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Vin Diesel to film xXx sequel in Toronto and Philippines

Actor and producer Vin Diesel will start filming action sequel xXx: The Return of Xander Cage in Toronto and the Philippines in the next few weeks, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Diesel starred in the first xXx (pronounced ‘Triple-X’, pictured) back in 2002. The film generated an underperforming sequel in 2005 that Diesel didn’t appear in, but the star is now looking to establish a new franchise to build on his massive international success generated through the Fast & Furious movies.

Toronto is one of the top production centres in North America, with a base 21.5% filming tax credit on offer for international producers, alongside separate support for visual effects work. 

In contrast, the Philippines remains relatively under-used by big-budget Hollywood productions. The highest-profile studio production in recent years has been action movie The Bourne Legacy, which spent months shooting key action sequences in Manila.

Last year authorities in the Philippines pushed for a formal filming incentive to help boost the country’s production profile. Progress has since been slow and the government seems focussed on regional film tourism rather than specifically looking at international producers’ needs.

Beyond the Chinese market, interest in south-east Asia is more concentrated on Malaysia, which now offers a 30% filming incentive package. 

Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios near the southern border with Singapore has hosted two seasons of the Netflix drama Marco Polo, while the UK series Indian Summers has been based in the north-western Malaysian state of Penang.    

For more on filming in the Philippines see our production guide.

 



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