Monday, 29 June 2015

Vin Diesel announces plans for The Last Witch Hunter sequel

Vin Diesel (Furious 7) has something of a chequered past when it comes to predicting big successful franchises in the making (xXx springs to mind), but that certainly doesn't stop him. Ge has recently taken to his personal Facebook page to announce that that Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment are developing a sequel to his latest action adventure, The Last Witch Hunter.

The first film, of course, has yet to even hit cinemas, neither has it put out anything more than a teaser so far. But according to the man himself, we could be looking at more quests against the forces of darkness with his valiant, immortal warrior, Kaulder. "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," says Diesel. "The first one doesn't hit theaters until October 23, yet they want me to commit and already block out time to film it."

In case you weren't aware, the movie takes place in a world where powerful, magical witches from centuries past have survived into the present day. Hell bent on spreading a deadly plague to wipe out mankind, they have but one real foe – the armies of Witch Hunters who do battle against their wicked ways. One such warrior is Kaulder, who was able to slay the Queen Witch, but not before she cursed him with some of her immortality, forcing him to outlive his family and continue his mission hundreds of years later. Now, with the Queen Witch resurrected, Kaulder faces an epic battle for the very future of us all.

With Breck Eisner (The Crazies) directing, the film also features Rose Leslie (Game Of Thrones), Michael Caine (Harry Brown), Elijah Wood (Maniac) and Julie Engelbrecht (The Red Baron). While American audiences do indeed get the film in October, we here in the UK will have to wait until 6 November. As to the future of the franchise? That will likely depend on the response to the first, but it sounds like the studio wants to move ahead quickly if it is indeed a hit.

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