The Last Witch Hunter is staying true to its tagline 'Live forever, hunt forever', as star Vin Diesel promises a sequel is on the way, solidifying this fantasy adventure's chance at a lucrative franchise. The Furious 7 icon hopped on his official Facebook page to announce the news, claiming Summit Entertainment and Lionsgate are so happy with the finished product, which we'll see on the big screen this October, that they've already started developing The Last Witch Hunter 2. He had this to say to his fans.
"So the studio apparently is so excited by the Last Witch Hunter - The Axe and Cross franchise... that they are already commencing on the next one. The first one doesn't hit theaters until October 23rd, yet they want me to commit and already block out time to film it. As always, I love to hear your feedback...Kaulder: Are you a good witch... or a bad witch?"
In The Last Witch Hunter, the modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments right before her death, the Queen curses Kaulder with her own immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today Kaulder is the only one of his kind remaining, and has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones. However, unbeknownst to Kaulder, the Queen Witch is resurrected and seeks revenge on her killer causing an epic battle that will determine the survival of the human race.
Vin Diesel's Furious 7 has already earned $350 million and counting at the domestic box office, with a worldwide haul of $1.5 billion. It is currently the second highest grossing movie of 2015. But will a fantasy adventure like The Last Witch Hunter pull in the same kind of audience? That is not yet known. Aside from the Fast & Furious franchise, Vin Diesel has also tried to launch Riddick and xXx franchises with varying degrees of success. Summit and Lionsgate have a goal of kickstarting as many franchises as possible at the moment, so The Last Witch Hunter probably sounds like a safe bet for continued success. But there's always the chance it could bomb. Just look at what happened to Seventh Son earlier this year. It's doubtful we'll see a sequel to that movie, which was also meant to boot-up a franchise. What do you think? Do you need to wait and see the first before jumping to any conclusions?