Vin Diesel Acquires ‘xXx’ Franchise; Fourth Film On the Way



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Vin Diesel‘s taking charge of the xXx franchise.

The xXx franchise has been acquired by Diesel’s production company One Race Films and The H Collective. Naturally, that means a fourth entry in the action film series is now officially in the works.



Attached to direct the fourth film is returning director D.J. Caruso (Eagle Eye, Disturbia), who was at the helm of last year’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage. That film didn’t do too well with the critics and audiences scores (45% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.2 score on IMDB, if you pay mind to those rating systems), but it did decent business, raking in $US346.1 million from an $US85 million budget. A whopping $US164 million of that draw came from China alone.

“During my time at Paramount I was lucky to be involved in the development and distribution of xXx: Return of Xander Cage. The response from the Chinese box office was unprecedented,” The H Collective CEO Nic Crawley said in a statement.

“Bringing the next installment of the xXx franchise to The H Collective complements our diversified slate and mission to produce content for a global audience.”

For Diesel, acquiring the franchise is a smart move. The actor had revealed last year that Paramount was looking at backing a fourth film, but that never went ahead. Now, Diesel can forge ahead on his own terms, and assuming this fourth chapter earns a solid return, he’ll have even more earnings from another franchise (Diesel’s also a producer on the hit Fast & Furious franchise, producing the last five). To be clear, Revolution Studios will continue to hold the rights to the first three films; it’s One Race Films and The H Collective’s from here on.

As of now, the fourth xXx film is expected to start filming this December.

Source: Variety

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Image via Paramount Pictures and Revolution Studios
Image via Paramount Pictures and Revolution Studios