Rob Cohen Dumps xXx 3 to Get Medieval

If the producers of “xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage” wants Rob Cohen to direct their Vin Diesel-starring sequel, they’ll just have to wait, because Cohen has decided he’d rather do a movie called “Medieval” instead. Described by Variety as a “Magnificent Seven”-type movie set in medieval times, the movie would bring warriors from disparate cultures together to battle a common enemy. Or maybe they’ll be mercenaries and save a town or something. Probably something along those lines.

“Medieval” is such a hot property that New Regency paid screenwriters Alex Litvak and Michael Finch $800,000 against $1.6 million for the script, and plans to produce and distribute it through Fox.

According to Cohen, he’s talked to Vin Diesel, who has been attached to the sequel after foregoing the previous one, and has told the actor that he would still like to direct “Return of Xander Cage” if they haven’t found a replacement after he’s finished up “Medieval”, which Cohen is eyeballing an October start date.

The film, says Variety, would be “event-sized” and have major action set pieces. It is being directed by Rob Cohen, after all. Even if the film didn’t originally have action set pieces, Cohen (“The Fast and Furious”, “xXx”) would have found a way to shoehorn them in anyways.

Below: It’s all about the horses.