Vin Diesel has apparently figured out that sequels to established films are where it’s at. His The Fast and the Furious franchise has yet another installment, Furious 8, which is due in Spring 2017; Diesel has said in the past that Universal wants to make Riddick 4 at some point; and Sony has asked the actor to keep room in his upcoming schedule for a Last Witch Hunter sequel, assuming the first movie is a hit this fall.

Diesel is, no question, currently one of the biggest action movie stars in the world today and fans are always waiting to see what his next project will be. However, it looks like he will next be filming another franchise movie altogether.

xXx 3 (rumored to be titled xXx: The Return of Xander Cage) has reportedly been in development for many years. In January 2014, Vin Diesel announced that the script for a third xXx film was nearly complete. Fans of the film franchise that he birthed (and killed by his absence in xXx: State of the Union) should be happy to hear that Xander Cage will apparently ride again after all, as Diesel has announced though his Instagram that filming starts in 2015:

While I was filming XXX, guys on set called me Air Diesel... The time to return has come. Filming starts December in the Philippines. #ILiveForThisShit

A photo posted by Vin Diesel (@vindiesel) on

The xXx sequel xXx: State of the Union starred Ice Cube as Lt. Darius Stone, the character who took over the xXx agent title after Xander Cage was described as having been assassinated. It’s not difficult to imagine that the xXx 3 script – which has reportedly been penned by John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris (Terminator Salvation, Surrogates) – will quickly resolve the matter of how Cage faked his death (or something to similar effect), to explain why Diesel is back for a proper sequel that has real earning potential (given how Diesel’s box office stock has increased in recent years).

No details on any returning or new xXx cast members have yet been announced and a director is still not officially attached; the news that the team behind Halle Berry’s Catwoman also penned xXx 3 is also disconcerting. Hopefully, once everything is settled and more official news is revealed, this project will start sounding more promising. After all, the first xXx is regarded by many as a fun escapist action film that we don’t get much of these days, so a return to that world could be refreshing.

We’ll bring you more information on xXx 3/xXx: The Return of Xander Cage when we have it.

Source: Vin Diesel

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