The original was a fun but forgettable fantasy adventure but will Vin Diesel return for more in The Last Witch Hunter 2? Given Vin Diesel's current franchise dominance, it's hard to imagine a time he was reluctant to make sequels. He passed on both 2 Fast 2 Furious and xXx 2 to work on other projects, but it was his return in 2009's Fast & Furious that boosted his career to a new level.
He's starred in every entry since and will return once more for Fast & Furious 9. He also came back for Riddick and 2017's xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage. The Last Witch Hunter was intended to be another potential series for the action star, where he plays an immortal hunter tracking down witches in modern-day New York. Diesel's Kaulder is actually based off of the actor's own Dungeons & Dragons character. Rose Leslie, Elijah Wood, and Michael Caine co-starred in the fantasy blockbuster.
Related: The Last Witch Hunter Review
The Last Witch Hunter attracted mixed reviews and lukewarm box-office upon release, putting a sequel in doubt. Vin Diesel has shown to be persistent about projects he loves, however, so could The Last Witch Hunter 2 still happen?
Vin Diesel Teased The Last Witch Hunter 2 In 2015
Prior to the release of the original, Vin Diesel informed fans the studio was so excited by the movie they wanted to start prepping The Last Witch Hunter 2 right away. The actor labeled the would-be series the Axe and Cross franchise and the studio wanted him to block out time in his schedule for a follow-up.
Talk of a franchise immediately went cold following The Last Witch Hunter's release, with the movie grossing less than $150 million worldwide on a reported $90 million budget. Factoring in marketing costs, its unlikely the movie turned a profit during its theatrical run. The fantasy project did particularly poorly in the U.S. too, taking in less than $30 million.
Vin Diesel Has Resurrected Dead Franchises Before
The weak financial return of the movie would seem to rule out The Last Witch Hunter 2, but Diesel isn't one to let go of a series he's fond of. The character of Riddick in Pitch Black helped make him a star, but after the disappointing box-office of 2004's The Chronicles Of Riddick that franchise appeared dead. He refused to give up on it and helped finance a lower-budget follow-up simply labeled Riddick, which proved to be a hit back in 2013.
He did the same thing with xXx: The Return Of Xander Cage, following the box-office flop of 2005's xXx: State of The Union starring Ice Cube - xXx 4 and Riddick 4 are currently being planned. The Last Witch Hunter may not have set the box-office on fire, but Diesel could find a way to keep the Axe and Cross series going, be it a lower-budget sequel, video game or another medium. The Last Witch Hunter 2 doesn't appear to be in the works but given Diesel's track record, a follow-up isn't necessarily out of the question either.