Despite being one of the main parties to actually champion the franchiseâ€™s renewal, Producer and occasional-director Rob Cohen has backed out of â€œxXx 3 : The return of Xander Cageâ€ â€“ a project which wouldâ€™ve reunited him with the original star, Vin Diesel â€“ leaving the soon-to-lens project captain-less.
The reason for Cohen vacating his post? Something better came along.
Cohen, who directed the first â€œxXxâ€ and â€œFast and the Furiousâ€ films (also with Diesel), has signed a deal to helm an event-sized action film called â€œMedievalâ€, described as “The Magnificent Seven” in the Middle Ages.
New Regency, which will finance the film and distribute through Fox, acquired the spec script by Alex Litvak (â€œPredatorsâ€) and Michael Finch in an $800,000 against $1.6 million deal, says Variety.
Critic dartboard McG will be involved in a producing capacity.
Cohen, who studied anthropology and European history at Harvard, said he was drawn by the opportunity to tap into the historical period and create a heightened reality with big action pieces. Regency has kept the script hush-hush, but sources said the action brings together warriors from disparate cultures.
“It was a tough decision about ‘XXX,’ ” Cohen said. “I talked to Vin over the weekend and said I hoped they would wait, but that if they find another director who’s right for the sequel, I certainly wouldn’t be angry. But I could not let something like this go.”
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Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.