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5 Disgraced Movie Franchises That Redeemed Themselves (And 5 That Didn't)

Iron Man 3 No one ever said making movies was easy. Some people are better at it than others. But even being good at what you do is never a guarantee of success. Take Michael Cimino, for example. In 1978, he would release The Deer Hunter, a film that would be so highly regarded that over 30 years after its release, it would still be considered one of the greatest films of all time. Compare that just two years later with his follow-up Heaven's Gate, a turn-of-the-century war epic that failed so miserably it would destroy an entire film studio in the process. For many in the film industry, each film represents a certain ratio of risk versus reward. Each film is a risk to release. Some properties represent greater risk, that's true, but even established properties run the risk of failure, either critically or financially (or both). Still, most of the most financially successful movies are from established properties like Star Wars or Harry Potter. It only makes sense that a studio would want to try to make as much money off of them as possible. But even a new Star Wars movie can't promise a golden fleece. Problems can happen to any film. Directors can go over budget. Scripts can be written and rewritten dozens of times. Maybe communication breaks down between the cast and crew. Or maybe the director decides to drown the extras. Who knows? But even when the stars align perfectly for a series such as James Bond, it's no surprising that sometimes there are hits and sometimes there are misses. Join us as we take a look at 5 disgraced movie franchises that managed to redeem themselves, and 5 that weren't so lucky...
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Aaron J. Marko is a literary magnate living in Canada. He is currently working on The Great American Novel about teenage orange salesmen in California. Do not add me to Google+. You will regret it. Available for birthday parties and bar mitzvahs.