20 movie franchises that never were
Failed film series include 'Speed Racer,' 'The Shadow,' 'Jonah Hex' and more
Why it got the greenlight: After "Independence Day" broke box office records, the director-producer team of Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin seemed to be the right choice for Sony's big budget Hollywood take on Japan's most famous cinematic export.
Why a franchise never materialized: Although it made money at the box office (both in the U.S. and internationally), the film earned negative reviews and seemed to alienate hardcore Godzilla fans while failing to click with mainstream audiences. Of course, the Japanese film franchise survived, and now Legendary Pictures is planning to reboot the monster again for U.S. audiences. - DL