Failed movie franchises
26 6.4 5.51. Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)
Note : Honestly, I have never heard of this flick and it looks pretty lame... But, according to IMDB, this was to be the first in a serie of films based on a popular series of pulp novels. The poor box office returns cancelled plans for any further film productions. I won't miss those...
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256 4.4 4.32. Supergirl (1984)
201 6.4 6.43. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the... (1984)
Note : What a title... I mean, it is kind of cute but they did really expect us to take this movie really seriously?!? Actually, I haven't seen it so it might be actually completely awesome. Anyway, this was the first and last movie featuring the adventures of the Mighty Buckaroo Banzai.
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78 6.3 6.44. Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985)
Note : Honestly, I have never heard of Remo or his movie. Never a good sign... This entry was advised by Ulysses. With such a title, they were clearly aiming for a franchise. Guess what ? Didn't happened! Why not ? Maybe because of the (not so) huge Fred Ward Star Power... No offense Fred !
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567 4.7 4.55. Howard the Duck (1986)
297 5.5 5.66. The Punisher (1989)
466 6 6.47. The Rocketeer (1991)
Note : I don't get it... No disrespect but when you have Superman, Spider-man ,Batman or any other really famous super-hero, why would you pick the Rocketeer to make a comic-book adaptation ?!? Anyway, Roger Ebert loved this movie but I was just bored during the whole thing. I guess I wasn't the only one because after this introduction to the Rocketeer, he never came back...
942 4 48. Super Mario Bros. (1993)
Note : Mario was, probably still is, the most famous video game character and there have been many (most of them very good) games with him. So, it is quite natural that they decided to extand his realm to the movies. Unfortunately, it was a critical and financial disaster and we never saw Mario again expect, of course, in his lovely Nintendo games...
964 3.7 3.79. Street Fighter (1994)
Note : One year after the Mario movie, they tried another video game adaptation... Being a big Street Fighter fan, I had to see it in the movie theater... What a terrible experience! One of the wortst movies I have ever seen... Luckilly, I was not the only thinking that way so there was no sequel for this pile of horsesh*t....
275 5.6 5.910. The Shadow (1994)
1011 4.9 5.411. Judge Dredd (1995)
Note : Honestly, this one had some potential. A badass character, pretty good casting choice with Stallone, a nice mood... but still it didn't work out. Mostly for 2 reasons. First, they toned down the material (bye bye badassery...) and second, where was the f*cking mask ?!? Stallone has the mask on maybe 10 minutes for the whole movie while it is one of trademark of the character... Anyway, you know the drill, financial and critical misfire = no Dredd 2...
373 4.7 4.912. The Phantom (1996)
762 5.1 5.213. Spawn (1997)
Note : Maybe we have a winner here. Cool super-hero=check, cool moody poster=check, cool lead actor= let me see, who is the lead actor...Michael Jai White... Who the f*ck is that ? Ah yeah! I know, he got killed by the Joker in the Dark Knight!! What a perfomance ! Sorry, I'm just being ironic here... Anyway, Michael (or is it Michael Jai?) didn't have enough star power to pull this movie for a sequel...
2201 4.8 5.314. Godzilla (1998)
517 4.1 3.715. The Avengers (1998)
Note : Nowadays, when you hear this title, you think of an awesome super-hero flick which has recently become the 3rd highest grossing motion picture ever made. Before that, there was another movie bearing the same title which is, arguably, the worst TV-show adaptation ever made. No doubt if it wasn't that bad and made some bucks, it would have started a new franchise but it wasn't meant to be...
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2403 5 4.816. Wild Wild West (1999)
352 2.9 017. Battlefield Earth (2000)
Note : Not only it was a huge flop and arguably one of the worst movies ever made, the original plans called for a sequel to be produced, which would have been based on the second half of the novel by L. Ron Hubbard. These plans were scrapped due to the poor critical and public reaction to this film. Thank God for that...
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2447 5.1 5.718. Hulk (2003)
1524 6.9 7.419. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the Wo... (2003)
Note : The film's plot and characters are adapted from three novels in author Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey–Maturin series. It could have become a franchise since there was a total of 20 novels about Jack Aubrey's naval career. Even though Russell Crowe was rather enthousiast concerning a possible sequel, Peter Weir thought it was rather unlikely and, eventually, since it was not really successful, no sequel was made eventually.
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2534 5 5.420. Daredevil (2003)
Note : I don't think it was that bad. Actually, Daredevil is a pretty cool character and it would have been nice to see more of him. But it failed badly and Ben Affleck won't problably ever come back as a super-hero following his statement "Wearing a costume was a source of humiliation for me and something I wouldn't want to do again soon."
1197 6 6.521. The Punisher (2004)
Note : For the 2nd time, they tried to start a franchise around The Punisher, and again, they failed gloriously ! Actually, this one did better than the 1st one. It was released in the US and made nearly four times what it cost. Eventually, a sequel was planned (well done !), but Thomas Jane eventually bowed out as it was taking too long to produce (too bad...). Personally, I couldn't care less about this movie. No loss for me !
3257 6.5 6.822. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Eve... (2004)
Note : Honestly, I thought it was pretty good and they were supposed to make more movies (there are 13 books so that should be enough material) but it seems that they eventually dropped the whole thing so we won't see Count Olaf and the Baudelaire siblings for anytime soon.
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3283 6 623. Van Helsing (2004)
750 5.3 624. Sahara (2005)
2752 5.9 6.125. Superman Returns (2006)
Note : Honestly, I don't think it was that bad. Before it came out, there was a huge buzz surrounding this flick. After almost 20 years, Superman was finally back on the big screen and it was (and still is ) one of the most expensive movies ever made. Unfortunately, it was nothing great and the movie really tanked at the box-office and it was a huge blow for all the people involved (Bryan Singer, Brandon Routh, Kate Bosworth, Kevin Spacey) concerning their career. In 2013, Zach Snyder and Christopher Nolan will come out with a new reboot and we will see if they have more luck.
1551 4.9 5.126. Eragon (2006)
1903 5.8 6.127. The Golden Compass (2007)
Note : Again, a nice open ending...They tried so bad to reproduce The Lord of the Rings success but it didn't work out and the sequels were cancelled. It's too bad because it had a great cast (Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, and the voice of Ian McKellen), some very nice visuals and the story was not bad at all.
213 5.4 4.828. The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)
Note : Honestly, I have never heard of this flick before and it doesn't look very good. It is actually based on the novel 'The Dark is Rising' by Susan Cooper, which is part of a series of five books collectively called 'The Dark is Rising Sequence'. I guess we will never know what happened in those over books then...
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2226 6.3 6.929. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Note : Once again, 5 years later, they tried again to launch a franchise around the big green guy and once again... they failed ! In spite of casting Edward Norton, one of the best actors around, it didn't become the success they hoped.
I have a theory about this. The issue is the Hulk himself. Why ? 2 reasons.
1. The audience wants Bruce Banner to become the Hulk. That's what we came for !! But Bruce Banner doesn't want to transform. So the audience wants completely the opposite of what the main character wants and it creates these 2 antagonist drives in the story which doesn't provide a fluent narration.
2. The Hulk is incontrollable and goes rampage everytime he is pissed off. He doesn't have any purpose than to destroy everything around him which sounds nicer than it actually is. At the end of the day, how can you build a story around a character who doesn't have any purpose at all ?
I like both Hulk movies but because of those 2 reasons, I don't think a Hulk movie can really be successful.
2111 5.8 630. Jumper (2008)
420 5.6 631. Punisher: War Zone (2008)
Note : This is the stuff of legend !!! For the 3rd time, they tried to create a franchise around Frank Castle and, for the 3rd time, they failed so bad ! When will they finally drop this guy?!? This one had the largest budget yet at $35 million but it made only $10 million... At the 2010 Comic Con, Marvel said they planned for yet another reboot of the character. You gotta to be kidding me...
727 5.9 6.132. Inkheart (2008)
Note : Everytime they adapt a fantasy novel, the Hollywood producers always hope they will get the new Harry Potter. This, for example, was the first book of a trilogy but I guess we won't see the other books adapted for anytime soon. Personally, I would blame Brendan Fraser, but that's me...
1864 6.1 6.733. Terminator: Salvation (2009)
931 6 6.134. Push (2009)
494 5.5 635. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)
265 3.8 3.736. Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (2009)
621 3.2 2.837. Dragonball: Evolution (2009)
369 5.8 6.138. Solomon Kane (2009)
Note : Do you know what is worst than 'Van Helsing' ? A cheap ass version of 'Van Helsing! The makers intended to make two further Solomon Kane movies to complete a planned trilogy, one set primarily in Africa and the other at least partially in colonial North America but guess what?!? It never happened...
1708 6.3 6.639. Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2010)
1666 6.2 6.440. Salt (2010)
Note : Ok, it wasn't the worst movie in 2010 but, for me, it was definitely the biggest disappointment. At the end, which is completely preposterous like the rest of the movie, there is a nice open ending pointing to an obvious sequel which hopefully will never be made...
UPDATE : A sequel has been recently announced on IMDB so this entry might be removed in the future.
992 4.5 4.341. The Last Airbender (2010)
Note : Not so long ago, a movie directed by M. Night Shyamalan was patiently awaited by movie fans around the world. Those movies were... good ! Seriously ! Now, all his movies are awaited with dread (What will be the next turkey ?!?). With The Last Airbender, he was going towards a complete new direction and we hoped for the best... But unfortunately, Shyamalan decided now to destroy kids dreams aswell. Luckily, we won't be able to follow Aang adventures anytime soon...
502 4.6 4.642. Jonah Hex (2010)
1021 5.9 6.143. I Am Number Four (2011)
Note : It reminds me of 'Push', another similar failed attempt to create a franchise around some teenagers with some super-powers, in the sense that the makers managed to create an interesting world but instead of exploring the implications of such a chaotic world, they just chickened out and made it as bland as possible to make sure that the average audience wouldn't be challenged during one single minute while watching this. Anyway, in spite of a nice open ending, there is no plan for a sequel.
1201 5.5 5.744. Green Lantern (2011)
Note : I thought there was some good stuff in this super-hero flick but it was a huge flop and barely made any money. Strangely, they announced right away they would make a sequel. But now, we are almost 1 year later and absolutely nobody is attached to this movie so I won't think it will be made anytime soon.
501 5 5.245. Conan the Barbarian (2011)
1773 7.7 7.946. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Note : First of all, I have to say that I really enjoyed this flick (even though I do think that the Swedish version was better). It was even one of my favorite movies that came out in 2011. Still, at this point, it is pretty obvious that part 2 and 3 won't be made and, as a result, as a franchise, it is a failure.
798 6.3 6.647. John Carter (2012)
1774 6.8 748. Prometheus (2012)
Note : I'm pretty sure that many people will hate me for putting this movie on this list... First of all, even though it was nothing really mindblowing, I really enjoyed it. But at this point, it has been released already for a few months and I don't hear anything about a sequel (check IMDB...) which is never a good sign. In my opinion, they won't make any sequel. I may be wrong but we'll see...
UPDATE : The sequel has finally been announced but I still don't believe it will be made.
1169 6.5 749. World War Z (2013)
Notes: I know, I know... This movie has just been released but I simply don't see the sequel coming out anytime soon. Indeed, the whole thing was just way out of budget and way out of control. The producers must feel lucky that they managed to cut their losses and since Brad Pitt barely does any blockbuster at all nowadays and I don't see him coming back for a second installment since it went so bad the first time around.
717 6.3 6.550. The Lone Ranger (2013)
Notes: Even better... I haven't even seen this one yet and it has been released for only 3 days(!) but I'm already scratching any plan for a sequel. For a huge production like this one, it is pretty simple, in the first week-end, it has to be a massive success, otherwise, you can simply forget it. It terribly underperformed in its first week-end and if you take into account the really low ratings on IMDB, I'm pretty sure you can forget any hope for a sequel.
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