The coolness of movies having their ensuing sequels is well-known. We all love longing for that upcoming movie sequel, immaterial if we have to wait for one year, two years or furthermore. Tables do turn sometimes when the gap widens between expectations and reality when we find the movie sequels lacking the penchant they possessed in their predecessors. May be it is because our perceptions are ever-changing or because we’re expecting a lot too much from movie sequels.
As we all know that there have been some great movie franchises which raised the bar of how sequels should be made, few of them just failed miserably, both in terms of their popularity as well as the impact. Even though these movies may have done great at the box office, they could have done even better as a TV series due to factors such as the smaller scale, more concentrated budget, better scope for improvisations and better and more talent coming in as a part of involvement in smaller, niche roles. Because of reasons unknown, many such movie franchises remain as is, successful or otherwise, and till date, there are no plans to chalk them out as a TV series. So, here goes, the list of movie franchises that would have worked better as TV series, as opposed to their existing formats.
1. The Hunger Games (2012-2015)
I completely understand that ‘The Hunger Games’ has been a hot favorite for many of us, but let’s consider the fact that the box office gross collection of the concluding installment was approximately 60% of the first. Like $140 million less. What adds to the rancor is that there were umpteen redundancies and monotonicities in the concluding sequels, which I believe, could’ve been eliminated to an extent if it were filmed as a TV series. Or probably would’ve lost in the length of the series
The first and the second installments were really impressive year-on-year releases, comprising some wonderful visuals and brilliant performances (especially that of Jennifer Lawrence). And as far as the intro goes, these two nailed it.
The final two installments lacked the charm and the intensity to finish off the movie in style. Rather, they constantly reminded us that we were, in fact, watching a movie, not living it. The story was too bland to be split into two, though it could have been made just as one. Regardless, towards the fag end, everything was somewhat satisfactory and way too predictable.