When a beloved book series gets the big screen treatment, it is easy to quickly get excited. Picturing your dream cast and wondering how they’ll possibly be able to put every important deal into the movies take over your mind and you start to countdown the
days, months, years until you will finally see your favorite characters come to life. When it’s finally time for it to release in theaters, there’s nothing better than waiting in line with dozens of other fans discussing how you think the movie will compare to the books, even thogh you always know the book will be better. Thankfully, a majority of YA movie adaptions recently have been pretty spot-on and have been widely accepted by the fans like The Hunger Games. But not all get the same acceptance and praise.
With tons of awesome movies slated for a release next year and some that we’ve been waiting for what feels like years, movie adaptions are highly anticipated. There are the few that failed to deliver to the expectations that were set and unfortuntael ended before their story was finished being told. Some franchises were even given two, three or even four movies before it was ddecided to stop releasing new movies. Whether it was because there was a lack of interest from the audience or there was a disgreement during production, we rounded up all the movie franchises that were given more than one movie but never finished.
In a not-so-shocking turn of events, plans for the final film in the Divergent series were recently revealed and they're NOT good.
Originally, Ascendant (the adaptation of the second half of Veronica Roth's Allegiant book) was scheduled to start shooting this summer. However, after Allegiant's disappointing time at the box office, the movie is never going to hit theaters. Instead, Lionsgate is planning to release a television edition of the flick, though, it may not feature the OG cast. Stay tuned!
Percy Jackson & the Olympians
After obsessing over the adventure fiction pentology written by Rick Riordan in 2005, it seemed obvious to turn the story of heroic demigods into a movie. In 2010, we were given an adaption of the first book, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Theif starring mega-hottie Logan Lerman. Unfortunately, the movie was poorly received and did not reach expectations. The franchise was given a second shot of life through Percy Jackson & the Olympians: Sea of Monsters, which is was, and will be, the last addition to the franchise. As much as they tried to make the movie as exciting as fans wanted, it just wasn't able to deliver.
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The Chronicles of Narnia
The beloved movie adaption of C.S. Lewis's popular novels first captured our hearts in 2005 with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. We were given two more insights into the world of Narnia, but the franchise ended with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. There have been multiple rumors throughout the year of adapting the remaining four movies, but as of now, it doesn't look like the franchise will finish.
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Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Although Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is known for being an instant classic, it is a franchise that was cut too short. The series of five books written by Ann Brashares was only adapted into two movies. It's been eight years since Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 released and the stars of the movie have all said at least once that they would be on board with filiming a third installment. We hope it happens sooner than later!
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The Princess Diaries
This is the movie that putAnn Hathawayon the map and made us love Julie Andrews even more, and we didn't know that was possible! Based on the 10 volumes of story writted by Meg Cabot, the two amazing movies we were given barely scratch the surfacce. It's been 12 years since Mia became Queen of Genovia in The Princess Diaries: A Royal Engagement, and we think it's about time that we get another installment!
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How to Train Your Dragon
We first fell in love with Toothless and Hiccup back in 2016, and they quickly became a Dreamworks favorite. A sequel to the movie was announced the same year and How to Train Your Dragon 2 was released in 2014. The story is based off a series of 12 children's books written by Cressida Cowell from the viewpoint of Hiccup. Although the movies were a huge success and even nominated for multiple Academy Awards, their big screen adventure stopped in 2014. The franchise still has a huge fanbase and has expanded into TV shows and shorter films instead.
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The Bourne Identity
The action thriller franchise based on a novel by the same name written by Robert Ludlum quickly gained popularity due to the action-packed scenes and Matt Damon portraying the lead. Although the franchise is well-loved, it has spanned across a whopping 14 years and still has not finished the story of Jason Bourne. The upcoming addition to the franchise, Jason Bourne, is assisting in revealing the history behind the protagonast. But with a total of 11 novels and only the fifth movie adapation being released, it seems unlikely that the franchise will finish in its entirety.
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