Movies that were supposed to reboot franchises (but didn’t)
Way back in 2011, I wrote an article about movies that were intended to generate sequels, but weren’t successful enough to do so. Ironically, that article was successful enough to generate a sequel. In the grandest of all franchise traditions, I went back to the well and made it a trilogy. Since 2012, my series about movies that failed to start a series of their own has been dormant. Until now. It’s time to reboot with a look at movies that were supposed to reboot franchises but didn’t.
I think it is best to outline my criteria at the outset. So here are some of the guidelines I am using to compile this list.
1. For obvious reasons, it can not be the first movie in a series. In order to be a reboot, there has to be at least one prior movie.
2. It can’t be a sequel that flopped. Jaws: The Revenge killed the franchise. But it wasn’t an attempt to reboot the series.
3. The series needs to have been dormant for a while. The time frame is somewhat open.
4. The makers of the reboot had to have the intention of continuing the franchise. Otherwise, you just have a remake.
5. A reboot doesn’t necessarily have to be a remake or an origin story. Some movies fit into a grey area I call a “soft reboot”.
Now that I have established my rules/guidelines/criteria, I will set about breaking them.
Next: Superman Returns
Posted on February 13, 2014, in Movies, sequels and tagged a nightmare on elm street, conan the barbarian, entertainment, Friday the 13th, incredible hulk, movies, punisher, robocop, sequels, superman returns, terminator, the lone ranger, tron. Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.