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Vin Diesel Is Back In XXX Action
Returning for more exxxtreme thrills

15 September 2008  |  Written by Glen Ferris  |  Source: Variety

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Like some sort of cinematic Robert The Bruce, Vin Diesel may have failed to replicate his early successes but, God bless him, he does keep on trying.

While The Chronicles Of Riddick and his rubbish comeback flick Babylon A.D. slammed a couple of unexpected nails in his career coffin, Vin The Man's return to the movies that made him showcases an admirable inability to call it a day.

Following hot on the heels of the upcoming Fast And Furious, in which he re-teams for more rubber-burning action with Paul Walker, Diesel has now signed up for a third XXX movie.

According to Variety, the shaven-headed action star and original director Rob Cohen (who himself must be feeling pretty humbled after The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor) are teaming up once more for XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage.

The 2002 original, which starred Diesel as an extreme sports enthusiast who gets drafted by the government for a dangerous mission, was a dumb-but-fun explosion fest and Diesel's reprisal of the role should act as penance for all those bad career choices (as well as helping to eradicate all memories of Ice Cube's po-faced sequel).

Revolution Studios, which owns the rights to the franchise, is currently in talks with Columbia but with both star and helmer on board it's a damn near certainty that this will see the light of day real soon.

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oh come on now! Vin is da man! What you see is what you get don't ask for more! Every movie he is in, it's his movie! Chronicles of Riddick FTW!!! More

Posted by angie82 at 17:37 on 21 September 2008 | Report This Post

Sean Valen
Diesel at least is giving us old fashioned action entertainment, we can't have comic book films ruling every summer, you need some variation, a summer film without a pop corn action filick, even if it's not meant to be so intelligent, but just harmless enjoyable fun. He may not have got everything right, but at least we got someone who's trying to continue the action heydays of Sly, Arnie and Bruce. Harrison Ford, Bruce Willis, Stallone and even Arnie-T4 cameo, have all gone back to fanchise ch More

Posted by SeanValen at 18:18 on 16 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: xXx
Vin Diesel is like Hollywood's Jade Goody. Why people keep putting him in movies is beyond my comprehention. The Fast and The Furious was pretty good and Pitch Black was a cool little indie sci-fi flick. But nothing this guy's been involved in since has been anything less than a fart in an elevator More

Posted by Sad Professor at 04:08 on 16 September 2008 | Report This Post

As the X chromosone is the female chromosone, what he's really saying with his name is that he's once, twice, three times a big purse-carrying, lipstick-wearing, ovulating girly man. More

Posted by Gabriel at 03:30 on 16 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Wrong Sequel
Could this Xander be the late original Xander's evil twin? Could this be one of his adventures before he died? Could this be another nail in Vin's coffin? Vin, you need to find yourself a new agent, urgently! ]& t and the Furious 4You are currently making movies for a market niche that has no particular identity nor any special place for you left. Is it action movie, is it espionage, is it kick-ass, is it cars and skateboards, what is it? Whom do you wish to have for an audie More

Posted by Incanus at 01:44 on 16 September 2008 | Report This Post

Wrong Sequel
What the world really wants is 'The Pacifier 2: Lights Out'! Go away and do a proper film ya daft bald prick. More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 20:51 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

XXX nothing
The XXX films have all been so so bad, why another, wots going on here? I mean, the state of the worlds banks at he moment and there greem lighting these type of films. I agree another riddick flick would be welcome with open arms. Come on Vin, u got so much more potential . . . . More

Posted by take1 at 19:21 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

Fast and Furious is fun, but XXX-series are just pure shite More

Posted by Bluehawk at 18:45 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

Seem to remember Diesel saying that the first XXX movie would end up being bigger than Bond... that it was more modern and more socially relevant .............. and then he dropped out of the sequel.... and now ....this? HAAAAAWWWWWW! Xander Cage is supposed to be dead - isn't he? To be fair, the first XXX did have one truly great action sequence in it. Compare the avalance chase in Diesel's film to the horrendous CGI rubbish that was in Pierce Brosnan's final James Bond effort ( Die Another Da More

Posted by ROTGUT at 17:05 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

Erm didnt his character kinda get killed in a spinoff? More

Posted by thegodfathers at 17:00 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

This will be awesome! I've seen the original twice. Me and my flatmate spent £1 each and bought a 2nd hand copy a couple months ago and laughed our asses off for 2 "explosive" hours. So funny I don't know where to begin. Diesel roaring "I LIVE FOR THIS SHIT!!!" being the obvious highlight. Incidently I genuinely enjoyed Chronicles of Riddick and am heading to the review right now to give it a slightly generous 5 stars. P.S. I'd give XXX 3 stars. One for each X in the More

Posted by Pat Roach at 16:56 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

RE: Vin Diesel Is Back In XXX Action
Fuck you Diesel, give up the ghost already, no one wants to hear your stupid monotone voice or see your shiny noggin anymore. You are a purist of utter shite. More

Posted by kinge247 at 14:14 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

Where's the tower? Where's the gun? Where's the tower? Where's the gun? More

Posted by dunkah at 14:04 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

Bring back Riddick
Vin Disel must be desperate (especially as the XXX2 producers were annoyed about the amount of money he was asking and killed his character off). I would prefer to see another Riddick sequel - but more in the style of Pitch Black or Dark Fury anime (rather than "Chronicles.."). More

Posted by Makman at 13:56 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

Fuck this shit!
Bring back Riddick! Thats all we want. For gods sake Diesel!!!!!!!!! Don't make me kick your big bald arse!!!! More

Posted by damn im good! at 13:49 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

after the blad idiot said he wasn't a fan of franchises, here he comes back with his THIRD try at creating a franchise. Mr Diesel, you are pathetic. saying that, don't tell him i said this, he'd kick my head off. More

Posted by Hughezy at 13:35 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

xXx 3 Needs making about as much as Charlies Angels 3
I agree with Harry, everything Cohen touches is rubbish. xXx 2 has to be one of the worst films ever and quite frankly I hope this film dies at the cinema. More

Posted by Blyman at 12:47 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

The first one was fun, they just didn't do themselves any favour billing themselves as the new bond. Hopefully they won't try to be the new Bourne this time round. More

Posted by blackduck at 11:48 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

If Rob Cohen is involved, it's instant crap in my eyes, everything he touches ends up utter rubbish, Even Righteous Kill More

Posted by Harry_Knowles_Ver.2 at 11:16 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

The first one wa awful so not really holding much hope for this, the second was passable because it didnt take itself to serious and was comedy gold being so bad.   Maybe a ice cube/diesel team up movie is what the world is waiting for??? More

Posted by Frank Castle at 11:02 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

Well as the character is supposed to be dead they'll make up some bullshit that his death was faked in order to do some mega bad undercover mission. More

Posted by Leeorami 2.0 at 10:44 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

Vin Diesel
Another xXx? Hmm... Surely Vin Diesel was born to play Kratos in a 'God of War' film.... More

Posted by GRDJ at 10:32 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

Wasnt he dead?
I am sure in the 2nd one it said he was killed. Well lets see what the story will be on this one. I liked the first one...the second was ok but why they did have Willem Defoe in it? More

Posted by Noelg25 at 10:25 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

Another fast and the furious i can deal with, but that is just fucking stupid. More

Posted by AboyNamedSue at 10:18 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

great news loved the first one 2nd was poor but i really want another riddick film More

Posted by toonfett at 08:09 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

His character died...
...according to the second xXx film(which was awful). Love to see what they do about it. I think they even did a DVD extra showing his death didn't they? More

Posted by jpt1976 at 07:59 on 15 September 2008 | Report This Post

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