What did you think of that Hobbit trailer? Not too shabby. I wouldn’t expect anything less from Peter Jackson or The Lord of the Rings franchise, but it looks meticulously crafted and staged. It’s got me pretty excited for a kick-ass prequel that can tell its own tale yet still support the established films.
Not all film franchises are this successful. Of course, there are classic prequels that pull it off, there are others that just miss the mark entirely and wear their commercial ambitions on their sleeves. Here are examples from both camps.