Hollywood has a strange relationship with fantasy movies. To begin with they were seen as low quality cinema and not given the time, money and effort that they needed to bring them to the screen. But then in the early 2000s two things happened that changed all of that.
In 2001, the first film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy was released, as was Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. These films proved that fantasy movies could be commercial and critical successes and the huge catalogue of fantasy novels gave a ready supply of source material for the studios to draw upon to find their next big blockbuster series.
In the years that followed, all kinds of fantasy novels were turned into movies, both well loved classics and modern hits. But, for many reasons, not all of them were successful. In fact, a huge amount of them flopped and were hated by critics and movie goers and fantasy proved to be one of the hardest genres to bring to the big screen.
Not all of them deserved their fates, though, because some were actually quite good films. Others were hated with good reason. When it comes to those ones, you have to wonder exactly what went wrong and why they failed so badly...