If you thought launching a successful book series was a hard enough feat to achieve in life, just wait until Hollywood comes a-knockin’ to purchase the film rights. Your book baby is going to go through a series of writers who may or may not understand the nuance of the text you’ve crafted, and you’ll either have the next Maze Runner or Hunger Games on your hands, or you’ll have one of the movies on this list we’re about to unveil.

Though to be fair, exactly one of these movies is on this list for that reason. In other cases, the audience doesn’t latch on as they should, which leads to a lack of monetary reward and incentive to keep going. In either case, we’d like to present the following five films that failed at the box office, despite source material that deserves to be revisited at a theater near you.

The Golden Compass
While The Golden Compass was far from a proper adaptation of the first book in Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, it was unique enough to convey the original world in which it existed. With two more adventures right behind it - The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass - the adventure becomes more intriguing, and branches between the world of Lyra Belacqua and our own world. Whether the series is rebooted, or chooses to continue from the first film’s ending with a new cast, is up for debate - but the world of Lyra and The Golden Compass more than deserve another bite at the apple.

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