Rob Cohen Bails on ‘xXx’ Sequel and Goes ‘Medievel’

Rob Cohen is a definite hit-or-miss director and depending on your taste in films I would say he most often falls on the “miss” side of things with such recent releases as The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and Stealth. However, I don’t mind watching his original Fast and the Furious installment or even xXx, and it seems his original plans to reteam with Vin Diesel for xXx: The Return of Xander Cage have fallen by the wayside as he has found something he likes better.

Variety reports Cohen is set to direct Medieval for New Regency and as a result his new schedule conflicts with the shooting of the xXx film and has caused him to have to drop off the production.

“It was a tough decision about xXx,” Cohen told Variety. “I talked to Vin over the weekend and said I hoped they would wait, but that if they find another director who’s right for the sequel, I certainly wouldn’t be angry. But I could not let something like this go.”

The “something” he is talking about is an event-sized action film with a plot that is being kept quiet, but Cohen tells Variety the film is The Magnificent Seven in the Middle Ages. Alex Litvak and Michael Finch penned the script and hope is to get the film into production by October.

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