20 Movie Franchises That Ended Too Early
All things are difficult before they are easy. This quote also applies to the movie business. In Hollywood, if a movie makes a lot of money at the box office, it’s easy and safe to make several sequels. If a movie does poorly at the box office, it never has the chance to make the second step, not to mention a franchise.
People always complain that there are too many sequels in the theaters, they never know there could have been many more. Here are 20 movie franchises that sadly ended too soon.
20. Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events
The Movie: Jim Carrey plays Count Olaf, who takes in three orphaned children – but only because he’s interested in their fortune.
The Sequel: Considering there’s an entire series of books under the Lemony Snicket umbrella, Paramount was clearly looking to set up a franchise. The film’s failure to hit Harry Potter-style box office success doomed it as a franchise, however.
19. Lost In Space
The Movie: An update of the ’60s TV serial, with Friends moppet Matt LeBlanc playing the hero who goes up against Gary Oldman’s smarmy villain.
The Sequel: Though the original tipped Titanic off the box office top spot, Lost In Space suffered scathing reviews and a lacklustre BO haul. So the idea of a sequel is aborted.
18. Super Mario Bros
The Movie: Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo bring plumber brothers Mario and Luigi to the big screen in this rather colorful adaptation of the popular video game.
The Sequel: A sequel was planned for Rocky Morton and Annabel Jankel’s movie, but lack of interest saw it shelved. Meanwhile, Hoskins called the film “the worst thing I ever did”.
17. I Am Number Four
The Movie: Adaptation of writing duo Pittacus Lore’s first Lorien Legacies bestseller, with Brit Alex Pettyfer starring as alien-in-human-flesh Number Four.
The Sequel: A sequel was being prepared – an adaptation of second book The Power Of Six, but poor returns for I Am Number Four meant it was all but forgotten about at Disney.