REVOLUTION STUDIOS, ROTH KIRSCHENBAUM FILMS AND VIN DIESEL’S ONE RACE FILMS PUT ‘xXx’ BACK INTO ACTION WITH PARAMOUNT PICTURES
PARAMOUNT TO RELEASE DIESEL'S “xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE”
HOLLYWOOD, CA – It was jointly announced today that the new Revolution Studios, Roth Kirschenbaum Films and Vin Diesel’s One Race Films will produce, and Paramount Pictures will distribute worldwide, the next film in the blockbuster “xXx” franchise. Producer and star Vin Diesel will reprise his iconic role as an extreme athlete-turned-superspy in the sequel, “xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE.”
The film is shooting in Toronto, with additional filming in the Dominican Republic.
D.J. Caruso (“I AM NUMBER FOUR”) is directing “xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE.” The film is written by Chad St. John (“London Has Fallen”) with current revisions by F. Scott Frazier (“Collide”).
The third explosive chapter of the blockbuster franchise that redefined the spy thriller finds extreme athlete turned government operative Xander Cage (Vin Diesel) coming out of self-imposed exile and on a collision course with deadly alpha warrior Xiang and his team in a race to recover a sinister and seemingly unstoppable weapon known as Pandora’s Box. Recruiting an all-new group of thrill-seeking cohorts, Xander finds himself enmeshed in a deadly conspiracy that points to collusion at the highest levels of world governments. Packed with the series’ signature deadpan wit and bad-ass attitude, “xXx: THE RETURN OF XANDER CAGE” will raise the bar on extreme action with some of the most mind-blowing stunts to ever be caught on film.
“We are extremely pleased to be working with Vin, Samantha, Joe, Kirsch and Paramount to bring this fan-favorite franchise back to the screen,” said Revolution CEO Vince Totino, who is executive producing the film for the studio along with COO Scott Hemming. “’xXx’ is one of the jewels in Revolution’s rich library of commercially successful and acclaimed films, and now with Vin on board, a great script and director D.J. Caruso on hand, we are poised to deliver a worthy successor.”
“It’s great to be reteaming with Vin and Revolution on a long-anticipated sequel to this highly entertaining film,” said producer Joe Roth, who recently partnered with Jeffrey Kirschenbaum in their new venture, Roth Kirschenbaum Films. “Kirsch and I are looking forward to collaborating with Vince and Scott on this project and we’re all excited to be able to bring the fans what they’ve been asking for.”
Diesel is one of the most successful movie stars of the 21st century. In addition to the “xXx” franchise, which has earned nearly $350 million worldwide, he has starred in two other top-grossing action franchises: the three “RIDDICK” films, which together took in $267 million worldwide, and “THE FAST & THE FURIOUS” franchise, which has grossed nearly $3.5 billion worldwide.
The Dominican Republic portion of the shoot will make use of Lantica Media’s Pinewood Dominican Republic Studios, production services and its state-of-the-art horizon water tank.
About Revolution Studios
Revolution Studios, originally established by Joe Roth in 2000, was purchased in June 2014 through funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group, moving forward with Vince Totino as CEO and Scott Hemming as COO. Since its founding, Revolution Studios has created a library of 46 films, including the Academy Award®-winning Black Hawk Down, Maid in Manhattan, Anger Management, Daddy Day Care, America’s Sweethearts, xXx and White Chicks, which collectively earned more than $3.7 billion in box office receipts. Most recently, Revolution has developed and produced multiple syndicated television series, including: “Are We There Yet?” for TBS; “Anger Management,” starring Charlie Sheen, with Lionsgate for FX; and “Drew Carey’s Improv-A-Ganza” for GSN. In 2014, Revolution acquired the 64-title Morgan Creek International library, and in 2015, the eight-film Cold Springs Pictures Library among others, totaling 120 films to date in the Studio’s library.
About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Television, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.
About Roth Kirschenbaum Films
Roth Kirschenbaum Films is an independent film production company formed by Joe Roth and Jeff “Kirsch” Kirschenbaum in late 2015.
Roth, before Kirsch arrived, was the founder of Roth Films. He produced ALICE IN WONDERLAND, which grossed over $1 billion, and at the time of release, was the sixth highest grossing film of all time. He most recently produced THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, ALICE: THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, MALEFICENT, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL, OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and more. Roth was also Chairman of 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney Studios.
Kirsch, before partnering with Roth, was a 15-year veteran of Universal Pictures. He was most recently the President of Production, shepherding the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise for over the past decade, as well as some of the studio’s biggest tent pole releases, including the MUMMY franchise, the SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN franchise and WANTED. Prior to Universal, he worked at CAA and Mace Neufeld Productions.
About Vin Diesel and One Race Films
One Race Films, founded in 1995 by writer, director, producer and actor Vin Diesel, has produced the four highest-grossing films in the “Fast” franchise — “Furious 7,” “Fast and Furious 6,” “Fast Five” as well as “Fast & Furious.” He has directed “Multifacial,” “Strays” and “Los Bandoleros.” Previously, One Race launched multiple franchises in the action genre, including the science-fiction thriller “Pitch Black” and the two follow-up films, “Chronicles of Riddick” and “Riddick,” along with the hit “xXx.” Diesel’s business acumen also extends to the gaming universe, where his Tigon Studios produced three critically acclaimed console titles including “Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay” and original property “The Wheelman.” One Race Television has partnered with Universal Television on a multi-year, first-look production deal.