30 Movie Franchises That Started But Never Finished
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
The first and only Master and Commander tells the story of a navy captain during the Napoleonic Wars. It’s also based on the first of 20 finished novels from Aubrey Maturin about the character, and so there was a reasonable level of expectation that future novels would be adapted as sequels.
The movie did incredibly well with critics, but according to director Peter Weir, the film didn’t make enough money to justify a sequel. Now that it’s been more than 15 years since the first one was released, it’s safe to say that any potential sequels are pretty much off the table, even though the first one is a genuinely great movie.