The Bible Cinematic Universe
There's actually quite a few contenders right now.
For one, I foresee lots of additional Jumanji movies in the near future based on how well Welcome to the Jungle is doing (and that is not a sentence I *ever* expected to type) and how well the premise lends itself to sequels- new form of the game, new set of kids, new set of big Hollywood stars for them to turn into.
Murder on the Orient Express made a pretty good amount of money on a modest budget, got a sequel greenlit really fast, most people seemed to like it well enough, and there's no shortage of Poirot books to adapt. I can picture Branagh easily playing that role four or five more times if people keep seeing the movies.
A Wrinkle in Time and Mortal Engines are both based on books that have sequels, so if they do well, expect franchises to follow.
And Creed II is on the way and we all know how big the Rocky series got. They could cap it off at two or three movies to avoid letting it stale, or they could do them for the next 20 years.
Avatar. With FOUR sequels already having release dates, it is in the best shape to be a huge franchise. The first movie grossed over two billion dollars, nominated for multiple oscars, and its own land in Disney World, it is the next big movie franchise.
Xmen. Now that Disney owns xmen I expect to see a huge reboot of the IP.
It's not that hard. Just think of 90's/00's properties that are still hot. I think video games have the most potential, as gamers are still hungry for a movie that doesn't suck. And it will happen. Valve is in cohoots with J.J. Abrams.
Or maybe Dunkey will become a movie star, god willing.
If you're talking about the next phenomenon, a'la Harry Potter, than I wouldn't be surprised if it's a video game or anime adaptation. Yes, so far all these movies have sucked, but someone will come along and finally figure out how to make this work on a blockbuster scale; it's not impossible. It may not be for another ten years, but it will happen.
I got it: *Redwall*. Yes, the books about talking mice. It's basically family friendly Game of Thrones.
1) There are tons of existing books within a consistent universe, a la Harry Potter or DC/Marvel universes.
2) Redwall stories usually follow the Hero with 1000 Faces kind of narrative arc, which has been a success in everything from Aladdin to Star Wars
3) There's already a built in narrative explanation for the mantle of 'hero' moving to different characters in different books, so you don't need to lock down one set of voice actors. Cheaper to make more movies that way
4) It would be easy enough to make parallel stories out of, say, the badgers & hares of Salamandastron, the woodland creatures of Redwall, and some heroes from the other tribes in the area like the otters or shrews, and have some huge enemy that requires them all to team up. These groups already do get help from each other in their own stories, you'd just need to adjust the timelines a bit so multiple heroes are alive and active at once.
5) Redwall is gritty, like all movies have to be these days apparently, but on a level kids can deal with. I'm pretty sure there are essentially torture scenes in some of the books, but they are still ultimately kid friendly.
6) With the new Disney adaptation of the jungle book and similar movies, CGI is at a place where you could do them in a "live action" style instead of a cartoon style, which would mean adults wouldn't dismiss it out of hand as just a kids movie
I'd love to see some Brandon Sanderson books on the big screen. Warbreaker could work well. Legion would also be great, and his Reckoners series would probably translate well to movies. The rest would probably be better suited as mini series or TV shows like Game of Thrones.
I feel like a live action, Hollywood Pokemon movie would just fucking destroy the box office.
I have a theory:
The next Transformers franshise could come from LEGO. In the early 2000's there were these robots called the Bionicle. If Lego is smart they could turn that name into the next Lord of the Rings if they wanted to.
Perhaps the Monsterverse (Godzilla and King Kong)
I'd like to see a new big budget version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Mortal Engines could be interesting
"The Legend of Zelda" trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson.
The new *Planet of the Apes* series can take off now the prequel trilogy has put its feet in the ground.