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Last week, we asked how soon a studio should wait before rebooting a franchise. This week, we’re going even farther. Some franchises continue to churn out sequels or spin-offs or TV shows of the same property diluting the brand and losing audiences along the way. Sometimes a break is what a property needs in order to reignite interest.
So, the question I ask today is: what franchise needs to be put on ice for a couple decades?
It pains me to say it, but the Wizarding World needs to stop with the Fantastic Beasts series. The prequels to the Harry Potter films just aren’t working. The box office continues to diminish and fans just aren’t interested. The best-case scenario would be for J. K. Rowling to release the last two sequels in the franchise as a set of novels.
But as for the film series, I don’t need a new film until Warner Bros. adapts Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. And that doesn’t need to come out until the 2030s (or later). Even then that stage play will need to be reworked because it is terrible. So yeah, let’s cool it on the Wizarding World films for a while, okay? (Unless you can actually make the films good again.)
So what about you, folks? Which franchise needs a long break before releasing a new film?
I’ll see you in the trenches.