IGN Filmforce have been counting down the top 25 film franchises and Star Trek ended up as #5. Eric Moro, IGN Editor in Chief sums Trek up thusly:
Ever since The Original Series debuted on NBC back in 1966, there’s been a steady stream of Trek within the pop culture zeitgeist. Sure, I can spew off franchise facts like six TV series, 10 feature films (with an 11th currently in development from J.J. Abrams), tons of videogames, action figures, novels, comic books and two Las Vegas themed attractions. But perhaps more impressive is the impact the property has made on fandom itself—I’m talking the fan fiction, the fan films (most found on the Internet) and the yearly conventions. Even more impressive still is the impact these fans have made on the mainstream. One of many examples: After a massive letter writing campaign, NASA names the first space shuttle the Enterprise. Now that’s a powerhouse franchise!
Their list is a bit subjective, but they did have some critera. A franchise had to have at least 3 films to be considered and they factored in’commercial and artistic successes, impact on pop culture and how many ancillary items they spawned (videogames, comics, fast food tie-ins,etc.)’ Trek beat out some venerable franchises including Batman, Superman, Alien and Juruassic Park. The top 4 were Star Wars, Bond, Lord of The Rings and Indiana Jones. Although coming behind Star Wars and Bond is understandable, it seems that Trek could have clocked in at 3rd or 4th on pop culture influence alone.
Abrams MI Doesn’t make the list, but he makes another
One franchise that didn’t make the IGN list at all was the Mission Impossible franchise. Including the last entry by JJ Abrams, that franchise is one of the largest grossing of all time…oh well maybe they dont like Cruise. M:I:III did end 2006 as the 7th highest grossing film and the number one selling HD DVD. JJ Abrams also make a different list (everyone seems to put out lists at the end of the year). SyFy Portal named Abrams the top newsmaker of 2006. From the article: No one can create the see-saw news articlesspeculating back and forth about what he’s doing than Abrams working onthe new Star Trek movie.’ Very true…and it isn’t going to be any different in 2007 if TrekMovie.com has anything to say about it.