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"Hollywood stares into the Abyss"

Nolte: As Golden Goose Franchises Falter, Hollywood Stares into the Abyss

Even though the film industry will close 2018 with record box office receipts, that might not necessarily mean more people wentto the movies. Nevertheless, a win is a win is a win, and Hollywood will celebrate that win. But 2018 might be remembered as a perfect storm that will be difficult to repeat.

Thus far, all but one of 2018’s top-ten hits is either a sequel, part of an ongoing franchise, or both. And other than Solo: A Star Wars Story, every single title is part of a franchise that still appears to be healthy: Marvel, Jurassic World, Mission: Impossible, etc.

Next year does not look anywhere near as exciting. Oh, there will be some monster hits. The fourth and final chapter of the Avengers series, It: Chapter 2, The Fast and Furiousspinoff, Spider-Man: Far From Home, The final chapter of the latest Star Wars trilogy, Disney’s live-action Lion King, Toy Story 4 — These titles are all golden geese, but three of those golden geese are dying.

It: Chapter 2 is it.

The end of this Star Wars trilogy marks the end of Skywalker saga, the end of any connection to the original trilogy — meaning no more Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, or Princess Leia.

So what is next for the movie biz?

As far as the Avengers franchise goes, after a decade of box office perfection, let’s assume Marvel will not miss a step. With the loss of their anchors — Ironman, Captain America, and Thor — it will be interesting to see if Captain Marvel’s gender switch can pick up the slack. But Black Panther is going to make up for a lot.

Other franchises that still appear to be healthy include Mission: Impossible, Jurassic Word, Deadpool, The Purge, Conjuring, and James Bond. The surprise success of Venom,combined with Sony’s wise decision to bring Marvel on board to rescue Spider-Man, tells us the ongoing Spidey-Verse is off to a promising start

But a whole lot of other golden geese franchises are faltering, ended, or have outright collapsed.

Dead or dying franchises of the last five years include: Pirates of the Caribbean, Alien, Planet of the Apes, Jason Bourne, Jack Ryan, Saw, Resident Evil, 21 Jump Street, Divergent, Hunger Games, Fifty Shades, Sherlock Holmes, Terminator, How to Train Your Dragon, Predator, Wolverine, Muppets, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Hobbit, Men In Black, Alice in Wonderland, Paranormal Activity, and Universal’s monster universe — which exploded on takeoff with the Mummy.

Up and coming franchises are few and far between: Jumanji, Mary Poppins, Avatar, Halloween, Crazy Rich Asians, and Disney turning its animated classics into live-action films

In other words, look at the corner the film industry has painted itself into by relying solely on three genres: Hugely expensive CGI extravaganzas, fairly expensive animated children’s movies, and cheap horror.


Cletus Servetus  6 days ago

Hollywood has been out of original ideas for probably 15 years. Nothing but comics and poor reboots of previous hits. That and political correctness is killing them.

FirstLast1  Schrödinger's cat  5 days ago

China opened its market to Hollywood because they know that Hollywood is the biggest fundraiser for the democratic party. The democratic party has never stood up to China because their biggest fundraiser and cultural influencer has been paid off by the Chinese government. The Chinese government actually hates American films and would prefer not to have them if not for the influence that Hollywood has over the democratic party.

    Dalton  FirstLast1  5 days ago

    Let’s see ... you mean Communist Red China loves Bolshevik Communist Demonrats? There’s a surprise ... who else loves Communist Red China? The California Tech Giants ... yes, it all fits together.
    Hollywood is total dog shiit... tattooed low talent totally forgettable actors in stupid demonic movies and SJW Agenda films ... all of it sucks

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