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xXx Set For New Instalment In 2010
Sequel gets a release date

29 October 2008  |  Written by Dan Goodswen  |  Source: ComingSoon.Net

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A third xXx film was already in the works, but it's just come a little closer. xXx: The Return of Xander Cage will re-team original star Diesel with director Rob Cohen for a summer 2010 release.

Plot details haven't been released yet, but this marks a return to the franchise for both director and star after 2005s xXx: State of the Union, which was directed by Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day) and starred Ice Cube as a new version of the titular secret agent.

The film is set to enter production in the spring, although there is no word as yet whether Samuel L. Jackson will be reprising his role as scar-faced mentor Agent Gibbons.

The original xXx, in 2002, was seen as a bit of a mis-step for rising-star Diesel, who turned his back on his breakthrough franchise, The Fast and the Furious, to make the film. Although it was a sizeable hit, making $47million in its opening weekend and $141million at the box office total, Diesel quickly ruled out a return to the role. The sequel was an unmitigated flop, making back just $25million of it’s $87million budget at the US box office.

Execs obviously believe that the Diesel factor coupled with summer-fare regular Cohen, who had a worldwide hit with The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor this summer, will prove lucrative. We at Empire remain to be convinced by the math used to justify this green light, and hope the same execs don’t apply such a formula to The Pacifier. Still, we look forward to hearing how they explain the second film's throwaway line about Xander Cage having been killed already.

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RE: When will film execs realize...
L: Harry_Knowles_Ver.2 I'm predicting they get out of the whole Xander is dead thing by just saying "Oh he was on a secret mission, had to pretend he was dead to protect his cover" or some childlike excuse t's not as simple as that, on the xXx DVD , there is a short extra feature that shows how Xander meets his end - it was quite messy (both the featurette and the death of Xander), so I'm not sure how they'll get around it unless this movie gets set before the second one. More

Posted by Steviepunk at 16:50 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

That's the way to get round it. It's totally believable. Erhem... Van Dam had one in every other film. Which makes me wonder - did the orginal Predator get paid twice for crap like Double Dragon?? More

Posted by captainamazing at 12:42 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

When will film execs realize...
... That Any film that involves Rob Cohen is awful! especially when he is directing! I'm predicting they get out of the whole Xander is dead thing by just saying "Oh he was on a secret mission, had to pretend he was dead to protect his cover" or some childlike excuse More

Posted by Harry_Knowles_Ver.2 at 11:29 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

the mummy 3 sucked bad, so maybe this is a shot a redemption, i hope more riddick films are on the way, i liked them in a guilty sort of way More

Posted by monodogg at 11:22 on 29 October 2008 | Report This Post

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