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What Will Netflix’s Next Big Franchise Be? Here’s What’s In The Pipeline



Netflix, one of the most popular streaming services worldwide, is renowned for its ever-growing collection of movies and TV shows that cater to a range of interests, from espionage thrillers to heartwarming slice-of-life tales. While most of its offerings are perfect for weekend binges, the platform has a habit of holding onto successful franchises such as Marvel and Star Wars. These productions often leave many unanswered questions that could be explored in future entries. Additionally, Netflix seems to be expanding its horizons by producing not just an excessive amount of TV shows, but also by planning to establish its own movie franchises. This begs the question: What will be Netflix’s next major franchise, and will it succeed?

Why is Netflix Looking to Expand into Franchises?

Netflix has an impressive library of films spanning several genres that are perfect for a day of relaxation or a weekend marathon. However, many of these productions fail to meet viewers’ expectations. Therefore, instead of creating an endless stream of movies and shows that do not boost the platform’s growth, it makes sense to stick to a successful series of films. Consider recent Netflix movies and shows such as 1899 and Troll, which were canceled after the first season and failed to make Netflix the top streaming pick. If Netflix adopts the method of dividing a blockbuster movie or series into numerous installments, its chances of success will increase even more.

What Could Be the Streamer’s Next Big Franchise?

Netflix has tried this approach before; Stranger Things has been the most popular selection among fans in recent years, and Dark, while similar to Stranger Things, is more violent and grimy. These are just a few examples of many, but Netflix did not invest as much in movie franchises as it did in TV shows. Extraction is a reasonably feasible option for the streamer because the second film, while not quite what fans had anticipated, is an action spectacle, particularly the first hour. Given how Thor: Love and Thunder didn’t quite hit the mark, Chris Hemsworth might commit to Extraction like Tom Cruise did with Mission Impossible all these years. The Gray Man is another excellent choice, as it is based on a novel by Mark Greaney, who has written numerous sequels to the book series. With the Russo Brothers (Avengers: End Game) in charge, the movie turned out to be a spectacular action flick, and with further films, it is bound to become one of the most thrilling franchises. The only concern is the cost and how much Netflix can continue to afford to invest in this franchise.

However, these two options are not the end of the road. Netflix is already producing more potential movies, such as Gal Gadot’s Heart of Stone, which will launch a franchise in the same way that long-running movie series do, and Red Notice, which starred three prominent actors, Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot, will see a sequel in 2024 or 2025. Netflix has also invested heavily in Zack Snyder, from his previous zombie film Army of the Dead to his new science fiction film Rebel Moon, which is hoped to be the beginning of a franchise. Other examples include Knives Out, where Netflix acquired the sequel rights after the first movie was a hit, with the second film being a big hit for the streamer. Fear Street was one of the best horror franchises Netflix has ever produced, and given how each movie maintained its originality throughout, it will likely become an even bigger franchise. On the television side, Netflix has invested in both The Witcher and DC’s Sandman.

Will These Franchises Be Successful?

While fans are excited about Netflix’s plans to bring a plethora of incredible movies to the table, the question remains: can they succeed? With a few exceptions, Netflix tends to rush through things rather than spending time developing a project more thoughtfully. For these film franchises to be successful, even if not on the scale of Star Wars and Mission Impossible, Netflix should spend time developing each script carefully. Films like Red Notice have been somewhat repetitive with the concept, but its undeniable popularity is due to its star-studded main ensemble, which would cost a hefty budget even for Netflix. Therefore, if the platform is spending billions of dollars on these franchises, it had better do so correctly by focusing equally on the story selection, production quality, and the actors who will draw the attention of their fans. While there is a good chance that some of these franchises will flourish, it is not certain that all of them will.

As one of the world’s most popular streaming services, Netflix is known for constantly adding new movies and TV shows, ranging from spy thrillers to heartwarming slice-of-life stories. While most of these are weekend leisure that can be binge-watched in a short period, the streamer also has a tendency to hold onto some well-running shows and movie franchises. Like the Marvel and Star Wars series, these films end with many dangling plot threads that could be explored in subsequent entries.



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Or, as is often the case, we encounter a series like 13 Reasons Whywhich would have ended after the second season except for Netflix’s need to cash in on its success. Netflix seems to be not only producing an excessive amount of TV shows but also planning to establish movie franchises that, if successful, will bring an innovative form of entertainment to its subscribers. This begs the question: what will Netflix’s next major franchise be, and will it succeed?


Why is Netflix Looking to Expand Into Franchises?

The Witcher Season 3
Netflix

Netflix has amassed an impressive library of films across several genres, perfect for a quick day of relaxation or a marathon viewing to blow off steam on the weekend. It obviously dominates in that sense, even though a large portion of such productions frequently disappoint viewers. So, rather than creating infinite movies and shows that will not help the streamer’s growth, it makes sense to stick to a successful series of films.

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Consider some recent Netflix movies and shows, such as 1899which was canceled quickly after the first season, and Trolla Norwegian monster movie that would be wonderful for a popcorn movie, but these will not be enough to make Netflix our number one streaming pick. If Netflix adopts the method of splitting up a blockbuster movie or series into numerous installments, their chances of success will increase even more.

What Could Be the Streamer’s Next Big Franchise?

Netflix's new franchises
Netflix

This is not the first time Netflix has tried this approach, as Stranger Things has definitely been the most popular selection among fans in recent years, as has Darkwhich, while similar to Stranger Thingsis more violent and grimy. These are just a few examples of many, but Netflix did not invest as much in movie franchises as it did in TV shows. Extraction is a reasonably feasible option for the streamer because the second film, while not quite what fans had anticipated, is an action spectacle, particularly the first hour.

Given how Thor: Love and Thunder didn’t quite hit the mark, Chris Hemsworth might commit to Extraction like Tom Cruise did with Mission Impossible all these years. The Gray Man is another excellent choice, as it is based on a novel by Mark Greaney, who has written numerous sequels to the book series. With the Russo Brothers (Avengers: End Game) in charge, the movie turned out to be a spectacular action flick, and with further films, it is bound to become one of the most thrilling franchises. The only concern is the cost and how much Netflix can continue to afford to invest in this franchise.

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However, these two are not the end of the road since Netflix is already producing more potential movies, such as Gal Gadot’s Heart of Stonewhich will launch a franchise in the same way that long-running movie series do, and Red Noticewhich starred three prominent actors, Dwayne Johnson, Ryan Reynolds, and Gal Gadot, will see a sequel in 2024 or 2025. Netflix has also invested heavily in Zack Snyder, from his previous zombie film Army of the Dead to his new science fiction film Rebel Moon, which is hoped to be the beginning of a franchise.

Other examples include Knives Outwhere Netflix acquired the sequel rights after the first movie was a hit, with the second film being a big hit for the streamer. Fear Street was one of the best horror franchises Netflix has ever produced, and given how each movie maintained its originality throughout, it will likely become an even bigger franchise. On the television side, Netflix has invested in both The Witcher and DC’s Sandman.

Will These Franchises Be Successful?

Netflix's new franchises
Netflix

To this point, fans are excited to learn that the streaming service will bring a plethora of incredible movies to the table, but can they succeed? With a few exceptions, Netflix tends to have a pattern of speeding through things rather than spending its time on making the project more fruitful. If these film franchises are to be successful, even if not on the scale of Star Wars and Mission ImpossibleNetflix should spend its time developing each script thoughtfully.

Films like Red Notice have been somewhat repetitive with the concept, but its undeniable popularity is due to its star-studded main ensemble, which would cost a hefty budget even for Netflix. So, if it is going to spend billions of dollars on these franchises, it had better do it correctly by focusing equally on the story selection, production quality, and the actors who will draw the attention of their fans. There is a good chance that some of these franchises will flourish; however, this is by no means certain for all of them.

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