Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
100 Greatest Videos Games Of All Time
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Empire Visits The Hobbit's VFX Team
Nick Frost:
My Movie Life

The World's End star's pick of the flicks
Promotion: Destiny Awaits
Win a limited edition PS4 and a copy of Destiny
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
Christian Bale Set For Jungle Book: Origins
Naomie Harris, Cate Blanchett and more also aboard
Pierce Brosnan's The November Man Wins A Sequel
Relativity Studios has it in development
John Lithgow Talks Pixar's The Good Dinosaur
'They have completely reimagined it...'
Kung Fu Panda Director John Stevenson Boards Noah's Ark
A new indie CG 'toon take on the story
New Trailer For In Order Of Disappearance
Stellan Skarsgård has a revenge mission
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
05 August 2014
Elijah Wood Targets The Last Witch Hunter
Coven have a go if you think you're hard enough
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Riddick (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Alex Cross (2012)
Empire Star Rating
Fast & Furious 5: Rio Heist
Empire Star Rating
Fast & Furious
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

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

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

submit to reddit

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.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

First Posters For The Boat That Rocked
Exclusive look at Richard Curtis' latest
Exclusive: Mark Millar Talks Superman
Pitches his 'Magnum Opus' to Empire

Your Comments

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

Twin!
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

hmmmmmmmmmmm
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

SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Who Shot First? The Complete List Of Star Wars Changes
An exhaustive chronology of George Lucas' post-release tinkering

Gamescom 2014: The 10 Most Exciting Games
Zombies! Guns! Tombs! Sheep! Watch the trailers right here...

Who Is Mack Bolan? Your Guide To Cinema's New Action Man
As Bradley Cooper lines up to star as the hero, here's your handy guide to his story so far

Classic Feature: Empire Meets Uwe Boll
'I'm probably the most hated director in the world right now.'

Film Studies 101: A Film Buff's Guide To Movie Movements
Everything you need to know about cinema's key groups

The 100 Greatest Games Of All Time
You voted, we counted, and here they are: beat-'em-ups, shoot-'em-ups, RPGs, JRPGs, MMORPGs, RTSs, first-person shooters, platformers, sims and much more!

Lists Of Our Lifetime: Empire's 25 Greatest Battles
From smalltime scraps to epic struggles, these are the conflicts that have stunned cinema since 1989

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)