The film franchise is like the printing press of the film industry. Once it was discovered, it became a tool that removed a certain typed of creativity from much of the development process. Take a previously conceived a story (or preferably, stories) and remake it for a built in audience of fans. A minimal amount of work reaps rich rewards. And while some franchises have taken this adaptation process seriously (such as Harry Potter) others have made billions with a lower level of quality (Twilight, for example.) Either way is fine with executives, just as long as there are sequels already lined up.

So there’s always a battle in Hollywood over the next big franchise. Maybe it’s The Hunger Games for Lionsgate. Maybe it’s the Marvel superheroes for Disney. Or maybe it’s Fever, a franchise that DreamWorks has just acquired based on five books by Karen Marie Moning, which sounds like a mix of Pan’s Labyrinth, Lord of the Rings and Twilight. Read more about it after the jump. Read More »