“American Assassin”: why the planned mega-franchise has failed
13 books wrote Vince Flynn about the CIA anti-terrorist fighters Mitch Rapp until his death in 2013, followed by five other novels written by a new author. Enough material for a mega-action franchise. But nothing came of it known.
It is now not uncommon in Hollywood that the makers already have a whole franchise in mind when they produce only times only a movie. And it is not uncommon that these plans quickly disappear in the drawer when the first part of a flop at the box office. That “American Assassin” will never see a sequel is about totally logical: Worldwide revenues of only around 67 million dollars is just too puny – even with a modest budget of 33 million dollars.
Here, one might have seen earlier in “American Assassin” actually that the story of a young man who is trained by the CIA for the perfect killing machine will not go into production! Warning there was finally enough . movies front. movies front.
Box-office flop with announcement
Far too many attempts: Currently the box office failure of that it often is a reason when renowned directors and writers on a fabric trying for decades, but just bring a satisfactory implementation of the road is “Gemini Man” a cautionary tale. In “American Assassin” it was similar.
Far too many attempts:
After purchasing the book rights, 2008, directors, writers and actors gave the handle in his hand. Antoine Fuqua ( “Training Day”) and Edward Zwick ( “The Last Samurai”) came and went just like Gerard Butler and Colin Farrell. Chris Hemsworth was even allegedly offered the stately salary of ten million dollars, but the “Thor” star took the role too monotonous.
Hastily: But then had to get a move on it at some point. The book rights threatened in 2016, falling back to the heirs of the author Vince Flynn, if not the production finally started off. Where “the enemy” was originally Flynn’s eighth novel to film, in which a bitter Mitch Rapp is on a personal vendetta, was now with “American Assassin – How it all began” published the history of the CIA killer. With “Maze Runner” star Dylan O’Brien as a young actor could be years, if not decades working. But perhaps we now acted too hastily . movies front. movies front.
The wrong time: Had the makers namely thinking again, might have occurred to them that the uncompromising, but of course always killing the good fight American who saves the world single-handedly, is perhaps just installed not so, where at that time the then current presidential candidate makes not only with his campaign slogan “America First” clear that his country’s interests should be above all others.
The wrong time:
The time cheer in the world viewers fingernails chewing as Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) in the series “24” (at the Vince Flynn, incidentally temporarily as consultants participated) for good tortured, was finally not without reason over. And one planned for the series movie, the makers had long since canceled. Because they knew that it is the wrong time for this kind of conscious almost unthinkingly anti-terrorist single combat . movies front. movies front.
Hard action with teen star: Vince Flynn’s books are tough and so it is likely to have fallen fans that the makers announced directly, not to compromise. In the US, the film also got so called “adult release,” an R-rating. In Germany, he was released after an initial refusal of youth released on appeal just over 16 years. In the release, the justification “sometimes drastic action and scenes of violence” are mentioned. However, such harsh action films are difficult to market. This requires a well-known brand and / or stars who are for it – see Stallone and “Rambo”.
Hard action with teen star:
But what’s missing: A novel adaptation does have a fan base, but that adaptations (including video games) to be a success, you have to just appeal to people who have heard nothing yet. That eventually make up the majority of moviegoers. And a star can help, but Dylan O’Brien was previously for a completely different audience. He was known as a teen heartthrob through the MTV series “Teen Wolf” and “Maze Runner” film series – both not just made for an audience that thinks, “Oh, and now I look at me as he terrorists massacred! “
That “American Assassin” flopped, so it was not a very big surprise. If you want to get an idea of the movie you anyway: ProSieben shows the action thriller this Sunday from 22:35.
ProSieben shows the action thriller this Sunday from 22:35.