xXx 3 Gets a New Director

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 8:21 am,

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News has surfaced, by way of The Hollywood Reporter, stating that a new director has been found for xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, the third installment in Columbia Pictures’ action series. Last year both star Vin Diesel and Rob Cohen (director of the first installment) agreed to join forces for a third film, but in June this year Cohen bailed to direct Medieval. The new director is Ericson Core (Invincible), who’s worked with Diesel before as the Cinematographer on The Fast and the Furious.

Diesel starred in the original xXx back in 2002, but both he and director Cohen skipped the second film, xXx: State of the Union, starring Ice Cube and directed by Lee Tamahori.

Diesel was somewhat of a hot name at the time of xXx, but for some reason he thought it best to skip both the sequel and two of the Fast and the Furious sequels in order to concentrate on The Chronicles of Riddick. After that came the financial failure Babylon A.D. and the family comedy (read: the film that lost him his “street cred”), The Pacifier.

It’s no wonder then that Diesel has turned his sights back on the franchises that gave him relative success in the first place, first with Fast & Furious earlier this year and now with xXx 3 (there’s also rumblings of a new Riddick movie, too). The new xXx is being produced by Neil Moritz and Joe Roth, and was written by John Brancato and Michael Ferris (Terminator Salvation), with the script recently being “polished” by Richard Wilkes, writer of the original. Unsurprisingly (going by the name) the third film will see Diesel’s “action man” Xander Cage return to the National Security Agency after an eight-year hiatus.

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After Cage’s apparent death sometime following the first film – which was mentioned in the second one and even partially seen in a special scene filmed for the DVD release of the first movie – I’m calling now that the explanation they’ll give in The Return of Xander Cage is that he faked his own death. You just wait and see.

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The first xXx was somewhat fun, but in no way what you would call a “good” movie. For anyone who enjoys action films for the ridiculous, over-the-top brain-mush they so often deliver, then you’ll get a few kicks out of xXx. The sequel with Ice Cube was absolutely horrible, not least of which because of Cube. I really don’t want to spend too much time thinking about it.

It’ll be interesting to see if xXx 3 will make any money. The first one made almost $280 million worldwide, but the second dropped to about $70 million. Will the inclusion of Diesel this time around bring in more people? I have a sneaking suspicion it just might. Of course, franchise name recognition doesn’t exactly hurt either. Having said that, this step seems like further evidence of Diesel trying to spark a second go at stardom by retracing his cinematic steps. You can’t exactly blame him, I suppose, but I can’t say I’m psyched about the movie, either.

With Cohen now not returning to direct, and instead Core (who’s got limited directorial experience) helming it, they’ve just removed one possible ray of hope this sequel might have had. I’m going to go out on a limb here (note the sarcasm) and say it’ll be lame. Not xXx 2 lame, but still pretty lame nonetheless.

What do you think about a third xXx movie? What about the director they’ve brought on-board?

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage currently has an aimed production start date of sometime early next year, and doesn’t have a release date yet.

Source: THR

TAGS: XXX: The Return of Xander Cage

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  1. I enjoyed the first, and liked the first ten minutes of the second. I just hope they come up with a good reason for Cage’s return from the dead.

  2. Well, I would go see this, as I liked xXx. But don’t go by what I say…I actually liked the 2nd one. Sir, I am ready for flogging. :-P

  3. Here are Vin Diesel’s most recent films that he STARRED in:
    -XXX
    -The Pacifier
    -Chronicles of Ridick
    -A Man Apart
    -Babylon AD
    -Find Me Guilty
    -Knockaround Guys

    Anybody see the similarity between these movies…They ALL SUCKED

    I cannot believe they mad a sequel to XXX and now that they are making another I am just flabergasted at the stupidity of it. I will NOT be seeing this one

    Vin Diesel shoudl just stick to racing cars with Paul Walker

  4. ericson core has worked with diesel and cohen before as DP of the first fast and furious

  5. Sounds like they just hired somebody they knew to just belt one out.

  6. Does the word f-l-o-g-g-e-d prevent posts from showing up? I type 2 posts about being chastized for liking xXx 2 and neither of those showed up.

  7. Are the producers that delusional to think that anyone actually cares about this series anymore?

    Now like it was mentioned before,at the time Vin Diesel was a hot commodity and the first xXx movie raked in over $40 mil on it’s opening weekend,but it was the only new movie to come out that week worth seeing(depending on your own personal perspective).

    xXx 2 made under $13 mil in it’s opening and finished 3rd.A legitimate argument can be made that a change in the lead actor is the reason that it didn’t do so good,and I will concede that only to a point.My personal feeling is that along with the switch in actors,the first movie just wasn’t that good and people just didn’t really care anymore.

    All that to say,I think that this movie is probably gonna be a complete waste of time,and the producers will learn that the hard way when they see the box office take.

  8. Guys, if your comments don’t show up on this post no need to contact us about it – the title of the film is flagging comments for the spam filter.

    I’ll go through periodically an find them and publish them. :)

    Vic

  9. I liked a man apart and knockaround guys alot. triple X was good and so was chronicles of riddick. Also i felt that babylon a.d. wasnt the disaster you all seem to be making it out to be….except financially.

  10. 1st one was cool, 2nd one sucked horribly, I’ll still see this cause I like Vin Diesel.

  11. I don’t know if its just me, but I’d like to see Vin cast as kratos when and if a god of war movie comes out. He needs to stick with blatant action and little dialog.

  12. XXX Zombie — a dead guy working for the government what is it the unlife story of Dick Cheney

  13. hey guys,i want some info about something.i want to buy this jacket tha vin diesel is wearing at the first picture of this page.seriously if anyone knows some information about it,anything,for example what mark it is etc please les me know!

  14. i realy want to buy it..just tell me whta mark it is so that i can find it at ebay!!thanxx!!

  15. Ewwwwwwww If you look closely at Vin Diesel in the sceond photo, he looks like he had breast implants. Ewwwwwwwwwww.

    Nothing personal, but that photo of him is really nasty.

  16. I enjoy Vin Diesel. He was good in Pitch Black, Triple XXX, Man Apart and the Fast and Furious movies. Bringing him back is the best choice they can make for this sequel!

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