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Thursday
Oct302008

xXx III

dieselxxx.jpgPeople think it's all fun and games, rolling out movies like Fast and Furious next summer, because what could really be the harm in two desperate actors like Vin Diesel and Paul Walker trying to cash in on a franchise one last time? OK, well-ground people probably don't call those guys "actors," but that's not the point.

Here's the point: Movies like that lead to movies like another xXx. Rob Cohen, who would be in the round-robin tournament for worst directors alive still scoring a blockbuster every year, recently told Omelete (via Collider) that there will definitely be another xXx flick.

"Yes, [Columbia is] doing it with me and producer Joe Roth," confirmed Cohen, giving nobody confidence by mentioning Roth's wildly inconsistent metal detector. "We made the deal recently, it's named xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. We met the writers yesterday and we're trying to get into production by late spring, to have it out for the summer of 2010."

You see how all this happened, right? The first xXx was like an adrenalized Bond movie, and for that, it should get some credit. But the second movie was pitiful. All known prints of xXx: State of the Union should be burned. I'll volunteer to start the bonfire. And then the Bourne movies upped the ante on what spy movie action should look like, which led to better James Bond movies. Now xXx wants back in, or should we say, Diesel wants back in.

Too little, too late? Maybe. But I said that about the most recent Indiana Jones movie and it did great business. That's all this is about, after all, so just know that if you watch Fast and the Furious thinking nobody could get hurt, please consider the consequences of your actions.

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