The G.I. Joe franchise makes money, but it doesn’t make Michael Bay money. While we’ll see Transformers number five this summer, we continue to wait for a G.I. Joe 3, which may have been delayed due to scheduling. Director D.J. Caruso was attached to direct the film, but he moved on to make xXx: Return of Xander Cage. When Caruso was developing the Hasbro film, he had it end with the G.I. Joe and Transformers universes meeting.
Below, learn why Paramount didn’t go for the G.I. Joe Transformers crossover.
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The wait is almost over. In nine days, audiences will see Vin Diesel return to one of his earliest star-making roles, Xander Cage. It’s been over 14 years since Diesel last played the tatted and beefed up super spy in xXx. He’s not the only one returning to this franchise, though.
Below, watch the new xXx: Return of Xander Cage TV spot (Spoilers follow).
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Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
“Kick some ass, get the girl, try to look dope while you’re doing it.” That’s the advice Augustus Gibbons (Samuel L. Jackson) gives spy / extreme sports enthusiast (Vin Diesel) in the new trailer for xXx: Return of Xander Cage, and it’s really the appeal of this entire movie in a nutshell. Sometimes, you just want to watch a movie about a guy who kicks some ass, gets the girl, and tries to look dope while he’s doing it. Whether he succeeds at looking dope, of course, is the question, and that’s up for you to judge. Watch the xXx 3 trailer below.
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The Disappointments Room was one of the movies impacted by Relativity’s bankruptcy. D.J. Caruso‘s horror film hasn’t been delayed as long as Before I Wake (watch that trailer here), but it started shooting back in 2014, and it was originally scheduled to come out earlier this year. Relativity will release the movie, which stars Kate Beckinsale, in limited release next month, on the same date they had last scheduled Before I Wake.
Below, watch The Disappointments Room trailer.
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Posted on Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
I’d say “I can’t believe they made another xXx movie,” but in a year where we’ve gotten sequels for everything from Independence Day: Resurgence to Snow White and the Huntsman, of freaking course they made another xXx movie. After all, Vin Diesel is bigger now than he’s ever been, but even he can’t make another Fast and the Furious movie every year. Why not squeeze him into a different action-adventure in the meantime?
Directed by D.J. Caruso, xXx: Return of Xander Cage brings the extreme-sports-enthusiast-turned-spy out of retirement for a dangerous new assignment. Samuel L. Jackson is back as his handler, Augustus Gibbons, and the supporting cast includes Ruby Rose, Nina Dobrev, Donnie Yen, Tony Jaa, and Kris Wu. Watch the first xXx: Return of Xander Cage trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
According to Hollywood lore, Vin Diesel has a genie. If you want to believe the myths and legends, the buff and bald action star was strolling along the beach one day about a decade ago when he stumbled across a mysterious lamp half-buried in the sand. He picked up this expensive-looking artifact and tried to clean it. Maybe it was worth something? Maybe he could pawn it and refill his coffers since the Fast and Furious and xXx franchises had moved on without him. These were his dark days. The Chronicles of Roddick and the Babylon A.D. days.
And then a genie came out, offered him three wishes and the rest is history. Long story short: Diesel’s magically-enhanced second wind has reached maximum absurdity with the mere existence of xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage, a movie that could only exist because a desperate man called upon the powers of a djinn. Now, this unlikely sequel has a release date and everything.
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Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
At first, XXX: The Return of Xander Cage seemed like a pipe dream, a thing Vin Diesel would bring up in interviews as part of a desperate ploy to have a wingless angel assigned to his case. And now it’s actually filming with director D.J. Caruso at the helm and a genuinely bizarre ensemble of actors filling out the space not taken up by Diesel-bulk. However, it look like one of the previously announced actors won’t be in the film after all.
Jet Li has apparently dropped out of the latest XXX film, but Donnie Yen has quickly taken his place. Let’s get really honest for a second: the production has traded up here.
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Hot on the heels of finding a director for Furious 8 in Straight Outta Compton filmmaker F. Gary Gray, another Vin Diesel franchise has finally found a filmmaker to take on the next sequel.
xXx 3 has been teased by Diesel since 2008, and every year there’s been a promise of it finally coming together. More recently that possibility has seemed a little more solid since Diesel said xXx 3 would be shooting in December in the Philippines. However, we hadn’t yet heard who would be getting behind the camera for the action sequel. But that changes today as a xXx 3 director has been revealed. Read More »
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Paramount desperately wants to make a third G.I. Joe film. Last we checked, they’d hired D.J. Caruso to direct and screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin was working on the script. However, now news has broken that another screenwriter has been hired, suggesting Lemkin’s work wasn’t what they wanted. They’ve hired Aaron Berg, the writer of the hot spy film Section 6, to work his magic. Read more about the new GI Joe 3 writer below. Read More »
Briefly: In Selling Time, a man is given the opportunity to relive the worst day of life in exchange for giving up seven years of his life. Will Smith has been circling the 20th Century Fox thriller for a long time, and the project just gained some new momentum as D.J. Caruso has signed to direct. Caruso, the director of Suburbia and Eagle Eye, will also oversee a new draft of the script by original writer Dan McDermott. Read more about the film’s history here. [Deadline]