Film Surf Report: Franchise Fatigue? Get Over It, Audiences! Hollywood’s Got More On The Way


Santa Monica, CA — Whether audiences are tired of all these Sequels, Super Heroes or Continuations of Franchises, Hollywood’s got more on the way.  Think of it as:  Sequels Or Bust!

For the rest of 2015,  we’ve still got to look forward to Mission Impossible 5: Rogue Nation, the re-boot of Fantastic Four, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, SPECTRE, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

That’s four out of five guaranteed box office hits.  Sorry, Fantastic Four.  It’s just too damn soon.

Clearly, Fox didn’t learn Sony’s lesson when burned by too many Spider-Man movies.  Andrew Garfield re-booted Tobey Maguire way too soon, but that’s not his fault.

Interestingly, Sony is quite under-represented in 2016 as compared to the other Majors.  SPECTRE will just have to tide them over.  I predict a record box office performance from 007.

Make no mistake, Filmgoers, the major studios are in the Franchise Game.  Academy Awards, be damned.


Next year, 2016, is even more loaded with Event Movies with two or more rolling out every month (January, June, and September are still available, tho):

  • Feb. 12th        Deadpool                                                                     (Fox/Marvel)
  • March 25th    Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice      (WB/DC Comics)
  • April 22nd      The Huntsman                                                             (Universal)
  • May 3rd          Captain America: Civil War                              (Disney/Marvel)
  • May 27th        X-Men: Apocalypse                                                (Fox/Marvel)
  • July 22nd       Star Trek: Beyond                                                 (Paramount)
  • July 22nd      Lady Ghostbusters                                               (Sony)
  • July 29th       The Bourne Ultimate Identity                           (Universal)
  • TBD                Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2                       (Paramount)
  • Aug. 5th         Suicide Squad                                                         (WB/DC Comics)
  • Oct. 7th          X-Men: Gambit                                                      (Fox/Marvel)
  • Nov. 4th        Doctor Strange                                                       (Disney/Marvel)
  • Nov 18th       Fantastic Beasts & Where To Find Them     (WB)
  • Dec. 16th      Star Wars: Rogue One                                         (Disney)
  • Dec. 25th      Avatar 2                                                                       (Fox)


As for 2017, well, let’s just say, there’s more to follow, for better or for worse.  Stay tuned!

Next Up:  Fall TV Lineup Looks Promising

About Surfing Hollywood

Steve La Rue is an internationally recognized leader in Film & Television with 20+ years experience as a Development Executive championing such series as Buffy The Vampire Slayer, The X-Files, The Simpsons, King of the Hill, Battlestar Galactica, and Farscape. He writes, blogs, and consults on All Things Entertainment from his home at the beach in Santa Monica, CA, where he balances his life by surfing every damn day.
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