In 2002, star Vin Diesel and director Rob Cohen launched a modern twist on the spy thriller with xXx. Where characters like James Bond were suave, sophisticated types, Diesel and Cohen created a hero who embraced the chaos around him, an extreme sports enthusiast whose adrenaline-fueled escapades were made to service his country.

However, the duo – who also collaborated on the original Fast and the Furious – had a falling-out following the release of xXx. Rather than a proper sequel, the world got the box office disappointment xXx: State of the Union, which replaced Diesel with a new character played by Ice Cube. The director’s cut DVD of xXx even featured a short film depicting the untimely demise of Diesel’s Xander Cage character, leaving fans little choice than to abandon hope that Diesel would ever return to the franchise.

Years have passed since we first heard talk that Diesel just might be onboard to return to the role after all, and that Cohen would be the man to resurrect Xander Cage. Thanks to Crave Online, we now have some more details on exactly what Cohen has in mind for xXx 3D (yes, expect this franchise too to enter the third dimension).

Here’s what Cohen had to say about the new film:

“We did all new extreme sports things. I don’t know if you saw my Verizon wingsuit commercial, I had been preparing the climax of xXx 3D to be a wingsuit sequence, an actual physical fight in the air at terminal velocity. So that commercial was a warm-up. I’m just waiting for Vin to get his head out of doing back to back Fasts to sit down and really get him to focus on doing xXx 3D. That’s what I called it because we’re going to shoot it in 3D. I wanted to do an action film in 3D.”

Cohen says the story of the next xXx would have Cage face off against “a brother and sister, twins who are doing terrible things” and that his approach to 3D would involve plenty of action coming directly at the screen. See the aforementioned Verizon commercial below for a better idea of what the climax of xXx 3D might entail.

Regarding the death of Diesel’s character, Cohen admits that this move was a result of his personal feelings toward the actor.

“Well, I was so mad at Vin at that time but yes, I always felt like that was an oddity and that we would want to bring him back and give him a backstory.”

While xXx 3D is by no means a sure thing, Cohen’s comments indicate that Diesel remains interested in rejoining the franchise. Let’s not forget that he initially turned down a return to the Fast and Furious franchise and has since returned to start for multiple sequels, including the upcoming sixth and seventh installments. Plus, he continues to talk up Riddick, the third film in the series started by Pitch Black. It stands to reason – if he really has made his peace with Cohen – that he reprise his other career-defining role.

Does the prospect of a third xXx, interest you? Or would you prefer that Diesel focus on getting Riddick and additional Fast and Furious films off the ground? Sound off below.

Source: Crave Online