XXX 2: About.com recently Talked with the producer of S.W.A.T. Neil Moritz who says that XXX director "Rob Cohen" and star Asia Argento won't be returning for the sequel. Vin Diesel also won't be battling pirates, as was reported, in the follow-up which starts filming next summer.

"No, it's not pirates. I can tell you that it takes place in the United States." The switch has nothing to do with Pirates of the Caribbean stealing the pirate movie thunder. "We just ultimately decided that this fit the characters better, or actually was something a little different than what you'd expect."

Where XXX had exotic foreign locales, Moritz promised an equal spectacle for the U.S. based sequel. "It's not necessarily that it has to be exotic. It just has to be really cinematic. There's plenty in the United States that we can have."

XXX2 is expected to hit theaters in the summer of 2005.

Brian B.