There are few examples of movies which are just awesome and got the potential of being a huge franchise but for some reason they just stop after making a single movie and didn’t carry it forward for the second movie or another sequel of it and there are many out there for you and for us and here is a shortlist for such movies and we would love to hear which movies you like to be on this list !
V.I. Warshawski was a 1991 film starring Kathleen Turner. Yes, the intention was that you were supposed to see case after case cracked by Turner as V.I. Warshawski throughout the 1990s. V.I. Warshawski is actually based on a series of detective novels by Sara Peretsky. The novels are written in the first person, so there is kind of a Twilight effect there. The novels are completely serious but the movie was played as more of an action comedy. As a commercial and critical failure, the novel Deadlock was the only book that ended up being a movie.
2004’s Van Helsing was a pyrrhic victory of sorts for Universal. The film grossed 120 million domestically and made over 300 million worldwide. By all cinematic accounts, that is not exactly a box office failure for the Hugh Jackman vehicle. However, the 160 million price tag combined with ad promotion and the cut of the theater owners made the whole film a virtual wash in the account books. Despite a planned animated release, you did not get to see a live action sequel in which Van Helsing may have found other Universal monsters such as the Mummy or the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Still, apparently the project has not been given totally up on… yet. There was a recent deal signed in which Van Helsing might be resurrected as a reboot starring Tom Cruise. Weirder things have happened. The original idea for a movie was to be The Van Helsing Chronicles starring Anthony Hopkins as a spinoff from Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
At first, fans were full of trepidation about the possibility of an A-Team film based on the popular show from the 1980s. When they saw the movie, the reaction was not entirely negative. There was even buzz about possible sequels as well as excitement. However, the film did not make enough to actually warrant sequels so we were kind of left with a stand alone film. Apparently, that is just fine by director Joe Carnahan. Carnahan stated that if he had gotten dragged into the A-Team universe, it would have been harder to get pet projects like The Grey off of the floor. It almost makes you wonder if there are smaller more personal films that Michael Bay has in mind, but the Transformers universe keeps pulling him back in…. almost.
1986’s Cobra was an absolute orgy of violence. Cobra starred Sylvester Stallone as a tough guy cop Marion Cobretti. Cobra was actually partially the original script for Beverly Hills Cop minus the jokes and twice the violence. In essence, all of the pieces were in place for Cobretti’s car and gun to crack heads and cases until at least the 1990s. Cobra could have joined Rambo and Rocky in the Stallone Pantheon. The film took number one in the box office on the critical Memorial Day weekend. In 1986, the film made 49 million dollars. In today’s ticket sales, that same take would be 104 million. What happened? Stallone rebuffed the requests to make a sequel. Given Stallone’s later career swoon, he might well have dropped the ball on that one.
All of the elements were there for a film franchise. Elf made 173 million dollars domestically in 2003. The film only costs 33 million to make and is on its way to becoming a beloved holiday classic. The actors involved are still hot ( Will Ferrell and Zoey Deschanel ) and director Jon Favreau went on to spark Iron Man and Marvel Films in general. The continuing gooey heart warming adventures of Buddy the Elf seemed like the ultimate no brainer. As a matter of fact, Will Ferrell was offered almost the whole budget of the first one to make a second one. What happened? The man who made Talladega Nights had a crisis of conscience. Ferrell felt that the movie would be ‘crap’ and refused to make it. We’re guessing Land of the Lost was just a better idea?
When you make 73 million on a ghostly comedy, there is talk of a sequel. Tim Burton can still get almost any project made (see Dark Shodows) and everyone involved seemed hyped about a Beetlejuice sequel. Even the potential sequel itself seems to have a cult following. Apparently, Tim Burton actually wrote a script called Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian which may have been simply a joke to get the studio off his back about doing a sequel. Then again, after seeing Planet of the Apes, we are not so sure. Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian gained a measure of fame when Kevin Smith ( in One Night With Kevin Smith ) talked about being offered the project. Part of us is incredibly intrigued, and part of us agree with Smith postulated that everything had already been said about the character.
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