After the 2020 lockdown, Hollywood has seen a fair enough rebound in 2021. But still, there is some uncertainty about the future of cinema. Plus the rise of OTT platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and others has also become a strong contender. The future of certain movies that did not do good is already in doubt. But there are certain well-doing franchises that struggled too. There are a few movie franchises that breathed their last breath in 2021. And now it’s possible that we see them as TV shows or be revived on streaming platforms.
Infinite breathed its last breath in 2021
Paramount was hoping Infinite to be the next big thing, but the outcome was quite different. The movie tried to dabble between superhero movies, sci-fi blockbusters, and thrillers but it failed to be any of them. The movie was originally supposed to release in theatres in August 2020 but due to the lockdown, it was delayed. Then the film was released on Paramount+ on 10 June 2021. To make it worse for the film, its first trailer came out only weeks before its release. And it was not even screened for the critics. It scored only 16% on rotten tomatoes and was on the list of Worst Movies of 2021 by the New York Times. Sadly, it was considered to be the first of the next big action movie franchise. But it ended before it could start.
The Matrix died in 2021
One of the most popular movie franchises, The Matrix released a sequel after 20 years of The Matrix Revolutions’ release. The Matrix Resurrections, sadly could not resurrect the franchise. There was a huge hype created about the movie and it could not live up to it. The reviews of the film are mixed and it got a B on CinemaScore. It is hence the lowest-rated film of the franchises. The movie managed $190 million and is a blockbuster. But it did not meet the expectations of the makers. And Wachowski too has said that this is her last The Matrix film.
Paranormal Activity came to an end in 2021
One of the most impressive success stories of the horror movie franchise has to be Paranormal Activity. It has been around for about 20 years. The franchise originally ended with Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension in 2019. Another reboot was given to it with the release of Paranormal Activity: Next to Kin. Though it was originally supposed to be released in theatres, paramount decided to release it on their streaming platform instead. And it was a good idea, as the movie was far from the revival film it was expected to be. The found-footage horror story style is now too old and the audience is over it. And this is definitely the last of the franchise.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard ended in 2021
The first film, The Hitman’s Bodyguard came out in 2017. It was a comic and fun to watch flick, with modest reviews and success at the box office. But the one thing film did not need was a sequel. With the popularity of Ryan Reynolds, Lionsgate decided to give it a sequel. With the title The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, the movie was released last summer. Though this movie too was fun the chemistry between Ryan Reynolds and Jackson is good. But the movie was forgettable and was unnecessary. The studio must realize it is not going to be a franchise.
Home Alone is dead in 2021
To those who do not know, the Home Alone franchise was still ongoing. Most of us were not even aware that there are more movies after the first two, starring Macaulay Culkin. The franchise now has six movies. After the 2012 movie, Disney released another movie in the franchise in 2021. Though it was not as bad as the other two films, it was still bad. And Disney should accept that the franchise is over. Hopefully, it is the final film of the zombie franchise.