Most Craved | Why Do Movie Franchises Succeed or Bomb?

Franchises make the world go around, and not just the world of entertainment. It seems today that everyone has their favorite movie and TV series, which they will defend damn near to the death. But that doesn’t mean that every franchise will last forever, so what is it, exactly, that makes one franchise a hit and another one a box office bomb?

This week, Most Craved tackles that very topic! Your hosts Silas Lesnick (Coming Soon) and Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia) are here to consider why exactly Jem and the Holograms turned into an epic fail, and whether the upcoming Warcraft movie has what it takes to reach mainstream audiences who aren’t already fans of the blockbuster video game. Will it be one of the next big movie franchises, or just another ambitious failure?

Along they way, Silas and Jenna point out some of the most ambitious franchise fails in history (John Carter, anyone?), and why films like Avatar were somehow able to capture the public imagination despite not having an existing toe hold in the collective consciousness.

And yes, they’ll also talk about Star Wars, because everyone has to talk about Star Wars. It seems like Star Wars: The Force Awakens will jump start the beloved series, but there was a time when Star Wars wasn’t the world devouring series that it is today. Will Star Wars always be one of the world’s biggest movie franchises, or will it one day fall by the wayside like so many hit series before it?

Previously: Most Craved | New Star Trek, New James Bond, New Genders

All this and how the current Hollywood franchise mentality is now hitting the small screen, for better or worse, awaits you in this week’s Most Craved! Follow the show on Twitter at @MostCraved to keep the conversation going all week long, and come back next week for another all-new installment where we tackle the biggest issues in show business.

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William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on The B-Movies Podcast and watch him on the weekly YouTube series Most Craved and What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.