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Old March 10 2013, 05:54 AM   #91
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Re: What franchise has had the closest cultural impact since Star Wars

What Harry Potter does not have, or will never have, is the sheer quantity of products attached to it. Star Wars stayed in the popular imagination because of toys, novels, collectables and all the other products attached to it. Disney has done something similar with its Princesses line--the Disney movies have definitely had a larger cultural impact than Star Wars. The only other comparable movie franchise (in the sense of spin off products and cultural impact) is The Wizard of Oz.

What Star Wars has going for it is that it goes far beyond the Science Fiction genre that most of us here on this board are so wrapped up in.
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Old March 10 2013, 03:20 PM   #92
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Behind by quite a few laps, it's probably Harry Potter.

But Rambo should be somewhere up there too.
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Old March 11 2013, 04:38 PM   #93
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Re: What franchise has had the closest cultural impact since Star Wars

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I gotta go with Harry Potter as well.

It was hugely successful. Like SW it made a particular genre into a mainstream phenom. And just like SW changed the way that movie studios did business, HP changed publishing.
If Rowling was smart just like Lucas and to make Potter immortal just as Lucas is going to make Wars - she'd sell the rights to another studio like Universal and they would make Potter live forever as well.

Especially since she has no interest in writing any more Potter books.
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Old March 11 2013, 05:04 PM   #94
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She might change her mind in the next twenty or thirty years.
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Old March 11 2013, 08:27 PM   #95
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If Rowling doesn't write any more books, then I wouldn't be surprised if the Harry Potter film series gets rebooted eventually.

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Old March 11 2013, 09:11 PM   #96
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She might change her mind in the next twenty or thirty years.
In an interview last year she left the door open to another Potter story.
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Old March 12 2013, 12:19 AM   #97
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If Rowling doesn't write any more books, then I wouldn't be surprised if the Harry Potter film series gets rebooted eventually.
Or somebody could step in and do another take on the kids-at-a-supernatural-school schtick, which was hardly original when Rowling did her take on it.

Something more angst with vampires and werewolves as school kids along with the witches, that would hit big. Like it or not.
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Old March 12 2013, 01:17 AM   #98
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Or somebody could step in and do another take on the kids-at-a-supernatural-school schtick, which was hardly original when Rowling did her take on it.

Something more angst with vampires and werewolves as school kids along with the witches, that would hit big. Like it or not.
Harry Potter meets Twilight? Sounds like a winner.

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Old March 12 2013, 02:32 AM   #99
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Or somebody could step in and do another take on the kids-at-a-supernatural-school schtick, which was hardly original when Rowling did her take on it. Something more angst.
The Magicians. Lev Grossman.
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Old March 12 2013, 03:24 AM   #100
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One sign that you've done something with deep impact is if you spawn imitators. Star Wars certainly did that, as did Harry Potter. This usually creates a 2nd tier of successful ripoffs riding on the coat-tails. Galactica (classic) would classify as that for SW, and something like Percy Jackson would be the Harry Potter equivalent.
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Old March 12 2013, 01:35 PM   #101
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Something more angst with vampires and werewolves as school kids along with the witches, that would hit big. Like it or not.
Just curious. What's stopping Universal from having someone else pen a story about the Hogwarts characters? Rowling my not like prequels but I bet there would be huge audience for how Voldermort went from good to evil.

Or does she only own the rights to the stories?
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Old March 12 2013, 03:53 PM   #102
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They could get Abrams to do a sequel or a prequel or even a reboot; Makes no difference to him.


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Old March 12 2013, 04:01 PM   #103
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They could get Abrams to do a sequel or a prequel or even a reboot; Makes no difference to him.


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I vote that JJ takes over every single super successful franchise and reboots all of them.

He should also do a re-make of 2001 A Space Odyssey.
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Old March 12 2013, 06:04 PM   #104
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And then Abrams will start rebooting his own stuff, LOST, Super 8, Cloverfield.... They could do with more lens flare, too.

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Old March 13 2013, 03:50 AM   #105
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One sign that you've done something with deep impact is if you spawn imitators. Star Wars certainly did that, as did Harry Potter. This usually creates a 2nd tier of successful ripoffs riding on the coat-tails. Galactica (classic) would classify as that for SW, and something like Percy Jackson would be the Harry Potter equivalent.
I'm not sure about this but did HP bring about the resurgence of fantasy and the like? Was the timing such that it could've affected PJ doing LOTR? I think it was around the same time.
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