12 Movies That Killed A Potential Franchise Before It Could Get Started,
Conventional wisdom states that if you want to start a franchise, you have to give the people what they want. In some cases, like Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, this has more or less been met with exactly what folks wanted at the multiplexes. But in other cases, such as the DC Extended Universe, it’s been a rockier road to such a level of success.
And then there are the honored dead, who had high hopes and a gleam in their eyes, only to stumble down upon the starting gate and thus rob themselves of the loftier goals they aimed to achieve. Here now are 12 films that plotted out their futures, but couldn’t get the people’s votes, ultimately leaving their dreams unfinished.
King Arthur: Legend of The Sword
If we’re going to talk about failed franchises, where’s a better place to start than King Arthur: Legend of the Sword? With six films planned to adapt this fixture of English literature, the first film pretty much killed all hopes of such a cinematic universe faster than you could say, “Merlin.” Blame the film’s $175 million production budget, as well as its unreported marketing expenses, as the $134 million international take couldn’t even cover the production alone. Guy Ritchie just doesn’t seem to be able to catch a break, as The Man From U.N.C.L.E. also failed to launch a sequel of its own, though on a smaller scale.
Sometimes, that big ticket blockbuster you released leads to a long and healthy franchise. Other times, like the 12 examples we provide here, you end up with a big steaming pile of failure. Read on to honor these valiant dead.