Diesel Returns To XXX Franchise

Sony Pictures is in discussions with former Revolution Studios chief Joe Roth for a third entry in the “XXX” franchise entitled “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage” says Variety.

While there is no script, both original star Vin Diesel and director Rob Cohen have agreed to return to the franchise they kicked off in 2002 which was setup as a grungier American version of the James Bond films.

In that film, Diesel played Xander Cage – an extreme sports enthusiast who gets drafted by the government for a dangerous mission. Despite generally negative reviews, the film took in a decent $277 million worldwide.

A subsequent sequel in 2005 with Ice Cube and director Lee Tamahori fared far worse with scathing reviews and only a paltry $71 million worldwide.

Diesel opted out of the original sequel as his price was too high, but as demand for him has cooled in recent years he’s come back to the roles that made him famous with a return to the “Fast and Furious” franchise next year and talk of a third Riddick film in the works.