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XXX: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE Gets a Director

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The third unwanted installment to Columbia Pictures action franchise XXX has brought in a new director by the name of Ericson Core. Core directed a decent little film staring Mark Wahlberg called Invincible in 2006. He did a fine job directing the film and the actors, so the guy has shown he has some skills.

In this third XXX film Vin Diesel will reprise his role as Xander Cage an extreme sports athlete-turned-government operative. Rob Cohen was originally supposed to come back to direct the film but he took a gig directing a film called Medieval. I bet Core does a better job than what Cohen would have done. Before Core got into directing he was a cinematographer and he worked with Diesel on the original The Fast and the Furious.

John Brancato and Michael Ferris wrote the script for XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, they most recently wrote Terminator Salvation, so this XXX movie is right up their ally. The film involves Cage's return to the National Security Agency after an eight-year absence.

THR says the studio hopes to move fast, capitalizing on Hollywood brand hunger and Diesel's resurgence as a box office draw, and aims to roll cameras early next year.

Hollywood brand hunger? Diesel a boxoffice draw? When did this happen?

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