Hollywood can have some spectacular successes with the movies they make, but they can also have some epic failures. Sometimes, Hollywood executives are simply out of touch with what the fans want, and the big plans they had for multi-million dollar franchises never come to fruition.
In a recent online discussion, the topic was big-budget movies that were supposed to be the first in a franchise but couldn’t cut the mustard.
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The League Of Extraordinary Gentleman
While most people agree that Sean Connery did an amazing job as Alan Quartermain, that’s about the only good thing people have to say about it.
One commenter said, “It’s a movie based on some eleven year old explaining monster movies to his grandpa.” Another said, “That’s a perfect one line description.”
If you are going to make a movie based off of a novel, you should probably at least loosely follow the book with your storyline. Apparently, the producers of Eragon strongly disagreed.
One person said, “Eragon was the movie that made me swear off ever watching a movie based on a book I’ve read ever again unless the movie got absolutely glowing reviews. One of the few movies I’ve seen in theaters that I’ve absolutely loathed.”
Another person said, “The only one of us siblings that enjoyed it was the one who didn’t read the book. I immediately left the theater saying it was the worst money I had ever spent.”
Master and Commander: The Far Side Of the World
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, starring Russell Crowe, was meant to be the first installment of several additional movies. However, after its disappointing box office sales, producers decided to pull the plug.
One commenter said, “It’s an incredible movie and they had plans to make several more. Box office wasn’t good enough to support more. Its following started about ten years too late.”
Artemis Fowl has a huge cult following of people who have read the series of books and were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the movie…until they watched it.
One person said, “I literally had been wishing for those books to be made into movies for my whole childhood and then it was all so spectacularly ruined.” Another said, “The Artemis Fowl movie finally let me feel the pain that Eragon fans felt. It was so bad both as a movie and especially as an adaptation.”
The Dark Tower
Making a good movie out of anything Stephen King wrote is a challenge. There is just so much there, and you can’t possibly include all of the little nuances the books have. However, The Dark Tower was particularly disappointing.
One Stephen King fan said, “I have no idea what you’re talking about. They never made a Dark Tower movie. Oh, they made a weird sci-fi flick where they wasted Idris Elba’s talent on bad writing and worse directing, and they might have called that travesty ‘The Dark Tower,’ but it was completely unrelated to the book, and I’ll fight whomever disagrees with that.”
Mark Wahlberg did his best to portray Max Payne, but you can only work with what you are given. Plus, basing a film on a video game is always dicey.
One man said, “My friend was a super fan of the games and a bunch of us went to see it with him. He was so upset after the movie he went home and didn’t want to talk to anyone for like a week. When he finally cracked all he would do was rant about what an awful movie it was and the people that made it should all be launched Out of Hollywood.”
Another said, “I had such hope for Max Payne. I took my girlfriend to see it in theaters. She must have really liked me because she stayed with me after that.”
Hobbs & Shaw
Hobbs & Shaw with the Rock and Jason Statham was meant to be a spinoff series for the Fast and the Furious franchise. There aren’t going to be any more stand-alone Hobbs & Shaw movies, but they are both still in the Fast and Furious family.
One person said, “Hobbs and Shaw was supposed to start a whole spinoff series from the Fast and the Furious. I don’t know if it failed financially, but they’re definitely not doing any more Hobbs stand-alone movies.”
The Justice League was one of the most common answers for movies that were supposed to start a franchise but flopped.
As one commenter put it, “They screwed up by trying too hard to catch up to the Avengers instead of just focusing on building their own characters up. We never should’ve gotten Batman vs. Superman and then Justice League that early. Affleck’s Batman was actually very well done but he needed his own movie to establish that version’s history. Not to mention Flash and Cyborg didn’t even have their solo movies before Justice League. It was just lazy, desperate, and bad judgement all around that doomed what could’ve been a promising challenger to the MCU.”
In other words, the producers got greedy and put the cart before the horse…several times over.
The A-Team was the most commonly mentioned movie where people wish they would put out more of them. Based on the comic book series, there is tons of source material for lots of future movies.
One person said, “The A-Team movie was supposed to have a bunch of sequels, but Joe Carnahan, Bradley Cooper, and Liam Neeson all kinda confirmed that the first one didn’t make enough money so they scrapped those plans. It’s a shame, because I love that movie.”
Did you know that when the Power Rangers came out way back in 2017, it was supposed to be the start of a whole universe? Sadly, the box office wasn’t good enough for them to continue with it.
One man said, “I love the 2017 live action film and I’m still very jaded they aren’t going further with it. I loved the cast, loved the ranger suits, the CGI was pretty good, and it was so fun.”
Someone else said, “I thought it was a good reinterpreting of the franchise. Unfortunately it was a one and done.”
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