On some days, social media provides a terrific set of tools for our modern world. And on other days, social media provides us with six minutes of Vin Diesel awkwardly shuffle-dancing around his living room to a series of pop songs. Today, of course, brings the latter.
The video (posted to the actor’s Facebook page), begins without warning or explanation. Diesel simply starts up Katy Perry‘s “Dark Horse” and begins to gyrate around, seemingly unburdened by rhythm, stopping only to thrust his face uncomfortably close to his webcam and mouth the lyrics. What could possibly inspire such a fervent display of dance-thusiasm? Had Mr. Diesel accidentally come into contact with the hallucinogenic Colorado River Toad immediately beforehand?
Once “Dark Horse” dies down, the answer becomes clear: the cause for celebration is Diesel’s 2013 release, Riddick, which had just been crowned number one on the DVD sales charts. This rousing success prompted a call from Universal, who shared not only the good news, but also pledged their support for a fourth Riddick film: “They want to develop the next one,” says Diesel. From here, the actor discusses the Grammys before clicking over to Beyonce‘s “Drunk in Love” and releasing his inner dance demons once more.
Considering the Riddick franchise’s sordid history, this news is more than enough to put a song in Diesel’s heart and a strange, semi-hilarious spring in his step. After The Chronicles of Riddick tanked, Universal wouldn’t fund a third film, and Diesel was forced to leverage his house to pay for last year’s Riddick. And while he doesn’t mention the involvement of David Twohy (who wrote and directed all three previous Riddick films) in between fervent bouts of swaying side to side, Diesel already confirmed Twohy’s involvement in a fourth film back when he disclosed the whole house-leveraging thing.
Twohy, it seems, is already hard at work writing Riddick 4. There’s been no official announcement from Universal, no press releases, and no statements about a fourth film, yet given how hard Diesel worked to get Riddick in theaters, and given the six-minute happy dance that studio backing has inspired, a fourth Riddick seems all but certain. Even without uttering the word “Kickstarter,” Diesel has managed to give those teeming hordes of Riddick fans exactly what they desired most.
And that, apparently, was Vin Diesel turning his living room into a miniature Grammy Awards where Beyonce, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, and Juicy J are all portrayed by Vin Diesel. Do yourself a favor and watch as much of the following video as you can — and if things start to get awkward, the actual Riddick announcement comes at about 3:10.