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The Future of Film Franchises

March 23, 2015


It is quite obvious and expected that by 2020, over a dozen of new films with long-running franchise would have hit the screens. These are however just speculations because several studios have movie schedules up until 2019. The advent of the new decade is rather blank but leaves the public expectant. The truth is that some franchises are hanging onto the next decade.


As we draw closer to the decade, every year is accompanied with intense drama as some franchises will fall while others will rise. One of such franchise that has been predicted to receive a major setback is comic book movies. Producers and creators alike have not been left out of this seemingly shaking atmosphere, as buttressed by Matthew Vaughn, producer of Fantastic Four, and co-writer of Kingsman: The Secret Service. Although he had doubts about the longevity of the subject matter, this did not stop him from producing other superb movies.


As fans, these film successes have not completely dispelled our fears, and this is why.


The Other Side of the Coin


Time and time again we have seen that in many cases, our hopes are dashed by the actual release of some movies. We have seen movies with so much hype end up being total flops. Personally what this means is that there is absolutely no need to get over excited until I watch the movie.


However, many studios are taking heed and sticking to two watchwords – continuity and proper storytelling. This is best illustrated by Kathleen Kennedy, head of Lucasfilm, during the foundational stages of Star Wars canon – “we are set to bring Star Wars back to the big screen, and continue” on several existing and emerging platforms.


Well, if this is the case, we can say that the future is looking bright for most franchise as we no longer have to worry about our favourite character being misinterpreted or left out of an important scene.


Perfect Game Changers


In the last couple of decades we have seen collaborations between movie-industry big players such as Disney, Lucasfilm, and Marvel studios. Another note-worthy collaboration is that of Marvel and Sony, centred on the Spider-Man. Sony has had rights over the character for over 15 years.


As a die-hard fan of Spider Man, it will be nice to see him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Although Sony is set to produce standalone series such as Venom and Sinister Six that does not involve MCU, the new collaboration allows the new Spider-Man to join MCU while standalone series still run. In my opinion, this is entirely epic.


The bottom line is that we are set to see even more collaborations amongst multiple franchises.


What does the Future Hold?


Without mincing words, it can be clearly said that thinking about the future of the industry brings a feeling of both excitement and fear.


Fans will always go back to catch a glimpse of their favourite character or movie. What this means is that we should be expected franchises and movies that may span over a decade.


Movies like Harry Potter and Hunger Games proved this fact to be true.

With all this said, we can only conclude that the future is in the feature and our predictions may not be a hundred percent correct. One thing is sure and that is that fact that the next five years is quite predictable and we can follow certain productions from idea to premiere. 

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