xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage

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xxx xXx: The Return Of Xander CagePoor Vin Diesel, the man just can’t get a break. He hit the big time about a decade ago with Pitch Black. He followed that movie up with The Fast and the Furious and xXx, however he refused to star in follow-ups to these. Instead opting for The Chronicles of Riddick, a big budget sequel to Pitch Black, a film that failed to meet expectations (as well as its budget at the box office).

Following the failure of Babylon A.D. and the loss of “street cred” due to The Pacifier, Diesel is returning to the “furious” franchise next summer with Fast and Furious (the fourth film in the series), while news has come in today that the bald star and original xXx director Rob Cohen are mulling a return to the “modern Bond” franchise they started in 2002 (following Ice Cube’s disastrous sequel).

So what the heck is up with Vin Diesel?

Do these choices merely reek of desperation or a cunning game plan?

My thinking is that Diesel is a little desperate. Every A-list star needs a franchise to fall back on – it’s a safety net for when things get rough. For examples of this see Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Willis, Ford (and Eddie Murphy over the last five or so years) – when the chips are down return to your glory days.

Diesel however cooked his goose before he actually bought it by bailing on xXx and The Fast and the Furious and betting all his chips on the Riddick franchise. It would appear that Diesel is trying to regroup and solidify his standing in Hollywood by attaching himself to some films that make money (it isn’t called show business for nothing) so that he can make his oft mooted Hannibal film and continue his “epic story” for Riddick. Oh … and pay the mortgage on his mansion.

It seems that Hollywood is biting – Sony is interested in another xXx, however as the rights are owned by former Revolution Studios head, Joe Roth, he’ll be shopping the film around town for a solid deal. With Rob Cohen, now hot after the new Mummy (and was previously “cold” after Stealth) and Diesel taking a pay cut due to back to back bombs, it looks like we might eventually see xXx: The Return of Xander Cage.

It really does look like X gonna give it to ya.

Source: Variety

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  1. haha, the will no doubt try to team up ice and vin? that would blow chunks!

    I never even saw xxx2.. did anyone?

  2. where is my comments?

  3. Niall, don’t kill me but I liked XXX: State of the Union. I thought Ice Cubes intensity really worked in that film and Nona Gaye…achy wawa!! :-)

    I was hoping for a sequel to Riddick, especially since it ended with him becoming emperor (which his character shouldn’t like).

  4. I like Vin, and I liked pitch black, the next riddick movie would probably do better if it was more along the lines of pitch black.

  5. Vin Diesel would have stuck around the “xXx” franchise instead of unwisely bail out on it,for doing the sequel would have put him in the financial black(and he wouldn’t have three franchises to fall back on),otherwise I hope that Diesel and Rob Cohen get to do the new xXx sequel and that it turns out a lot better than the disastrous second film.

  6. I guess since I said I liked State of the Union, my post won’t get posted. Thanks Niall! :-)

  7. @Johnny-K

    LOL, I’m afraid a lot of comments are heading into the spam filter due to the 3 X’s. :-P

    I go through and release them for publication when I find them.

    Vic

  8. I really hope they can salvage this franchise, because I really liked the first movie. And hopefully ice cube won’t even be mentioned, state of the union was to awful for words.

  9. A Vin Diesel Hannibal movie? I haven’t heard anything about that one.

  10. Ghessssh how many crap films must I endure before another Riddick movie.
    Xxx and F&F don’t do it for me.

  11. Since I don’t think it’s been brought up here–I saw xXx: State of the Union and it explains that Xander Cage died in some 3rd world country.

    The only thing worse than delayed sequels are ones where you have to bring the character back from the dead.

    Rev

  12. Anyone else remember that Xander Cage was killed off in the short prequel to xXx2? He was shot in the back of his tattooed head if I remember right. I wonder if they will even mention that in this new film.

  13. I heard about that Hannibal movie ages ago.

  14. um didn’t they said in xXx 2 that he was killed in Bora Bora?

  15. Thanks Vic for mentioning that. I was wondering what was going on.

    Hey 790, looks like I’m in the same boat liking State of the Union as you are liking Speed Racer. Anyone else wants to join the club for guys who like movies no one else likes? ;-)

  16. Lol, John “Kahless” Taylor,,,

    I don’t see how anyone couldn’t like Speed Racer.
    But whatever.
    Its all subjective.
    (Even Swing Vote made a few mil.)

    Its like most ppl say they hate Spider Man 3,,,
    You start talking to them and they say, “oh well I did like the Sandman, and the battles were good”.
    Yada yada yada,,,
    I know this one guy that hated Spider Man 3 when it came out,,, I went over to his place last week and he’s showing me how he downloaded “Superhero movie”, and also has all 3 Spider Man films on his hard-drive.

    What ??????? :-)

  17. Ice Queen,

    Hahah, I’m well aware of the invincibility of a protagonist. I doubt they’ll even do something decently logical ( like a ‘prequel’ ) and just jump into a new movie where he never died and was only in hiding.

    Faking your death is easy these days.

    Rev

  18. Um, ok, i am watching X2: State of the Union on FX right now. First time I have seen it. Apparently according to X2 Xander Cage was killed in Bora Bora. Yeah, and so far it sucks hard core.

    • Hey! Where are you watching X2: State of the Union? I’m curious as to how exactly they said Xander died? Not that crappy short video either.

  19. Vin Diesel to me is the best actor. I liked how Babylon AD started but later on it got boring and long. I can’t wait for new FF movie and I would like to see another triple x movie.

  20. I’m pretty sure that on the State of the Union DVD release, there was a prequel short that showed Xander Cage entering a building that blows up. It was very vague and I can see his character coming back easily.

    The first film wasn’t great, but entertaining enough that’s I’d welcome a sequel. And I wouldn’t mind that the over CG’d State of the Union be completely ignored.

  21. XXX was great, the CGI was a bit much, and some of the lines were bad, but still it was a pretty good plot, Russians? Come On, some of James Bond Movie aren’t even that creative.

    I am not saying it was the greatest movie in the world. But if they do the true sequel (I do not count Ice Cube’s abomination to the name as the second one)then they could do well.

    Just no CGI and be a bit more creative.

    Plus we are talking about it coming out in late 2010 or 2011, there is always time for hype.

  22. First of all, XXX 2 SUCKED!!! Ice Cube just wasn’t made out for that movie. I hope that they don’t combine the two…
    Vin Diesel did a heck of a job in Fast and Furious. I went and seen it in theaters and there will be another one. But a return of this? Maybe they should leave it alone instead of teaming them up if that is their plan.

  23. Like the previous two XXX films, its gonna suck. Sorry Red Bull and Mt. Dew drinkers but its the truth.

  24. I like failure people that work at some hot-dog stands write critics about succesful people with words like “Poor vin diesel”. The man is making more money than you can dream of. And i dont see why you blame him for the movie… what he played was fun. Actually the only good thing about the movie was i guess the guy’s charisma,
    and how can you blame him for s*** script. He played his role well. And we all seen that he can play a good actor in the movie “Find me guilty”.

    • Don’t know where this writer is going with this article. But like most sheep people who follow critics, because they can’t think for themselves, or the fact they don’t wanna say they liked a movie, just to seem ‘cool’ with comments that shows their lack of intelligence.

      Nonetheless, most movies I’ve watched, that critics say is horrible, or do not watch this, or poor acting, or plot; I find those movies very very good, I have no idea what movies these people are watching, or why they are giving the films such a low rating like if it actually makes the film worse rofl. I’ve seen a lot of movies where critics gives the film a 5 out of 5 stars, or it’s the best movie ever, when the movie sucks, it has a poor plot, and the movie has no direction to where the plot is going, but yet it’s deemed perfect? Perfect example to why you shouldn’t listen to critics, or take their word for it. All they do is watch everything but the movie it’s self. They don’t care what the plot is, they don’t care what the movie is trying to say, all they care about is the acting, which by any means, most actors are pretty good, unless you’re watching some horrible Lornos, then I can see how horrible the acting really is, but come on now, these people care more about sound effects, or film effects, than they do about the actual movie. Sometimes I wonder if they even watch the movie when they give their opinion about the movie, when all they talk about is the background or someones hairstyle in the movie. It’s ridiculous. Why I say, never trust a critic, or the simple fact of a comment by Johnny-K of Norway, he never watched xXx: State of the Union, but yet there he is giving negative reviews on a movie he NEVER WATCHED LOL. Do your self a favor, and ignore critics, and sheeps like Johnny, and be your own judge for the movie, and don’t give your opinion to anyone, because most likely what you’re into, the rest of the world isn’t, or the fact what you hate, doesn’t mean the world hates it too. That is what is wrong with most critics/people in the world, they think what they dislike/like or care about, the rest of the world should too, or automatically thinks their thoughts on everything, should be the only way, and if you disagree, then you’re deemed an idiot, right? People share too many thoughts, and opinions on things they like, expecting the world to follow their shoes when really it’s them who is following, like the sheep they are. Now be the judge for yourself, and keep it to yourself, because no one else will have the same view as you do, and if you expect anyone to have the same outlook as you, you should go lock yourself away, and stay away from society. Xage OUT!

  25. State Of The Union was the best of the two!