I recently spoke to some folks involved (or at least contracted at one stage to be involved) in director Rob Cohen’s long-mooted “xXx : The Return of Xander Cage”. Probably no big revelation, considering the whole project has been mum for months now, to hear that the film is indefinitely on hold for the time being. But what’s interesting to note is that the flick, which would see Vin Diesel reprising his role as the unpaid stuntman who gets about with Nick Fury saving the world and foxy foreign women, was headed Down Under for a shoot. Cohen and Paramount had decided to go the way of “Mission : Impossible II” (bad, bad example – sorry!), and shoot “xXx 3″ in Oz. Not sure that the film would’ve been set in Oz, but chances are it would’ve, and taken advantage of some of our interesting architecture – stuff worth jumping off of, if you will. Cohen was also planning to shooting some of the flick in New Zealand, suggesting the film was/is somewhat of a global adventure of English-speaking nations outside of the states for Cage.
The film has been designed as a 3D feature and some of the sequences drawn up make terrific use of the gimmick.
While I’m not privy to the reasons behind the sudden stoppage, I can only assume it’s to do with “Riddick” and Paramount waiting to see how Universal does on it, numbers-wise, before pressing the GO button on another expensive Vin Diesel production. Probably wise thinking. Also, Diesel’s got a pretty full-plate – for starters, Universal have him tied down to two more “Fast & Furious” movies over the next year or so. Samuel L.Jackson, attached to “xXx 3″, is also fairly solid booked right now.
So that’s the status of “xXx 3″ – it’s supposedly headed down under, but it’s anyone’s guess when?
Meanwhile, Diesel’s long-planned “The Machine”, an action-comedy from “Night at the Museum” writers Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant, has new writers. “Smallville” alum Miles Millar and Alfred Gough are putting their spin on the script, the story of a government-built machine that, twenty-years after its creation, befriends a small kid. When the government learns ‘the machine’ is operational again, Diesel’s robotic good guy has to protect the tyke and his family. So, yes, it’s a live-action “Iron Giant” movie if you will.
Diesel, who will produce “The Machine”, is reportedly hoping the film will be the first chapter in a new lucrative franchise for him. Possibly in case “xXx 3″ never gets off the ground again?
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
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.