Whenever Hollywood comes up with a blockbuster movie, they try to cash it. Mostly they introduce franchises out of them. Some of the successful franchises are “Harry Potter“, “Twilight“, “Fast & Furious“, “Avengers“, “Thor“, etc. But there are times when these franchises get canceled just before the final film. We’ll take you through 10 franchises that almost got done with their making but failed to release. Check them out!
1. The Chronicles Of Narnia
The original series has 7 novels. However, the movie only has 3 sequels. It is because the movies weren’t fetching enough revenue that could satisfy the makers to continue with the franchise.
This is based on a novel of the same name by Christopher Paolini. It could have been a four-film series. But it ended up being a single movie. However, in 2021, fans of the book series tweeted and pushed Disney+ for a remake. We never know we get a proper series dedicated in its name!
This is another movie adapted from a novel by the same name. Unfortunately, the movie didn’t do well at the box office and couldn’t generate satisfactory revenue, given the hefty amount of budget that underwent in the making of the film. Therefore, despite having enough material for the storyline, makers dropped the idea of franchising the film.
4. John Carter
A lot was going on while making this film. Unfortunately, the movie flopped and so did the hopes for a sequel or a possible franchise.
5. Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
The film met a few hurdles before landing up with the director Brad Silberling. The movie did good but not enough to meet the makers’ expectations. So, instead of continuing with a franchise, Paramount decided to go with a TV series.
6. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
There were a few script issues and numerous delays that prevented the franchise from moving forward. There were two series that the production is planning to skip and directly moving ahead with the fourth novel “The Girl in the Spider’s Web“. But who knows it will happen or not!
7. Percy Jackson
The movie did moderately well at the box office, which was enough for making a sequel. The next installment “Percy Jackson: The Sea of Monsters” did as good as its predecessor. Therefore, the franchise wasn’t building, nor fading. But the studio didn’t it worthy enough to spend another hefty amount on the third film. Hence, putting an end to the so-called Percy Jackson Franchise.
8. I Am Number Four
The movie looked like it was going to be a massive hit given its cast and crew. In fact, it did manage to gross three times its production budget, but it wasn’t enough to convince the makers for a franchise. Moreover, it was met with negative reviews. The Rotten Tomatoes critics consensus calls the movie “a derivative and ultimately forgettable sci-fi thriller.”
Despite increasing the production budget for the series, each installment brought in less revenue domestically. Therefore, the studio pulled the plug before finishing the final film.
10. Ender’s Game
Gavin Hood tried to give the beloved kids’ novel the best adaptation he could. The film did well at the box office. However, it could not completely meet the production budget of $125.5 million.