There are sequels…and there are reboots. A sequel creates a new installment while furthering the franchise. A reboot on the other hand, reinvigorates the franchise, excites the audience and can subsequently ignite a new franchise for a whole new generation. There are ways to reboot a franchise and ways not to reboot a franchise. Today we’ll look at some of the most successful franchise reboots in recent memory.
Star Trek is a special case. Originally derived from the TV series, the first iteration of the film franchise began in 1979. The original cast stuck around for 6 movies before the franchise beamed up another cast for an additional 4 films. However, arguably the best installment launched an entirely new cast in 2009. J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek had all the fun and excitement of the original films, plus a ton more gadgetry to appeal to a more advanced generation of Trekkies. 2013’s follow-up, Star Trek Into Darkness, pushed the boundaries of time and space even further. With Benedict Cumberbatch playing the iconic villain, audiences were in for quite the surprise. Stay tuned for third installment coming summer 2016 and get ready to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Carrie was and still is one of the more iconic horror movies of all time. Stephen King’s cult classic took audiences by surprise when Carrie took to the stage in 1976. There was even a sequel made in 1999, The Rage. Eager to quench the thirst of horror-addicts, a brand new Carrie jumped onto the scene in 2013.
With Chloe Grace Moretz playing the famous role and Academy Award winner Julianne Moore playing her mother, Carrie once again delivered all the shock and gore of the original, and then some. With a modern take on the iconic tale, Carrie doesn’t disappoint.
We all know James Bond and Jason Bourne, but the other “J” that belongs in that category is Jack…Jack Ryan.
Based on the novels by Tom Clancey, the Jack Ryan series is one of the most successful action franchises of all time. Previously played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, this time around Jack Ryan was played by none other than Chris Pine. Like Star Trek before it, this franchise inserted our protagonist into our current state of affairs. And like the previous three installments, Jack Ryan was just as well traveled. Directed by Kenneth Branaugh, the films displays top notch action alongside a nonstop thrill-ride.
If you’re looking for some familiarity with additional current twist, these franchise reboots are just what the doctor ordered. Until next time… Live long and prosper.