4 October 2010 10:26 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon wonders if the idea of keeping the original crew intact when resurrecting a dormant movie franchise is necessarily the best plan…

It's hardly news that Hollywood is circling many of its long-ish dormant franchises for fresh opportunities to make cash. Whether you liked it or not, Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, for instance, pulled in over $700m at the box office alone, nearly 20 years after Indy and co rode into the sunset at the end of The Last Crusade. It's by some distance the most successful Indy outing to date, in pure box office terms.

Bruce Willis, meanwhile, left it over a decade to return to John McClane with Die Hard 4.0, and again, he was rewarded with the franchise's biggest box office take to date.

Right now, then, umpteen franchises are being primed for resurrection. Men In Black is coming out of mothballs after nearly a decade. »

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