20th Century Fox
New Line Cinema
Open Road Films
Walt Disney Pictures
Tron: Legacy was a sequel to the '80s cult classic movie Tron. But the sequel failed to live up to the hype of the original. The film was widely praised by critics for its state-of-the-art visual effects, but failed to woo audiences over with its storyline. The film didn't do spectatularly at the box-office. So while originally there were plans to follow Tron:Legacy up with a a third Tron film that would complete the triology, there aren't any concrete plans to make the third movie a reality anytime soon.
National Treasure: Book of Secrets, the follow up to the 2004's National Treasure, was a surprising hit. The film ends on a cliffhanger, with the president handing adventurer Ben Gates the fabled "Book of Secrets" — a tome rumored to hold the answers to all the world's best consipracy theories, with cryptic instructions to take a look at page 47. Despite promises for years that National Treasure 3 was in the works, fans have yet to discover what was on page 47. As of 2018, a script for the third film was close to being finished, but the film has not yet been green-lit.
Kick-Ass was an early attempt at making off-beat Marvel comics properties into box-office hits. Starring Aaron Johnston, Nicholas Cage, and Chloe Grace Moretz the original film was both a critical and financial sucess and went on to aquire something of a cult status upon its DVD release. Problems with the franchise came with the sequel Kick-Ass 2, which failed to copy its prequel's sucess. Comicbook author Mark Millar said that a third movie would depend on the sucess of Kick-Ass 2. So far an end to the triology has not been greenlit.
Warner Bros. Pictures
Expectations were at an all-time low for Clash of the Titans, whose tagline promised that "Titans will clash." Although Clash of the Titans was slammed by critics, it was enough of a financial success to merit the greenlighting of a second and third film. The sequel, 2012's Wrath of the titans featured more titan on Titan action. The final chapter in the trilogy was canceled after Wrath of the Titans was also slammed by critics. That and the fact that everyone literally ran out of ideas for another film.
Sometimes Hollywood shoots itself in the foot. By all accounts, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo should have spurred a massively successful franchise. The 2011 film was a remake of a Swedish language film based on the massively successful Millennium series by author Stieg Larsson. The film was both a critical and financial success. It even garnered an Oscar nom for its star Rooney Mara. Reported script difficulties kept the series from moving forward. As of 2015, it was announced that the series would be rebooted with a new cast, and would focus on later books written after the death of original author Stieg Larsson.
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Escape from New York is a 1981 sci-fi film whose premise was that New York City had been converted into a maximum security prison. When the Air Force One crashed into the prison-island, protagonist Snake Plissken is given a day to rescue him. The cult classic film received good enough reviews for it to get a sequel, Escape From L.A.. In what is a tale as old as time, the sequel bombed, and plans to round out the series into a trilogy never came to be.
2008's Inkheart was based on a series of Young Adult novels about a man who can 'read' characters out of books. The only catch is that every time a character is read out of a book, someone from the real world must be read into the same book. The film starring Brendan Fraser received dismal reviews from critics. Though there were never any official plans to turn the movie into a franchise, the rights to all three books in the Inkheart franchise were optioned. After the failure of the first movie, no other Inkheart films have been made.
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Hollywood tried very, very hard to make Alex Pettyfer into a star, starting with his breakout role in Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker. Based on the YA series Alex Rider, about a young teen who is drafted into MI6, the British equivalent of the CIA, this film failed to capture the magic of its source material. Operation Stormbreaker was panned for its lack of originality and unbelievable storyline. No more Alex Rider films were ever made.
I Am Number Four was another attempt to catapult the very blonde and very handsome Alex Pettyfer to stardom. Based on the Lorien Legacies book series, the movie told the story of a group of alien children with special abilities who had been sent to Earth after the destruction of their homeland. The film co-starred Glee actress Dianna Agron. Critics said that the film was cookie-cutter and forgettable and plans were scrapped to expand the series.
Released at the tail end of the vampire craze in 2014, Vampire Academy never spawned the franchise it intended. Despite the fact that it was directed by Mark Waters, the director of Mean Girls, and was written by Daniel Waters, the writer of Heathers, the film was slammed by critics, who thought that it was hokey and poorly acted. Rolling Stone gave it zero out of four stars. At least star Zoey Deutch would go onto find success in Netflix's 2018 romantic comedy Set It Up.
Beautiful Creatures was yet another YA series adaption that failed to stand out in the post-Twilight era. This standard supernatural love story stared Alden Ehrenreich and Australian actress Alice Englert. While the film recieved mixed reviews from critics, it was one of the biggest box office flops of 2013. The Caster Chronicles series on which the film was based is made up of four books total, but another movie based on the series was never made.