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Jul112009

Warner Bros. upcoming tentpole franchises

J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkein, and Arthur Conan Doyle are, oddly, holding together the hopes and dreams of executives at Warner Bros. Variety put together a list of the tentpole projects Warner Bros. has in development.

Tentpole movies are films that studios believe will make several hundred million dollars worldwide, assuming they don’t suck. Spider-Man, Lord of the Rings, and Transformers are examples of tentpole film franchises. These types of movies are crucial, since they fund a variety of lower scale projects for studios. A large portion of movies don’t turn a profit at the box office, which is why Warner Bros. executives deem it necessary to have a stable slate of big money makers.

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - release 7/25/09
  • Sherlock Holmes - 12/25/09
  • Clash of the Titans - 3/26/10
  • Sex and the City 2 - 4/28/10
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 - 11/19/10
  • The Green Lantern - 6/17/11
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 - 7/15/11
  • Happy Feet 2 - 11/18/11
  • The Hobbit, Part 1 - 12/**/11
  • The Hobbit, Part 2 - 12/**/12

Noticeably absent is the next Batman movie, which doesn’t yet have a release date.Other potential tentpoles include Johnny Quest and Gears of War.