However, in the time since, Diesel has become a massive star, largely thanks to his work in the Fast and Furious franchise. So, we are indeed getting a proper xXx sequel, and it looks awesome and terrible all at the same time.
Now, all of these years later, Boyle is bringing back Sick Boy, Begbie, Spud and Tommy for Trainspotting 2, which the director is boldly calling T2. All of the original, central cast members are coming back, and it will be loosely adapting the follow up novel Porno.
Based on Masamune Shirow's manga series and leaning heavily on the 1995 anime classic by director Mamoru Oshii, it's a cyberpunkfable about the migration of souls to machines, and what that might mean for the future of humanity.
Also, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales has brought on Javier Bardem as the bad guy, and he is very, very good at playing the bad guy. This is definitely one that we should be able to feel cautiously excited about.
Wonder Woman - June 2
It may have a slightly lower profile than the Justice League movie (so far), but of the pair of DC movies scheduled for 2017 (well, outside of The LEGO Batman Movie), Wonder Woman is the one that holds the most intrigue.
The first poster for The Last Knight, which features Optimus Prime brandishing a sword, charging at several evil robot heads with long necks looks absolutely awesome.
If the movie can be half as cool as that poster, we may finally have a good Transformers movie on our hands.
Worst case scenario? We still get to see some cool robots blowing stuff up.
Smurfs: The Lost Village - April 7
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.
Gru faces off against Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who grows up to become obsessed with the character he played in the 1980s, and gets into some siblingrivalry when he meets his long lost twin brother, Dru.
In some respects, Marvel's already done the hard bit: Tom Holland's introduction as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War was widely regarded as one of the film's highlights, so the studio can at least rest assured that it has that piece of the puzzle safely in place.
The broader question is whether this new Web-Slinger movie, the first collaboration between Marvel and Sony, and the big-budget debut of Cop Car director Jon Watts, can succeed where the most recent Spider-Man movies faltered.
There are very few franchises in the history of sci-fi that are as legendary as Alien.
Alien: Covenant will pick up the story where Prometheus left off, following the crew of the ship Covenant, who discover a planet where, seemingly, the only inhabitant is the android David, played by Michael Fassbender.
They all float down here. We have to admit, we were more in a lather when Cary Fukunaga was involved in this new, big-screen telling of Stephen King's It, but the story's such a magnetic one that we're looking forward to the new treatment anyway.
Sure, some of us may be burnt out on Saw, but this is a franchise that has the potential to deliver big time, and it is primed with a release date that will make a movie theater the place to be on Halloween next year.
Originally set up as the first of two movies, Justice League Part 2 has disappeared off the schedules, leaving this one to pick up the threads left behind from the DC movies to date, and provide a springboard for what’s being called the DC Extended Universe.
It’s the one that brings together Batman, Superman, Aquaman, The Flash, Wonder Woman and more.
Murder On The Orient Express – November 22
Kenneth Branagh’s last three films have been blockbusters of varying sizes – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Cinderella, Thor – but now he’s trying something a little smaller, and potentially a lot more playful. He’s directing and taking the lead role of Poirot in an adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder On The Orient Express.