Ericson Core Helms Third “XXX”

Ericson Core (“Invincible”) has signed on to helm “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage”, the third installment in the action franchise for Sony Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

Vin Diesel is reprising the role of Xander Cage, the extreme sports athlete-turned-government operative he played in the first film. Ice Cube played a different lead character in the second film.

John Brancato and Michael Ferris (“Terminator Salvation”) wrote the script which involves Cage’s return to the National Security Agency after an eight-year absence. Richard Wilkes, who wrote the original movie, did a recent polish.

Core started work as a cinematographer on the likes of “Daredevil” and “The Fast and the Furious” before segueing into directing.

Neal Moritz and Joe Roth are producing. Filming kicks off early next year.