10 Movies Based On Children’s Media That Failed To Start A Franchise – Collider | Dauktion

Books have been made into films since the dawn of cinema. It makes sense: often these books have an established following and the stories are already written out, so less time is spent writing them. After the rise of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings Movie Franchises In 2001, production companies began looking for a book series that could launch a new franchise.

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Some books had limited film success at the time, such as The chronicles of Narnia and Percy Jackson, but mostly they failed after one movie. Interestingly, you can tell the producers were sure of their success because many of these films had cliffhanger endings.


Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

When a fire destroys their home and kills their parents, the Baudelaire children are sent to live with their closest relative, the oddball actor Count Olaf. He tasks the children with household chores and makes it clear that he only cares about obtaining their family fortune. After trying to kill the children, they are sent to other family members, but Olaf is hot on their heels.

This adaptation combines the events of the first three A chain of unfortunate events books, and it manages to cover the important events. Jim Carey offers a funny and eccentric performance as Olaf, although he can come across as more likable than his book counterpart. While Paramount Pictures couldn’t produce a sequel, Netflix has released its own adaptation.

‘Eragon’ (2006)

Pursued by the servants of an evil king, an elf girl teleports a blue stone to safety using magic. It is found by a farm boy named Eragon and soon hatches into a blue dragon. When the king’s servants kill Eragon’s family in search of the egg, he and his dragon Saphira join a band of rebels.

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Despite its commercial success Eragon was gutted by critics and fans of the books. The CGI and Jeremy Eisen as a mentor were praised, while many of the other actors and the script were decried as unfaithful or just plain bad. This put an end to any plans for a sequel, although the film ends on a cliffhanger.

“The Golden Compass” (2007)

After Lyra Belaqua overhears her uncle talking about a mysterious particle called Dust, she wants to travel north with him, but is denied. Her wish comes true when a mysterious woman takes a liking to Lyra and brings her along as her assistant. However, Lyra discovers that she is involved in a plot to kidnap children and sever her ties with Dust.

Despite the strong cast, incl Sam NeilDaniel Craig and Sir Ian McKellen,The film fails to distance itself from the controversy Phillip Pullmans’ Books. The story deals with killing God, which offends many religious groups, and not every child survives to the end. Unfortunately, by removing these themes and dark moments from the film, it became another generic fantasy adventure film, but with polar bears.

‘Inkheart’ (2008)

Mo Folchart discovers that he is a silvertongue: a person who can translate fictional characters and objects into reality; world when reading from a book. Unfortunately, his wife gets sucked into the book, so he spends the next nine years looking for another copy. Meanwhile, the villains from the book find that they like living in the real world and attempt to capture Mo and his family in order to steal all of the fiction’s treasures.

The film was a box office bomb upon its release, killing all possible sequels. It’s easy to see why: the film follows almost every fantasy film cliché that rides on the coattails of the Harry Potter Franchise. Perhaps the film could have worked with a strong cast, but it’s the only one with that kind of charisma Andy Serkis as a villain.

“The Spiderwick Chronicles” (2008)

Helen Grace and her three children are spending time at their family home after Helen and her husband divorced. Her son Jared finds a book by Aurthur Spiderwick in the house, which describes a hidden world of magical creatures. However, this alarms a shape-shifting ogre who wants to claim the book for himself.

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At first it didn’t seem so The Spiderwick Chronicles would have a sequel as the film covers the events of all the books. However, a year before the release of the film, authors Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi released Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, and the film was a modest success. A sequel probably didn’t materialize due to some restructuring going on at Paramount Pictures at the time.

‘Dragon of Autumn Dawn’ (2009)

On the plane of Krynn, the gods have remained silent for generations, denying the world healing magic. Until, after years of being away, a group of friends meet and find a co-worker who can heal. Along with the staff’s owner, they set off to uncover the truth of the situation as armies of dragons gather for conquest.

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Despite being based on the first of three famous Dungeon and Dragons novels, the film fails to entertain old and new fans alike. Huge portions of the book were truncated due to time constraints, resulting in lean character development and a rushed story. The animation is also atrocious, combining stiff and awkward character designs with awkward CGI.

‘Legend of the Wardens: The Owls of Ga’Hoole’ (2010)

Soren is a young barn owl who loves stories about the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, owl knights fighting the forces of evil. When he and his brother fall from their nest, they are kidnapped by owls called Pure Ones, who raise an army. While his brother stays, Soren flees and tries to find the Guardians.

While the CGI for the owls and the flight scenes look wonderful, and the film has a good Owl City exclusive song, it failed to wow audiences. The story is a standard adventure fantasy with a few dark moments but doesn’t go beyond the box. It also condenses several books into one film, resulting in a simplified story and a rushed introduction to the characters.

‘Rise of the Wardens’ (2012)

Based on the children’s books by William Joyce, The film follows Jack Frost as he is recruited by the childhood guardians including Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and the Sandman. They inform Jack of the deeds of the boogeyman Pitch Black, who plans to envelop the world in darkness and fear. While trying to stop Pitch, Jack also wants to know his origins and why he has his ice powers.

While the story can be a bit hit-and-miss at points, overall it’s a solid film with some of DreamWorks’ best visuals. Each of the holiday worlds is insanely creative, ranging from hummingbird-themed tooth fairies to black-sand evil nightmares shaped like horses. Unfortunately, while Joyce held talks about a sequel after the film’s release, it never materialized.

“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” (2016)

A little boy named Jake listens to his grandfather’s stories about a school for weird kids who were born with special powers. After his grandfather is killed and his eyes removed, Jake goes to the ruins of the school and discovers the children stuck in a time warp that takes them to 1943. This is to protect them from the outside world and monsters called Hollows that eat peculiar children.

directorTim Burton brings his usual macabre tone and gritty imagery to this story, giving it a distinctive look and feel compared to other young adult film adaptations. However, the story gets convoluted thanks to its time warp plot and the characters are very flat. Also, the Hollows’ spooky design loses its power the more we see them, to the point where they become almost comical in the film’s climax.

‘Artemis Fowl’ (2020)

Artemis Fowl Jr. is an Irish prodigy who lives with his father Artemis Sr. One day, his father is kidnapped by a mysterious figure who demands that Artemis deliver a magical item that his father is said to have stolen. This quest takes Artemis and the family butler to a hidden world full of fairies and magic.

production of a Artemis FowlFranchises date back to 2001, but despite all that time, the film still failed to entertain. Along with lackluster CGI and boring characters, the film makes many deviations from the original books that weaken the story. This includes changing the character of Artemis to be more heroic than his book counterpart, who can be quite villainous at times.

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