From ‘Creed’ to ‘Scream’: Successful series that go beyond the original characters know it

Franchises have been around since the dawn of Hollywood and filmmaking.Movie series worth watching, such as James Bond, star wars, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, everything you can think of, seems to be here to stay. Given that they are the bread and butter of Hollywood, studios are finding ways to keep them going, even if the original cast members decide to drop out. For years, studios have been trying to see if some franchises can move forward without franchise players.

It’s nothing new for franchises to switch protagonists.thought of course James Bond In the franchise, changing actors is a feature with six faces.this Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher batman The film sees the caped crusader go from Michael Keaton arrive Val Kilmer arrive George Clooney. But in recent years, the character’s role in the story is changing, presenting a different protagonist. The sequel trilogy focuses on a new trio rather than Han, Luke, and Leia.There was even an attempt to replace Tom Cruise with Jeremy Renner in the fourth film Mission impossible movie but died soon after.Even now, with Indiana Jones and the Wheel of Fortune, there are signs that Phoebe Waller-Bridge The character may take over from a famous archaeologist. In this regard, however, there have been more missteps than successes. A lot of these movies either didn’t do well commercially, or people didn’t quite accept this big change in the story. That being said, there have been several successful lead switches in the franchise.

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Which franchises have successfully handed off storylines to new leads?

Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in
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when creed Born in 2015, it has injected new vitality into the decades-old old building Rocky franchise. After six films with Rocky Balboa (Stallone) as the main character, who has seen him grow from a young boxer to an aging former two-time heavyweight world champion, what else could there be in Rocky’s world?what director Ryan Coogler All he does is turn his attention to Loki’s rival and later friend Apollo (Carl Weathers) son, Adonis (Michael B. Jordan). Coogler was able to successfully tell a new story in a familiar setting for a number of reasons, but one reason was how he played the role of Rocky: Rocky was no longer the protagonist. Now, he’s a supporting character.

This change of position is good for this handoff, since Adonis doesn’t feel like a replacement for Rocky. Adonis is the star of the film, so we like him a lot. We get to know Adonis in the first part of the film, what his needs are, what his troubles are, what his background is, and then we’re reintroduced to Loki. Adonis is his own man, not trying to copy and paste another Rocky to insert at the end of the movie. By having him in a supporting role, Loki can help Adonis complete his hero’s journey, while adding legitimacy to the fact that this story belongs in this universe by having the original stars exist alongside the new ones.

another reason is Lodge/Creed The success of the movie is that Rocky did more than one movie.both creed and Creed 2, further emphasizing that he won’t be replaced, and something else very important: We don’t have to say hello and goodbye at the same time. We don’t have to get to know Adonis, someone we’ve just met for the first time, while having to say goodbye to a character we’ve all known and loved for forty years. creed Focus on building Adonis’ story with Loki, building it with him, so when we get to Creed 2, when Rocky says to Adonis, “Your time is up,” there’s a sweet and subtly literal handoff.Now creed Movies can and have progressed without Rocky Balboa.

Why has the Scream franchise changed leads so successfully over the years?

Melissa Barrera, Jenna Ortega, Jazmine Savoy Brown and Mason Gooding in Scream VI
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Similarly Creed/Lodge Movie, scream Franchises are able to keep changing characters and protagonists. When Ghostface was first released in 1996, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is the main character, and continues to appear in subsequent films, but scream Has been able to bring the character back to the revolving door.fifth scream movie adds new cast Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega As protagonists, but Prescott, Gail Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Dewey Riley (david arquette) in a supporting role, like the wily Stallone.cox will appear again at scream 6.expand scream The casting has worked over the years because, with Lodge/Creed, scream Not too focused on one character. scream There is a central figure who is part of an electronic ensemble.

and screamOver the years, the expansion of the ensemble was devoted to changing the protagonists. As a result of the expansion, the original cast could come in and out at will, appearing in any number of films. Result: The franchise becomes bigger than the protagonist.Sidney Prescott and Gail Weathers are part of beauty and success scream, when there are enough cast members to fill their absence, the movie can still function even without them.Although it’s unfortunate that Neve Campbell didn’t make it back scream 6Still, the movie was a success, as audiences loved its new characters and stuck with them. The failure of most franchise transitions is that they focus too much on one character instead of building a world around that character, which means investing in other characters as well. Turning a franchise’s main and unique attraction into a star can cause the franchise to die without them.

What are the main reasons why a franchise succeeds or fails?

Harrison Ford in 'Raiders of the Lost Ark: Disk' is getting old
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What really separates handovers from missteps is timing. It takes time for the audience to get used to the new characters because we spent a lot of time on the original. Too often, studios want to shed and replace the original characters to make way for new ones, thereby completely negating the audience’s years with the characters. Our expectation seems to be to transfer all the emotion to the new characters, and that’s asking a lot from the should we suddenly care Shia LaBeoufrole in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull when we spent decades together harrison ford? Movies need to take their time to develop new characters and honor the time we spent with original characters like Loki and Sidney Prescott. So when the original cast members leave, the series will be well taken care of.

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