Swapping Vin Diesel for a cold stubby

He had the option on it, but seems Director Rob Cohen has decided two hints of Diesel is enough…he’s off “XXX 2”. According to FilmJerk, Cohen will instead be directing "Stealth," a project he has been eyeing for some time and which will begin principal photography January 2004 in Australia. According to the site, ““Stealth” centers on three fliers, members of a top-secret program that uses stealth planes to develop and revolutionize modern warfare. The trio find themselves poised on the brink of a brave new world when they are introduced to “Eddie,” a drone stealth plane that promises to radically change the shape of war. But when “Eddie” (short for Extreme Deep Invader) gets hit by a lightning bolt, his artificial intelligence is reconfigured into an alarmingly human form – egotism, foibles and all – and becomes a threat, almost igniting a world war”. Sam Shepard has already signed on for a role. Lee Tamahori [“Deathlok”] is now a fave to take over directing duties on “XXX 2”.