Not that a “xXx” movie really cares for a plot â€“ so long as an action choreographer and stuntman is on the payroll, the filmâ€™s set to go! â€“ but surely Sony couldâ€™ve hired a writer/s a little more polished and proven than Michael Ferris and John Brancato to pen whatâ€™ll undoubtedly be Vin Dieselâ€™s â€˜otherâ€™ comeback movie?
This is the duo that wrote ”Catwoman” (aaargh) and ”Terminator 3 : Rise of the Machines” (Zzzzzz), two of the weakest popcorn flicks of the last five years. Granted, theyâ€™re also behind next Summers Terminator Salvation, but the good stuff youâ€™re seeing from that isnâ€™t necessarily due to the script (which is reportedly so-so) but McGâ€™s direction (I know! I know! But stranger things have happened!) â€“ Whose apparently working his butt off on this film.
Whatever the case, Ferris and Brancato are working on ”xXx 3 : The Return of Xander Cage”. I suppose if the filmâ€™s advertised as â€˜From the director of The Mummy Tomb of the Dragon Emperorâ€™ then nobodyâ€™ll be expecting much of a plot. Just as well. Theyâ€™ll be unlikely to get much of one Iâ€™d think.
Speaking of, â€œMummyâ€ scribes Alfred Gough and Miles Millar have been drafted to pen the Warner Bros.’ adaptation of the anime classic, â€œRobotechâ€.
“Robotech”, THR reminds us, was a 1980s cartoon series from Harmony Gold USA and Tatsunoko Prods. It was re-edited and re-dialogued to combine three Japanese anime series to give the producers enough episodes to air as a daily syndicated series.
A sprawling sci-fi epic, “Robotech” takes place at a time when Earth has developed giant robots from the technology on an alien spacecraft that crashed on a South Pacific isle. Mankind is forced to use the technology to fend off an alien invasion, with the fate of the human race ending up in the hands of two young pilots.