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Director Rob Cohen Considers Third 'xXx' Starring Vin Diesel?

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Jul 19, 2008 | 7:18pm EDT

While Rob Cohen (Fast and Furious) shies away from directing sequels to his own hit movies, he admits he’s considering making a third xXx installment along with star Vin Diesel.

Joe Roth came to the dubbing stage [of the Mummy: The Tomb of the Dragon Emperor] just last week and sat down and said, ‘I own all the rights to xXx. Vin wants to do another one would you be interested?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, if I can sit down with everybody and make sure the rules are set.’”

Cohen, who didn't always see eye to eye with Diesel, will have some explaining to do in the third film.  He killed off Diesel’s character on the xXx DVD special feature, “The Final Chapter: The Death of Xander" prior to the release of director Lee Tamahori's sequel xXx: State of the Union starring Ice Cube.

“You mean when I blew his scalp off?,” says Cohen playfully. “Never has a director gotten so much revenge on an actor. [laughs]…I was so angry by the time we got back from the press tour that when Sony came to me and said…’We are going to have a new one. We want you to shoot a scene that passes the torch.’ I said, ‘Hell with passing the torch, let’s kill him.’ Now I’m a little embarrassed by that, but I just laugh because it was just out of anger.”

Now, Cohen says, “[Vin]s a different man. He’s been sobered by the ups and downs of a career and I think he now understands what a good synergy we had on the set and that he took for granted…I also appreciate what he brings to the table, which is quite a bit. It was just like we were young and foolish, what can I say – or he was young and I was foolish.”

Cohen, who’s toying with the idea of a fourth Mummy movie (the first two were directed by Stephen Sommers, while Cohen directed the third) calls the new Mummy and xXx installments “hypothetical.”

“Both of these are completely hypothetical," he says. "This is Hollywood...I would love to tell you I have two movies back to back planned and that we’re certain, but I have nothing planned."

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