The problem is that none of them but Lethal Weapon (I think) are complete with all of the films counted in a given Franchise. Personally I think it silly to start that chart unless more of them are done. Of course that is only my opinion. If the board feels differently than I'm open to the idea. I just would like to get more of them competed first.
A media franchise is an intellectual property involving the characters or setting of an original film, video game, or work of literature. Generally a whole series of films, video games, and/or books is made, along with merchandising and endorsements. Multiple sequels are often planned well in advance and, in the case of motion pictures, actors and directors often sign multi-film deals to ensure their participation.
Some media franchises are accidental, such as the Ma and Pa Kettle series of films (the title characters of which broke out of the 1947 film The Egg and I), and some are pre-planned, such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The most profitable film franchises include Star Wars, James Bond, Harry Potter, and The Lord of the Rings. - Media franchise @ Wikipedia
I will gladly do every james bond film, being that i own most of them, and the 2 unofficial ones and the tv movie
i just want finals week to be over...
until then i will just do the 16 plus horror movies i bought off of ebay last week
also i think the whole franchise thing would cause more argument in our little happy community, like with the sin city thing, being that some films are official/non official, remakes, sequals etc etc etc
with the james bond movies you have the 20 odd or so official MGM Eon productions, then your have the unofficial Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again which is a remake of thunderball, and then you have the BBC 1 tv movie Casino Royale and it just gets shitty
or night of the living dead
you have NOTLD, then you have dawn of the dead, then day of the dead, then land of the dead, however do we count all 3 of the Return of the Living Dead movies, having been partially serious and the 2 direct to DVD ROTLD movies which were total jokes, along with the Savini directed NOTLD remake and the Dawn of the Dead remake, do we count these as part of the franchise?
and even more, what about seperate movies that feature the same character? do those count as franchises? Examples are the Vega brothers from reservoir dogs and pulp fiction, the sheriff from dusk til dawn who shows up in kill bill. Do we count these?
Making a franchise category would be bad, and should only be done for the huge franchises that have 3 or more movies(terminator, el mariachi, LOTR, james bond, friday the 13th, maybe even batman/superman)
With the Romero series, Night (1968), Dawn (1978), Day (1985) and Land (2005) would be the franchise. I'd presume remakes do not belong in franchises. And just because completely different movies feature the same character does not make them part of a franchise, so Tarantino/Kevin Smith's love of putting the same characters in different films probably wouldn't count.
if remakes dont count, if we do bond, what about casino royale and never say never again, on the case of tv movies, there are several tv/hbo movies that are notable(several of woo's) so i will be doing those, it really has nothing to do with franchises but i wanted to add that
I dont mean it like TV films, you totally took it literally. Some films are made for cable and released on video with a rating(once a thief remake, blackjack) or the pilots are released on video with ratings, so they dont deserve their own category
I presume Jen is talking about telemovies/miniseries, while Dave is talking about Direct-to-TV movies (similar to Direct-to-video). Surely we don't count TV miniseries, but we have to count actual films that start on TV before they get a video release.
New Franchise pages... (besides the ones I created with recent pages...Fantasitc Four, Pirates...). I'm holding off for now on older pages that only have one film currently on the site. I'll just wait for other films in that series (Matirx...)