Rob Cohen Discusses His Plans For Vin Diesel’s Return in ‘xXx 3D’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:27 pm,

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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.”

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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

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  1. xXx was ok, but yeah, i would like to have riddick be release and the FatF series finished off first before i thought about a xXx sequel with vin. by the way, didnt vin say at one time that the third riddick could be released in january? i dont see how a film can be in post production right now and not have a release date, or even a teaser trailer at this point. i doubt itll be released in january but still. hasnt that film been done filming for several months now?

  2. Welcome back to the Xander Zone!

    Is it me or does Jackson’s character in xXx seem to much like Nick Fury?

  3. I get what you’re saying Guardian. It’s like he is,but he ain’t.His character Gibbons is more like Lynch in the A-team,except not as funny.
    More sinister texture. But yes,in terms of in Gibbons case,his face is scarred but it isn’t shown why,just as is the case with Nick Furys’ eye.
    I hope that if they do make a 3rd one,that it have a more interesting & complex story but not too dragged out so that the action can build at a decent pace,so by the time the viewer gets to the finale of the film that they may leave the theatre feeling gratified.

  4. Couldnt care less, xXx was awful, Vin Diesel is mostly awful, the world has moved on, Diesel had his moment and he blew it, Fast Five was only decent because of the Rock, who would have destroyed Diesel in the real world!

    • I completely agree with the doctor here. Enough Vin Diesel already, he’s starting to become like a Tom Cruise, nobody likes them any more!

      • I still can’t believe they have cast him as Jack Reacher! That’s like Tickle Me Elmo playing Dutch in The Muppets Vs Predator, size matters Mr Cruise and you ain’t got it, no level of Cuban heels are going to make you stand tall and intimidate! Unless he looked like he does in the Outsiders

  5. Well the joke is in the article itself already…

  6. I loved xXx, looking forward to seeing Vin Diesel back in that role.

  7. I don’t see a lot of interest in this at all. Daniel Craig’s 007 has brought the rough edges back to Bond.

  8. Tried recently to watch xXx, I released halfway through it wasn’t that great. The music sucks. A scene goes to action and then..distorted guitars & cookie monster vocals..bleehh. This might be a turkey at the box office, ala Dredd.

    • LOL…That about sums up the format of many of his movies..though I have to say I do like the Riddick series. BTW cool screen name.

  9. I thought the first movie was great, but the sequel was disappointing.

    There’s still a market out there for Vin Diesel movies, and I definitely wouldn’t mind a third instalment. Also really looking forward to the new Riddick movie.

    FatF 6/7 might be pushing it a bit, but we’ll see how those turn out.

  10. i had a thought of what if a film franchise was on constant revival. Each new film would have a new lead actor and new director. Think of it, each new Bond film would have someone new playing bond and someone new directing, giving each film a different feeling and so many creative people to have different inputs on the character. To do this you would need an iconic and exciting hero. Indiana Jones, James Bond, Batman, can all be done that way. But since each of those franchises have actors and directors working on multiple installments, my idea doesnt work for any of them. Which brings me to my relevant point.

    XXX can be that franchise with a new actor/director each time. Each time following the same idea of a street smart bad-ass gets picked up by CIA to save the world. Just plug in Actor, Director, location, and you have the next summer blockbuster. So i guess i’m against Vin Diesel coming back. I’d really like to see a franchise take this approach.

    • While it sounds interesting, the problem is that this is a business we’re talking about, and if one formula proves successful then the studios will want to repeat it to capitalize on the success of the previous instalment. It usually takes an actor or director saying no to make them either stop there, or get different talent.

  11. I absolutely love both the xxx and fast series. If Vin were to star in another xxx I would be first in line!

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