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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

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Vin Diesel recently sat down with Collider to discuss his upcoming slate of movies. Notable in his plan is that he intends to return to one of his earlier franchises- similar to how he returned to Fast & Furious after bowing out of the first sequel- xXx. Just as he didn’t take part in 2 Fast 2 Furious, Diesel sat out xXx: State of The Union. But now it looks like he’s ready to revisit his Xander Cage character for xXx 3

“I am going to do the next xXx which will be filming in part in the Philippines, which I’m very, very, very excited about.”

There’s also Kojak, a film adaptation of the beloved 1970s TV show starring Telly Savalas. Diesel confirms that he’ll be starring in that film for Universal, as soon as he wraps on his next film, The Last Witch Hunter, where he’ll get to work with one of his favorite actors:

“I’m about to do a movie with Breck Eisner called The Last Witch Hunter where I play a 700-year-old New Yorker, which should be a lot of fun.  Working opposite Michael Caine will be a blast. I’ve always wanted to work with Michael Caine so it’ll be the first time I get to work with Michael Caine.  Rose Leslie is also gonna be opposite me, she’s amazing in Game of Thrones.

Then I will do Kojak for Universal, which is gonna be really exciting.”

And there’s the oft-rumored trilogy based on the exploits of Carthaginian military commander Hannibal, something that’s been a passion project for the actor for quite some time. What’s the latest on that?

“And of course, the trilogy of Hannibal, the thing I’m most precious about and the thing that keeps me—it was just my birthday a couple of days ago and I woke up and I started to count my blessings, as we all do on our birthday, we count our blessings and then we think ‘How can I grow as a person, and how can I improve?’  And then I immediately went to, ‘I haven’t made Hannibal yet.’”

Also notable here is that Diesel doesn’t seem to be leaving much room for an 8th Fast & Furious film. Ever since the third sequel came out in 2009- which essentially relaunched and re-energized the franchise, turning it into a major brand in Hollywood- there’s been a new one every two years. Up until Paul Walker’s untimely death last November, that streak was expected to continue- with James Wan stepping in to begin the next multi-film arch for the series with Fast & Furious 7. That Diesel has no immediate plans to shoot the next film all that soon opens up the possibility that the future of the franchise has cooled off with the passing of Walker, and that the folks involved want to take some more time before returning to that world.

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Which Diesel project are you most interested in at the moment?

SOURCE: Collider

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.