The Last Witch Hunter doesn’t hit theaters until October 23rd but, as one might expect, Lionsgate is already making moves to turn the film into a franchise. Vin Diesel leads as Kaulder, a valiant witch hunter who manages to slay the Queen Witch, but not before she curses him with her own immortality, stopping him from ever reuniting with his wife and daughter in the afterlife. Today, Kaulder is the only witch hunter left so when the Queen Witch resurrects herself, it’s up to him to stop her from destroying the human race.
Diesel was very busy teasing the movie on his Facebook page all throughout production and now, in honor of “Witch Hunter Wednesday,” he’s sharing some details regarding a possible sequel:
Nowadays, when a film has franchise potential, you’re crazy if you don’t plan ahead – especially when you’ve got a busy guy like Diesel headlining the series. Does that mean a Last Witch Hunter sequel is a sure thing? Absolutely not, but if the film hits it big on October 23rd, Lionsgate should be ready to pull the trigger.
The trailer doesn’t really have me thinking, “I want to see Last Witch Hunter movies for years to come,” but there’s definitely something fun and promising about the material. Trouble is, the movie is going up against a significant amount of competition no matter how it turns out. Not only is Last Witch Hunter in direct competition with Jem and the Holograms, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Rock the Kasbah, but Bridge of Spies, Crimson Peak and Goosebumps all hit theaters the weekend before and will likely continue to claim a good deal of the cashflow.
What do you think? Does Last Witch Hunter even have a shot of earning that sequel?