D.J. Caruso To Helm Third “xXx” Film

Having just scored F. Gary Gray to helm the eighth “Fast and Furious” movie, it looks like another Vin Diesel project has secured a filmmaker to tackle the follow-up.

Speaking with io9, Diesel has revealed that “Eagle Eye” and “Disturbia” helmer D.J. Caruso is set to direct “xXx 3” which, at last report, was set to start filming this December in the Philippines. With Gray’s hiring though, even Diesel himself isn’t sure which will go first, saying:

“I’m excited as hell about xXx. D.J. Caruso is directing it, which is exciting. The big question now is which will race to production first now that F. Gary Gray is on [Furious 8]?”

“Furious 8” is currently targeting an April1 4th 2017 release which means it will have to begin shooting very early in 2016 to meet that date. Talking about returning to the role of Xander Cage, Diesel says:

“xXx is one of those films you do when you need to have a little fun. When the weight and pressures of all the other things have gone so far that you need to have a character that you can just have fun and more comment on life and comment on the outcome than being in it like Dom Torretto. Dom is very much the center of the storm, Xander is more the guide to something else and you’re just with him.”

Diesel’s newest film, “The Last Witch Hunter,” opens on October 23rd.