20 movie franchises that never were
Failed film series include 'Speed Racer,' 'The Shadow,' 'Jonah Hex' and more
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
Why it got the green light: With its period setting and swashbuckling elements, Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer were hoping for another "Pirates of the Caribbean" when they acquired the rights to the popular videogame franchise.
Why a franchise never materialized: In context of "Sands of Times"' bloated production budget (estimates peg it as high as $200 million), the $300 million-plus worldwide gross of this Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer doesn't seem quite so impressive, and its lukewarm critical and audience reception doesn't bode well for the commercial prospects of future entries. - CE