights after Universal passed.

"I started in the independent (film) world, but this was a new level of challenge for me," said the actor.

The 46-year-old treated the sequel just like an indie film project, not unlike the 1990s self-funded movies Multi-Facial and Strays, which first transformed the burly New Yorker from bouncer to actor-producer.

Between filming Fast And Furious movies, he travelled to Germany with David to woo enough investors to convince the studio to come back on board.

"This character struck a chord," said Vin, who points to his 46 million Facebook fans as the reason for taking several risks - including almost leveraging his own house when bills couldn't be paid - to recover Riddick.

"He's tangible for them. I think the idea of a character that has been misread, overlooked and given up on is very fascinating to people."

He went on: "It's such a victory that this movie is going to be in theatres."

Riddick opens in UK cinemas on September 4.

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