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Stalked: xXx, Robotech and Champions get writers

ChristopherMcQuarrie.jpgA number of films have gained writers and have broken announcements today, and some of them are rather big. There's xXx: The Return of Xander Cage which sees the return of Rob Cohen and Vin Diesel, the big screen version of Robotech have gained some interesting writers, and The Champions gets a very strong writer.

It's sounding like all three announcements are extremely good for their respective films. See what you think.

First up, xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, which will see Vin Diesel returning as the character who is now dead, thanks to the also returning Rob Cohen, and so far we've had no idea what was going to happen. Actually we still don't, but at least we have an idea of the feel for the film as the writers behind Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines arrive on the scene, Michael Ferris and John Brancato.

Well let's hope that they don't just throw in loads of action sequences and cram the explanation dialogue into a few short scenes, fair enough though, they also wrote Terminator Salvation. I'm actually up for seeing this third, or second if you will, xXx film. I like Vin Diesel and I like this character, in the first film at least. The story comes from Variety.

Alfred Gough and Miles Millar are on the case to write the screenplay for Robotech, and credits wise I guess we'd be looking at The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor and Spider-Man 2 as highlights.

Robotech is a sprawling story that basically boils down to humans harvesting and exploiting the technology on a spaceship that crashed into Earth and the alien race arriving to take it all back by force and invade the planet, and the humans racing to get the technology up to speed in order to use it to fight back. The story comes from The Hollywood Reporter.

Finally Christopher McQuarrie is set to write both The Monster of Florence and The Champions big screen outing. The Champions was a television series way back in 1968/69 which featured three government agents who were in a plane crash in the Himalayas and were nursed back to health by an advanced civilisation and given amazing abilities.

He's also going to be working The Monster of Florence, according to Variety, a story based on fact that sees the author Douglas Preston moving to Italy and investigating a murder that he discovers happened on his new property. He teamed up with the Italian journalist Mario Spezi to investigate the crimes.

McQuarrie talks about the story and reveals something even more interesting:

“...surreal account of two writers opening a proverbial Pandora's box with their research...They witness first-hand how the misguided good intentions of others allow evil to flourish, eventually becoming a part of the story themselves.”

Sounds interesting, and with McQuarrie writing both scripts they do have great potential.



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