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CLOVERFIELD, STAR WARS, AND TOMB RAIDER – the January 2021 script sales contains news for a number of franchises, and gives an idea of what kind of projects have long-lasting potential.

Franchises are big business in the movie industry. That’s always been true, but the runaway success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has made it truer now than ever.

As we wrote for our Creative Challenge on franchises: “Considering how prevalent ‘franchises’ are on our screens, it’s surprising how few people submit projects with franchise potential to us at WriteMovies. But then if it was easy, everyone would be doing it!”

When you’re working on your next projects, consider whether it could have franchise potential. Producers looking for profits will always think about that kind of thing, and it could be the difference between success and failure for your script.

Here’s our pick of the script sales from January 2021 – take a close look and think about what made these IPs become franchises.

  • CLOVERFIELD has always been a strange franchise, with sequels only tangentially related to the original. It’s proven to be a successful formula, however, and now Joe Barton is set to write the next movie in the series.
  • Fresh off writing the upcoming series LOKI and the film DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS for Marvel, Michael Waldron is now set to write an as-yet untitled STAR WARS film, which will also be produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige.
  • The rebooted TOMB RAIDER series will continue with Alicia Vikander continuing in the lead role. Misha Green is set to write and direct; whether the story will continue to follow that of the games (in this case, RISE OF THE TOMB RAIDER) remains to be seen.
  • SPY KIDS has already produced four feature films and TV series, and now it’s getting a reboot for a new generation. Original creator Robert Rodriguez will once again be returning as writer/director.
  • Aside from franchises, a number of other scripts have seen sales. Most interesting to us is an untitled animated comedy based on an idea by Trevor Noah and written by Jonathan Groff and Jon Pollack. It’ll be interesting to find out more about the concept that Noah’s come up with!

The full list of January 2021 script sales is available HERE. And if you want to practice your own skills at coming up with ideas for a franchise, check our our Creative Challenge on it HERE!


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