Movies that were supposed to launch franchises (but didn’t) Pt. 1
In journalism classes, they teach you never to refer to something as “first annual”. No matter how good the intentions, sometimes events that are planned as annual never have a second installment. The same is true in movies. Some films were clearly intended to launch long-lasting franchises but act two never came.
What follows is a cautionary tale about what can happen when a franchise dies out after the first installment.
Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins – It’s right there in the title, folks. “The adventure begins.” It also ends.
Every now and then, you’ll hear film makers talk about an American James Bond. Remo Williams was one of the candidates to be the American James Bond. The problem is he was played by Fred Ward and the movie looked like it cost what a typical James Bond movie spends on catering.
Oh, also it had Joel Grey (father of “Baby” Jennifer Grey) in asian drag as a martial arts master. Yeah, that was totally believable.
The truth is, Remo Williams wasn’t a half bad movie (especially compared to some on the list). But it serves as a prime example of hubris when it comes to minting a franchise. This is why you don’t put “The Adventure Begins” in your title. 26 years later and Remo is still the butt of jokes.
Next: Dick Tracy
Posted on March 29, 2011, in Movies, movies that were supposed to..., sequels and tagged Battlefield Earth, buckaroo banzai, Daredevil, Dick Tracy, Doom, godzilla, Master and Commander, Remo Williams, Sahara, The Rocketeer, The Saint, Van Helsing, Wing Commander. Bookmark the permalink. 66 Comments.