Every year, Hollywood produces more reboots and remakes meant to launch a whole new franchise. Often, though, when these movies come out, they’re lackluster at best or just terrible movies. Either way, any hope for a new franchise is dashed immediately when it ends in critical and commercial failure.
There are reboots coming out though, and while they could have spawned a new franchise, for some reason it didn’t. Perhaps they even deserved to create a franchise by establishing a good base, even if the film itself could have been better. Here’s a list of reboot movies that didn’t start a new franchise, but probably could have if given the chance.
5 Terminator: Hi
Terminator: Hi is perhaps the best terminator next after Judgment Day. It’s not a perfect movie; in fact, it has a lot of issues and was rather maligned upon release. However, looking back, it’s the only sequel to really try something new. It’s the only one terminator movie set completely in the future during the war with Skynet.
It’s a story set to continue, starring Christian Bale as John Connor, Anton Yelchin as young Kyle Reese, and Bryce Dallas Howard as Kate Connor. Allegedly, Hi was to be the start of a new series. However, critical reception and poor box office returns caused MGM to reconsider. They would eventually reboot the story with the much maligned, Terminator: Genisys.
This ultra-violent comic adaptation is much better than it has any right to be. The effects are great, the cast is stellar, the action is brutal, the story and world building are spot on. And even, Dred never spawned a sequel, let alone an entire franchise. Strangely, the movie didn’t do very well at the box office, although it was rated pretty well.
It may be because Dred is a relatively unknown IP address. After all, the last time he was seen on the big screen was in the dull Judge Drdd movie starring Sylvester Stallone in 1995. This was perhaps the film’s harsh R rating, although R-rated comic book movies have performed much better recently. No matter the reason, Dred certainly deserved more than he received. Despite its significant cult following, it’s unlikely to get a sequel, although Karl Urban is clearly set to reprise his role as a helmeted enforcer.
3 Friday the 13th (2009)
Perhaps the best of the era of Hollywood slasher reboots, Friday 13, while extremely shallow at times, is a solid slasher that could have gotten away with being the starting point for a new Jason series. Atmospherically, the film is strong enough, and Jason Voorhees has never been more relentless than he is here. Instead of being portrayed as some sort of undead zombie, Jason is more of an unhinged survivalist who uses traps and makeshift weapons to brutally kill his victims.
Predictably, the teenage cast is insufferable, but that’s part of the fun when it comes to the slasher type. Friday 13 has always been. They make good fodder for Jason, who is the most creative killer in this iteration.
2 The Incredible Hulk
Released in 2008, The Incredible Hulk is one of the most unique Marvel movies due to the gravity and gravity of the film. Hulk, at the time played by Edward Norton, can be quite terrifying and there is very little humor throughout the film. These are just a few likely reasons why the film unfortunately never got a sequel when it deserved some (it even created The Leader).
The next time the Hulk would appear would be in The Avengers in 2012, where the role of Bruce Banner would instead be played by Mark Ruffalo. Hulk has often been relegated to supporting character roles in other superhero movies. He hasn’t gotten a movie streak yet or shown himself on his own, and even if he does get one, it obviously won’t have much to do with Edward Norton’s Hulk movie.
1 The man from UNCLE
It’s always disappointing when a solid movie ends up being a box office dud, especially when the movie is as charming and fun as The man from UNCLE. Starring Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Jared Harris, Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki and Hugh Grant, this reboot of the Cold War-themed spy TV series features great action, clever humor and surprisingly good performances. of almost everyone.
Unfortunately UNCLE just didn’t appeal to audiences when it was released in 2015. Even so, the film could certainly have had a sequel or two on the back of its cast alone. It could also have been a great counterbalance to the gritty direction in which james bond series took with Daniel Craig in Casino Royale.
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