Classic Movies That Would Have Started A Franchise If Made Today

With films today, many create sequels, if not franchises – think of the Guardians of the Galaxy and The Hunger Games. Even films that were not massively successful still have a sequel; as long as they make a profit, directors will make another one (or remake one) – there’s even a Now You See Me 3 on its way!

It makes you think; if classic movies of old which never got sequels were released in today’s Hollywood, would they have had their own franchises? Here is a list of films that may have had franchises if they were made today.

The Goonies (1985)

This was one of the greatest adventure movies of the 80’s, perhaps ever, and it’s amazing that a sequel was never created. Today, it more than likely would have had at least two if not three films! With a large fan base and bringing audiences some truly great characters, we can still hope a sequel might happen.

E.T The Extra Terrestrial (1982)

Back during its release, this was the most successful movie ever made and cemented Steven Spielberg as the king of directors. Although the film had a perfect ending, it’s still surprising that it didn’t have a sequel. Spielberg did write a treatment for a second instalment, however, titled ET II: Nocturnal Fears. The premise was that Elliott and his friends get kidnapped by evil aliens, and they attempt to contact ET for help. Spielberg later decided against it, but if this film was made today, there’s a large chance it would have had a sequel.

All Disney Movies

It’s quite surprising Disney didn’t attempt to make more sequels in the past and, although many of their classic films were based on well-known stories, there’s no reason they couldn’t have made a follow-up. Huge films like Aladdin and The Lion King did get sequels, but they tended to be straight-to-video and hardly had any of the originals’ budget.

It wasn’t until Pixar’s Toy Story 2 release that Disney reacted and we are now getting a Frozen 2.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

This film was a huge success upon its release, making £390 million at the box office from a budget of only £50 million. It even included the epic and long-standing number one soundtrack by Bryan Adams ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It for You’. The movie also included an all-star cast that included Kevin Costner and the late Alan Rickman, so it’s truly astounding that a sequel never followed.

These films really are true classics that have been brought to our screens over the years. If you’ve got some old films that you would like to transfer to DVD, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Video2DVD Transfers today and we will be happy to help make this a reality.