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Sometimes supporting characters become so popular that movie studios give them their own movies. Here are 7 character spin-off movies.
- Get Him to the Greek. In 2008, after the success of Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Russell Brand’s Aldous Snow was the clear breakout star of the comedy. Universal thought it was fit to make a new spin-off based on the popular character, so Get Him To The Greek hit theaters two years later in 2010.
- This Is 40. After Leslie Mann & Paul Rudd’s characters from Knocked Up were the surprise breakout stars, Judd Apatow wrote and directed its spin-off movie with This Is 40. While Knocked Up was a big hit in 2007, This Is 40 fell short of expectations.
- The Wolverine. After the failure of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Fox wanted to re-do the series with the sequel film The Wolverine. Although X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a big ‘ol flop, The Wolverine was a marked improvement in almost every way.
- The Bourne Legacy. With Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass opting not to return to the series, Universal wanted to keep the Bourne franchise alive with The Bourne Legacy starring Jeremy Renner and directed by Tony Gilroy. Now that Damon and Greengrass are planning to return with Bourne 5, it is believed both storylines will intersect with the new sequel.
- Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. After four movies under his belt, Kevin Smith combined all of its elements and characters in Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back. The titular duo was always the background or supporting characters, but in Kevin Smith’s fifth film, they were at the center of attention. Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back is the best Kevin Smith parody movie ever made.
- U.S. Marshals. After the success of The Fugitive and the breakout performance of Tommy Lee Jones as Deputy U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard in 1993, Warner Bros. wanted a spin-off starring the character with U.S. Marshals in 1998. Although Tommy Lee Jones won an Academy Award for The Fugitive, U.S. Marshals failed to find that same kind of success.
- The Chronicles of Riddick. After the success of Pitch Black in the year 2000, Universal doubled down with the franchise and its breakout character Riddick, played by Vin Diesel. In 2004, The Chronicles of Riddick was released, but failed to resonate with general audiences as much as its predecessor. After giving the film rights to Vin Diesel if he made a cameo appearance in The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift, Universal released Riddick in 2013. The threequel was a hit and re-ignited the franchise for a new generation.