xXx 3 coming in summer 2010

It was previously announced that both original star Vin Diesel and director Rob Cohen would return for the xXx franchise’s third installment, entitled xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage. Cohen has now confirmed filming should start next spring for a summer 2010 release. I keep wondering what they will do with xXx 2‘s mention that Cage was killed during the Bora Bora holiday he takes at the end of the first film. Resurrected by ninjas?

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The Return Of Xander Cage?!

Action star Vin Diesel (read why you should give his latest movie Babylon A.D. a second chance here) definitely has comeback on his mind. After returning for the fourth Fast & Furious movie and stating his confidence in making the Riddick sequels, Vin is currently in talks to return to his third franchise in xXx 3: The Return Of Xander Cage. The film will be directed by original helmer Rob Cohen (The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor).

The question now is, how will this sequel work? In the 2005 flop xXx: State Of The Union, also known as xXx²: The Next Level, which didn’t feature Vin’s involvement, Xander Cage was revealed to have been (SPOILER ALERT) killed during his Bora Bora holiday at the end of the first film. I’m sure they’ll figure something out so the actual real question is: are you excited for xXx 3 with Vin Diesel? Ice Cube cameo anyone?

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Give Babylon A.D. a second chance, watch the “real version”

I saw Babylon A.D. today, and while I won’t write a full review of it at this time, I do have a few things I want to say. Babylon A.D. has been a pet project for acclaimed French director Mathieu Kassovitz (Gothika) for many years, with him being a huge fan of Maurice Georges Dantec’s source novel Babylon Babies. The film had a very troubled shoot and was delayed from its original release date in early 2008. Ultimately, most people had already dismissed the film before it was released, and the final nail in its coffin was when both Kassovitz and lead actor Vin Diesel (Find Me Guilty) trashed the film before its American release. Here’s the catch though: they were talking about the Fox version of the film.

Yes, there are two versions of Babylon A.D., one which runs 90 minutes and is distributed by 20th Century-Fox in the US, Canada, UK and some other countries, and another by Studio Canal, which doesn’t mention Fox at all and lasts 11 minutes more. Now this doesn’t mean that Fox simply cut out 11 minutes from the film and released it…they actually cut out much more, and replaced it with footage that isn’t in the longer version. I haven’t seen the Fox version, but I’ve read about it and can thus tell you that Fox basically removed significant parts of plot development and replaced them with action scenes that are completely absent from the Studio Canal version… Fox changed the beginning, Fox changed the ending, Fox changed the dialogues, Fox changed everything.

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Fourth Fast And Furious to be an “interquel” (also trailer)

While doing press for his new sci-fi/action movie Babylon A.D., actor Vin Diesel told NBC’s Seth Goldman that  Fast & Furious, the fourth movie in the fast car franchise, will actually take place before 2 Fast 2 Furious, making it the second entry in the series, chronologically speaking.

In related news, the movie, which is directed by The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift helmer Justin Lin and features the first movie’s quartet of stars (Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster), had its trailer premiere last week, and it looks to be quite a fun ride. At any rate it surely seems to be a whole lot better than 2006’s Tokyo Drift, the only Fast And Furious movie I’ve seen. Also, the fact that the awesomely hot Jordana Brewster is back pretty much guarantees awesomeness. Well, enough about me, what do you think?

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Riddick sequels still planned, may be filmed together

Writer/Director David Twohy is hard at work on those last two Riddick movies, according to star Vin Diesel. The actor, currently starring in Babylon A.D., is pretty confident the sequels will get made and wonders whether the movies will be filmed at the same time.

Richard B. Riddick was Vin Diesel’s first big action character, and first appeared in the 2000 science-fiction film Pitch Black. The character was revisited in 2004 with The Chronicles Of Riddick, which was meant to lead into two more films. Chronicles however, which is viewed by most as an ambitious but flawed film, was a huge flop at the box-office, and left people thinking the planned sequels would never get made.

Thankfully, Vin Diesel never gave up on the character, and it’s good to know that he’s still gunning for the franchise. The last two movies will reportedly deal with the Underverse and a return to Furya (Riddick’s home planet) respectively. The franchise also includes a short animated film, Dark Fury, and a video game for the Xbox and PC, Escape From Butcher’s Bay, both of which featured involvment by Twohy and Diesel.

David Twohy’s next film, a thriller entitled A Perfect Getaway, stars Timothy Olyphant (Hitman), Milla Jovovich (the Resident Evil films) and Steve Zahn (Sahara), will be released in 2009.

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Links of the Week

The /Filmcast and the /Filmcast: After Dark.

Guy Ritchie (Snatch) sheds some light on his Sherlock Holmes project starring Robert Downey Jr. (here)

Cast & crew discuss the new Death Race movie (here)

Kevin McKidd (Dog Soldiers) may be cast in the new Highlander reboot following the fifth film’s failure. If cast, McKidd will be the first actual Scotsman in the role (here)

The Top 10 Coolest Commercials By Movie Directors. Supposedly (here)

Kick-Ass cast compared to comic book source material (here)

Vin Diesel (Babylon A.D.) destroys this summer’s other heroes (here)

A movie called Ninja Cheerleaders came out. Seriously (here)

Bonus: Audrina Patridge bikini pictures…oh yeah (here)