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Old 07-09-2013, 17:52
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I watched Romancing The Stone last night and am going to watch the sequel Jewel Of The Nile as well. It set me thinking why their was never a third film as both seemed successful. It got me thinking about films that had a sequel but never had any further sequels. sometimes because the sequel may have killed the franchise off because it was so awful and sometimes perhaps they couldnt get the cast back together. So what potential film franchise can you think of that never made it to a third film? I will start with:-

Romancing The Stone
Ghostbusters
Speed
National Treasure
French connection
Under Siege
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Old 07-09-2013, 17:55
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Old 07-09-2013, 18:22
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Old 07-09-2013, 18:24
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Old 07-09-2013, 18:56
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Old 07-09-2013, 18:59
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Firstly, the likes of 3, 4 etc were never part of the greater plan - just the one sequel and that's enough.

Secondly, the sequel didn't quite do the same business as the first and the law of diminishing returns would thus apply. That or it bombed completely (Speed 2, for instance).
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Old 07-09-2013, 19:47
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The idea of a Franchise is a pretty recent invention, certainly in the 70s and 80s the concept didn't exist and the idea of milking a cash cow forever wasn't there. You'll probably find with most examples you can think of one of three things happened :-

The stars because too expensive (Romancing the Stone)
The sequel bombed (Speed)
The rights went all over the place (Conan)

Effectively there was a third Conan film with Arnie, except the character wasn't called Conan (IIRC the character wasn't named at all) in Red Sonya.

Just checked Wiki and it says the Conan character is called Lord Kalidor, don't recall that name being used in the film, maybe it was, idk but it was definately Conan in all but name.
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Old 07-09-2013, 20:23
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The idea of a Franchise is a pretty recent invention, certainly in the 70s and 80s the concept didn't exist and the idea of milking a cash cow forever wasn't there.
The idea of the franchise existed long before the 70s. The Doctor Crime films, the Hammer horrors, the various Sherlock Holmes movie series, the Carry Ons, James Bond,...
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Old 07-09-2013, 21:15
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^ True . Nowt new in franchises.

..The Pink Panther, Abott and Costello, The Thin Man, The Road to....

And there's surely more.
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Old 07-09-2013, 21:34
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Gremlins
Bill & Ted
The third one is being made right now.
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Old 07-09-2013, 21:46
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The third one is being made right now.
Really?
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Old 07-09-2013, 22:54
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Yeah the cast has signed on and they are working on the script right now. It is still going ahead as of August 2013.
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Old 07-09-2013, 23:27
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The third one is being made right now.
That scares the shit out of me. Bill and Ted were more meaningful to me than Star Wars and I feel my adolescence being raped.
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Old 07-09-2013, 23:28
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The idea of the franchise existed long before the 70s. The Doctor Crime films, the Hammer horrors, the various Sherlock Holmes movie series, the Carry Ons, James Bond,...
No it didn't, the idea of sequels or repeats might well have existed but the idea of a Franchise did not.
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Old 07-09-2013, 23:40
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No it didn't, the idea of sequels or repeats might well have existed but the idea of a Franchise did not.
If so, is there a point in differentiating?
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Old 08-09-2013, 00:15
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If so, is there a point in differentiating?
Yes, there is, a Franchise has ideas going into the future a sequel is "whatever you can get"
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Old 08-09-2013, 01:32
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Yes, there is, a Franchise has ideas going into the future a sequel is "whatever you can get"
I may be wrong here, but, IIRC, film franchising boils down to the ownership/trademark of the property (i.e. the studio*) and how they go about licensing it. Your rather vague 'ideas going into the future' is just a factor regarding content, and not really a necessity that determines a franchise.

* Mission: Impossible is Paramount's franchise, for instance, with each sequel a seperate interpretation of the M:I ethos.
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Old 08-09-2013, 08:32
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Yes, there is, a Franchise has ideas going into the future a sequel is "whatever you can get"
What are you taking about? Star Trek, for example, has never had ideas going into the future. Same with Indiana Jones or Alien. Are those not franchises? You seem to be suggesting that a series of films can't be a franchise unless continuity has been planned out or considered in advance.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:00
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Remo : Unarmed and Dangerous.

Made in 1985 by Bond director Lewis Hamilton, and based on a series of books called The Destroyer, this was expected to spawn a series of movies based on the books.

However, it simply did not perform at the box office, so it never happened.

I actually quite liked the film. Fred Ward stars as a cop who is 'killed' and brought back to life by a covert organisation who enlist the help of Joel Grey's Korean martial arts master Chuin, to teach him unique skills and fighting techniques to fight crime.

There is a strong element of Karate Kid in the movie, with Chuin playing Mr Miyagi to Wards na´ve cop.

It had some good set pieces, notably a fight on scaffolding around the statue of liberty, and some witty dialogue between Ward and the excellent Joel Grey. It's probably fair to say the character of Chuin is heavily stereotyped, but then again the movie is tongue in cheek.

In the US the movie was even called Remo Williams : The Adventure Begins, in anticipation of further sequels.

I also wonder if perhaps Ward and Grey may not have been big enough box office draws for the movie to have pulled enough punters in.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:02
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Remo : Unarmed and Dangerous.

Made in 1985 by Bond director Lewis Hamilton, and based on a series of books called The Destroyer, this was expected to spawn a series of movies based on the books.

However, it simply did not perform at the box office, so it never happened.

I actually quite liked the film. Fred Ward stars as a cop who is 'killed' and brought back to life by a covert organisation who enlist the help of Joel Grey's Korean martial arts master Chuin, to teach him unique skills and fighting techniques to fight crime.

There is a strong element of Karate Kid in the movie, with Chuin playing Mr Miyagi to Wards na´ve cop.

It had some good set pieces, notably a fight on scaffolding around the statue of liberty, and some witty dialogue between Ward and the excellent Joel Grey. It's probably fair to say the character of Chuin is heavily stereotyped, but then again the movie is tongue in cheek.

In the US the movie was even called Remo Williams : The Adventure Begins, in anticipation of further sequels.

I also wonder if perhaps Ward and Grey may not have been big enough box office draws for the movie to have pulled enough punters in.
So what was the sequel to this film? This thread is about films that only had one sequel. This Remo film didnt have a sequel at all!
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:16
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So what was the sequel to this film? This thread is about films that only had one sequel. This Remo film didnt have a sequel at all!

OK, technically it does not qualify as per the thread title, but I still thought it was worth mentioning, as it was clearly a film designed to spawn sequels which never materialised.
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Old 08-09-2013, 10:32
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The Hustler - The Color of Money (Long gap between films)

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Clerks - Clerks II (Could yet be a third one)
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Old 08-09-2013, 11:07
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Yes, there is, a Franchise has ideas going into the future a sequel is "whatever you can get"
If you're going to apply the term 'franchise' to the film industry, your definition makes no sense. A franchise, by definition, is when you license your intellectual property to someone else to run as their own business and develop their own ideas, whilst sticking to the format laid down by the original, therefore it more closely matches the idea of getting whatever you can from your ideas. Bond, Trek, Wars, Alien are all film franchises. In theory, they can run indefinitely, being passed from studio to studio. A true sequel carries on where the previous film(s) left off, so the makers generally know where the series is heading in the future.
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Old 08-09-2013, 12:08
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Just thought of another one.

Bad Boys

It was eight years before the sequel got made. Im sure it was meant to be made just two or three years after the first one. Really surprised there hasn't been a third film. I suppose Michael Bay has been too engrossed in making Transformers films.
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Old 08-09-2013, 13:32
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