1987 was a good year for action movies. Already in this bracket game we have seen the genre-defining buddy cop movie, Lethal Weapon. But the year also included The Living Daylights, Beverly Hills Cop II, Stakeout, and The Running Man among others. Today’s contestants blended action with science-fiction to become two of the more enduring movies of the year. It’s Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator vs. Paul Verhoeven’s Robocop.
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.