Movie franchises are always a big gamble for every major product studio in the business. But with the massive impact brought by Harry Potter and The Hunger Games, sometimes it is a risk well worth taking. There are a lot of factors that contribute to the success of movie franchises. An example of which is the fandom that is ready to boost the film’s hype as well as the quality of the actually movie itself.
ExploreTalent is listing down movie franchises that were canceled after one movie or more. This could be due to multiple reasons, like poor box office performances or studio problems. Find out which films took a spot on the list below.
5 Canceled Movie Franchises
5. Green Lantern (2011)
Other than the adorable chemistry of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, this movie doesn’t really offer anything else. Green Lantern was initially planned to go head to head with the blooming Marvel Cinematic Universe, but sadly, DC fell short with this one. The movie flopped in the box office, only earning $116 million against its $200 million budget and it eventually forced the studio to abandon future films. Fast forward, Reynolds found success with Deadpool, while Green Lantern is set to be rebooted sometime in the future.
4. Percy Jackson and the Olympians (2010–2013)
This popular young adult series was a hit among teenagers. It has all the tropes that all teen-oriented movie franchises seem to boast—an awkward lead, a pretty love interest, friendship, and a lot of action. But despite all that, the two Percy Jackson films did not perform well in the box office and were received with mixed reviews by critics. Fox has not commented on the possibility of future films, and now that the lead stars are all grown up and doing maturer projects, there seems to be little chance of that happening now.
3. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Among the canceled movie franchises on this list, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was the only one that didn’t completely bomb in the box office. In fact, it opened to both critical and box office success. The reason why a sequel to this supposed trilogy was never made was due to scheduling conflicts between the lead stars. There is still hope for fans, though, as rumors have it that a full-blown reboot is said to be in the works.
2. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012–2014)
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone lit up the screen for The Amazing Spiderman, but unfortunately their sizzling onscreen chemistry wasn’t enough to save this doomed franchise. After the final film failed to meet the expectation set by Sony executives, the rights to Spider-Man was eventually turned over to Marvel so the web-slinger could finally join The Avengers. The bad news is, producers had numerous plans for the movie and that included a Sinister Six spin-off, as well as another film that featured all the female characters of the Spider-Man universe.
1. Divergent (2014–2016)
The Divergent series was supposed to fill in the hole after the Hunger Games franchise ended, but it never lived up to the hype and only seemed to get worse as the series progressed. There have been recent rumors that Lionsgate is planning to turn the final film into a television movie, but lead stars Shailene Woodley and Theo James have not confirmed their participation in the upcoming project.