These Movie Franchises Might Be the Next to Get Rebooted
Dormant movie properties have been getting revived left and right these days, from Ghostbusters to Jumanji. Plenty more are in the works for 2018, including Death Wish, Scarface, and Halloween.
But what might come next? Here’s a look at some of the movie franchises that will likely be rebooted soon.
1. Friday the 13th
The Friday the 13th series was one of the most popular horror franchises of the 1980s. But it’s kind of insane how difficult it’s been to revive in modern times. In 2009, New Line Cinema brought Jason back with Friday the 13th, which performed fairly well at the box office.
Everyone expected that a sequel would follow, and New Line did announce one that year. But after the success of micro-budget movies like Paranormal Activity, studios started scaling back on horror, and the sequel stalled. Years later, the Friday the 13th rights moved over to Paramount, and a new movie went into production. This was to be another remake, and it was set for an October 2017 release. However, after the failure of Rings, Paramount canceled the project.
So for now, Jason remains dead. But like in the movies, his return is inevitable, especially after horror had a crazy good year at the box office in 2017. Plus, Jason Blum, the producer of Paranormal Activity who is currently working on the Halloween reboot, has expressed interest in reviving the series. Expect to hear more by the end of 2018, especially if the new Halloween is a hit.
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2. X-Men & Fantastic Four
The X-Men series is living on borrowed time. 20th Century Fox owns the superhero franchise, but now Disney is set to purchase Fox. And Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has expressed interest in bringing the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There’s really no good way of doing that without wiping the slate clean, the same way that Marvel and Sony rebooted Spider-Man so that Peter Parker could enter the MCU. So assuming the Disney/Fox deal does end up going through, it’s safe to expect an X-Men reboot and for Dark Phoenix to be the last in this series.
The X-Men might be introduced in another MCU movie first — just like Spider-Man was introduced in Captain America: Civil War — but then we’ll likely get an individual X-Men film which exists in a brand new continuity. This will be the first time X-Men has been rebooted. Despite having a new cast, the current films are set in the same series that has been going since 2000.
Additionally, it’s safe to assume a Fantastic Four reboot is coming. That’s another property that Fox owns and that Marvel will get in this Disney sale. It’d obviously have no interest in retaining the continuity of the failed 2015 reboot.
Instead, Marvel could be the first ones to actually do a Fantastic Four movie right. So after Marvel potentially teases the characters in another movie first, expect a full-on Fantastic Four reboot in theaters within the next few years.
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3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Kids love the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Since the original animated series began in 1987, the turtles have rarely stayed off the screen for long. While that series was going, three live-action movies were released from 1990 through 1993. Then, one year after the animated series ended, a live-action series began.
That didn’t last long, but five years later, the turtles returned in a new cartoon in 2003. Three years after that one ended, a new one started up in 2012. That most recent one ended in 2017, but Nickelodeon is planning to start a fourth animated series in 2018.
Meanwhile, Paramount has been responsible for the live-action Turtles movies, releasing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 2014 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows in 2016. The first film did pretty well, but the second one was a financial disappointment, only grossing $82 million domestically. It made less money than the original 1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — and that’s not even adjusting for inflation.
In 2016, producer Andrew Form told Collider that he thinks there will be another Turtles movie at some point, but it won’t be a sequel to Out of the Shadows. The Turtles will probably take some time off from the movie screens, but as the passion for them continues to build on TV, a movie reboot will be in theaters before we know it.
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4. Paranormal Activity
The first Paranormal Activity completely changed horror, ushering in an era of extremely low budget, minimalistic movies and allowing Blumhouse to dominate the genre. Initially, it seemed like this might be the modern version of the Friday the 13th or Halloween franchises; Paranormal Activity 2 performed fairly well and then Paranormal Activity 3 was about as big of a hit as the original.
However, audiences began to lose interest. Paranormal Activity 4 made about half as much as its predecessor, and then Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones made even less than that. Finally, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension only made $18 million domestically compared to the original’s $107 million. On its opening weekend, it came in sixth place at the box office.
Since then, the Paranormal Activity series has been in hibernation. But it’s unlikely that Blumhouse will never want to bring it back. In fact, Jason Blum himself has said that he’s open to the idea of a reboot. The franchise would need some serious retooling, especially considering how terrible it got towards the end. But horror franchises have come back from far worse.
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5. Planet of the Apes
20th Century Fox brought back Planet of the Apes in 2011 with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a great prequel that spawned two more installments. War for the Planet of the Apes was the end of that trilogy, wrapping everything up and not leaving a lot of room to continue. Matt Reeves has said that there are ideas for more movies. But War was a box office disappointment; despite being the grand finale, it performed worse than the previous two entries and even worse than the 2001 Tim Burton remake.
At this point, it seems unlikely that we will see a sequel set in the same Reeves series. At the same time, Disney will own Planet of the Apes once the Fox sale goes through. So it’s difficult to imagine that Disney won’t want to do something with this franchise, and the most likely scenario would involve them rebooting it again.
A new Planet of the Apes could take the form of a movie, or it could be some sort of original programming for Disney’s streaming service. Either way, expect to see another reinvention of this series on the horizon.
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Back in September 2015, after the success of Jurassic World, an article appeared in The Hollywood Reporter about Steven Spielberg working with Universal going forward. In the article, there was this crucial bit of information: “[Spielberg] also is key on potential reboots of other Universal franchises such as Jaws and Back to the Future.”
A Back to the Future reboot seems unlikely, though. After all, Robert Zemeckis has repeatedly said that he and screenwriter Bob Gale will make sure it never happens for as long as they live.
But what about Jaws? A reboot of that series is not a far-fetched idea. Jurassic World already brought back a Spielberg “monster movie” series where the original was a masterpiece and the sequels were subpar, and the result was the fourth highest-grossing film in the history of cinema.
Plus, while Back to the Future is essentially a finished story, there are a million directions Jaws could be taken in since that was never as much of an ongoing saga. As long as it’s still in vogue to bring back old nostalgic movie franchises, don’t count Jaws out just yet.
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7. Indiana Jones
When Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, they didn’t just get Star Wars. They also got Indiana Jones, which a lot of people forget Lucasfilm produced. Almost immediately, Disney started making plans to bring back Indiana Jones, though they decided to do so with a proper sequel. Indiana Jones 5 is currently scheduled for 2020, with Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg returning.
But what comes after that? Harrison Ford is 75, and he presumably can’t do this for much longer. At the same time, there’s little chance that Disney will just let the Indiana Jones franchise go.
So after Indiana Jones 5, it’s safe to expect that there will be a reboot, with a younger actor playing the character. This could be something that’s set up within Indiana Jones 5, or that movie could just close out the existing series and then a separate one could start up years later. Either way, 2020 probably will not be the last we see of Indy.
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8. Lethal Weapon
It’s now been 20 years since the last Lethal Weapon movie was released. In recent years, there has been talk of bringing the franchise back for a fifth installment with Mel Gibson and Danny Glover returning.
Fox has actually already rebooted the franchise a TV series, which has been fairly successful and is in its second season. This has revitalized interest in the movie franchise and has made fans want to see the original Riggs and Murtaugh come back one more time.
In 2017, Mel Gibson said that a fifth Lethal Weapon could happen, although nothing is currently in the works. If not, the previous rumor was that there was going to be a rebooted movie with Chris Hemsworth. Either way, it would be surprising if we never saw Lethal Weapon back on the big screen again.
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9. Harry Potter
Sure, we already have a Harry Potter spinoff series going with Fantastic Beasts. But at this point, it seems inevitable that the original Harry Potter books will be re-adapted at in the future.
Most fans see this as happening not as new movies but as a TV series. Like Game of Thrones, each season could focus on one book. The show could, therefore, have much more time to get to everything that the movies could not squeeze in. HBO itself could even be the ones to do it since they currently have the streaming rights to the movies.
Especially now that Amazon is making a Lord of the Rings TV show, a Harry Potter series doesn’t seem so impossible.
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10. The Last Starfighter
The Last Starfighter has such a cool concept that it’s shocking that no one has ever revisited it. In this 1984 movie, a teenager obsessed with video games is transported to another planet, where he must use his game knowledge to fight against actual alien invaders. Now that video-game inspired movies are much more popular — and considering how far special effects have advanced since the original — the movie is prime for a remake.
Apparently, everyone from Seth Rogen to Steven Spielberg has expressed interest in remaking The Last Starfighter. But nobody has been able to get the rights — yes, not even Spielberg. Slashfilm reported in 2014 that the writer of the original movie, Jonathan R. Betuel, owns the rights and doesn’t want to do anything with the property.
He must have changed his mind, though, because as the next year, he began developing a Last Starfighter TV series. That never ended up happening, but it was a promising sign that we could see more Last Starfighter in the future.
At this point, then, a movie seems like it could really happen, especially if Ready Player One is a box office success.
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