Samuel L. Jackson may not be returning for the proposed Vin Diesel sequel despite comments to the contrary by Jackson himself. Director Rob Cohen indicates the character of Gibbons may not even appear in the sequel: "I'm not certain about that...I love Sam and I was very happy with what he did in the film but the roads divides at a certain point. You either go down one of two roads with a character. He either remains the handler and is always on the phone going 'Get out of there Xander' and all that stuff which is thankless for an actor or it becomes Lethal Weapon and suddenly it's a buddy movie and neither option at the moment seems as anarchistic as I'd like. What might be interesting is that there's another force that comes into the story. I really want the movies to stay fresh and not to go 'Oh, here's the familiar, comfortable element'... so we'll move on and hopefully it'll be a good surprise".