All movie franchises jump the shark eventually. There’s nothing that you can do about it. If you have that many movies, they’re going to get bad at some point, especially if there was really no reason for a movie to turn into a franchise in the first place. We all know that with television series, even with really good television series, there are going to be some seasons that are just terrible.
It’s the same for movie series, except it seems to happen a lot faster. I mean, movies are basically two television episodes strung into one. You don’t get the leeway that you get in a television series, where a season is still going to have between thirteen and twenty-two episodes. You don’t have the same margin for error and you have to make sure that everything that you do is good right away.
I think we can all agree by now that the Pirates of the Caribbean series has jumped the shark, for instance. Frankly, I think that the series jumped the shark ten years ago or so when the second movie came out following the surprising success of the first film. However, the shark jumping of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies has really only increased more and more. Audiences still keep on lapping them up, though, so Hollywood keeps on making them.
We’re getting another one. You know the one: Johnny Depp wasn’t even in the trailer, now that people know that he’s a domestic abuser. Hopefully, this movie is going to bomb and people can get on with their lives without a pirate movie franchise from the early 2000’s that went on far longer than it should have. They should have just given Jack Sparrow the keys to immortality and left us all alone after the film with the mermaids. I did like the mermaids.
These days, it’s getting harder and harder to point to movie franchises that jumped the shark because almost everything today is an adaptation of something. If the books jumped the shark, the movies jumped the shark. There’s also the fact that Hollywood keeps coming out with all of these remakes. The remakes usually attempt to start their own franchises. However, if the first movie is already really bad, you can’t really say that the franchise jumped the shark. You can’t jump the shark in the first minute of a franchise, not even if you’re George Lucas.
Star Wars is weird in that it jumped the shark with the prequels, and now, with the sequel series, it has finally returned to form. We really do have to thank Disney for that, I guess. Star Wars at least shows us all that it is possible for a movie franchise to come back from the shark, so to speak. However, some people would just say that the new Star Wars movies represent different franchises anyway.