These days, it’s not enough to adapt the latest comic book phenomenon, or find a way of turning an amusement ride, a video game or a toy into a movie franchise.
In its endless search to avoid having to green-light an original script, Hollywood has now reared back to munch on its own tail, returning to venerable movie franchises of decades past to add all-new instalments. In recent years we’ve had revivals for the Indiana Jones movies, a new Jurassic Park flick, and a new Star Wars slate of films set in stone into 2020 and beyond. We’ve had a fresh take on Mad Max and Rocky - and we’ve got revisitations to Ghostbusters and Blade Runner coming up. Where does it all end?
If I have anything to do with it, right here and now: if we’re gonna do this, let’s do it properly. I’ve scoured the cinematic graveyard of the last thirty or forty years to find the deceased movie franchises that could actually benefit from a new instalment.
Whether it’s because we still need closure, or whether it’s because there are loose ends to tie up; whether it’s because they didn’t end quite as they should have, or because there’s room for new growth; here are ten of the most deserving film franchises of yesteryear, ready to be dug up, dusted off, plugged into the mains and resurrected.