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Don’t Break the Egregore of the Long-Running Franchise

Star Wars Squadrons

I have written on this topic before (the challenge of creating and sustaining a supportive and bought-in audience) in the articles: Why Audiences Leave when Stories get too Big The End of Part II The Endurance of Dr Who & 007 And today I want to take another look at this given the outcry on the Internet at where the big studios are taking some of the fans’ beloved franchises (or where...

Does the Modern Franchise offer Panacea or Pain for the Moviegoer?

Outside a Movie Theatre (aka Cinema) at Night

I read an article on ScriptMag titled “Is the ‘MacGuffin’ an Endangered Plot Device?” written by Tim Schildberger, an experienced writer, script coach, and co-founder/Head Judge of Write LA. He talks about the failure of surprise in the use of a MacGuffin in the classic three-act structure because he argues that anyone who has seen movies regularly over the last 40 years –...

The End of Part II

Or, Why Movie Universes are suffering from Cosmic Inflation. Movies, or more specifically, movie universes and franchises like Marvel, DC, the Hunger Games series, Harry Potter, Warhammer, the Divergent series, etc, are big. But are they getting too big? The TV Analog In television, a show is developed to run over a series of episodes. Depending on the run, this can be a handful like 6-10 or a...

The Endurance of Dr Who & 007

Dr Who. A TV series that has endured more than 50 years (albeit with a hiatus for 16 years, notwithstanding the 1996 film introducing us to the Eighth Doctor). It began in 1963 and is now in its 35th series (season). There is no other series in history that has come close to this longevity, aside from the James Bond (007) films which first screened in 1962 and now enjoying his 24th outing in...