Some movie franchises only have one good movie to begin with, others have wildly fluctuated in quality over decades of storytelling, and sometimes a consistent and popular title suddenly falls off when a critical or commercial dud causes a franchise to jump the shark. Sometimes that kind of failure is enough to prompt a studio to invest a lot less time and money in the property and redirect its resources elsewhere, in some cases scrapping all plans for the IP's future installments and never speaking of it again.
Except, more often than not, it comes back. And sometimes a movie series just needs that one big movie to revive it. Studios are not shy about milking a franchise for all it's worth - through good movies and bad - but there's no secret formula for making an increasingly irrelevant franchise relevant again. For some franchises, years after being labeled "done" and left creatively dormant, one particular entry - a full reboot with a new aesthetic direction, a sequel that recreates the original magic, or an entirely new character to focus on - will revitalize the brand, restoring its former glory. And sometimes that cycle will repeat itself endlessly. This list takes a look at the franchises that almost died but, thanks to one movie that came along at the right time and reached the right audience, came roaring back to life.
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