It's a series that has survived around a half-dozen deaths during its days on television, so why not allow it to continue life in films?
"Fringe" will start its final season on Sept. 28, and while it appears the series will indeed jump into the future, there is a possibility that its actual future could include movie theaters.
"The film is very possible down the line," John Noble, who plays Dr. Walter Bishop, told Deadline.com at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend.
The actor who plays his on-screen son, Joshua Jackson, agreed. "The show will live on in some form or another."
And why not? Many compare "Fringe" to a 21st century version of "The X-Files," which also had a cult following on Fox, and that show made two trips to the silver screen. "Fringe" could really follow right behind.
But then again, times are different than what they were when David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson took to the big screen in 1998. "The X-Files" was drawing 17 million viewers, and had just come down from a high of nearly 20 million viewers on average the year before.
That created a box office of $189.2 million worldwide, easily making back its $66 million budget for "The X-Files: Fight the Future."
Yet, "Fringe" has averaged around 4 million viewers this past season, and never averaged anything too far above 10 million. The chances of success for a "Fringe" film might be more closely compared to that of another Fox series, "Firefly," which lasted only a handful of episodes a decade ago, but went on to gross just $39 million worldwide at the box office as "Serenity" for Universal Pictures, falling short of its $40 million budget.
Interesting enough, that film was directed by "Firefly" creator Joss Whedon, who would go on to direct "The Avengers," which has now pulled in $613.6 million -- domestically.
That's not to say that Warner Bros. shouldn't try for a film. "Serenity" suffered from being directed too much to existing fans without trying to attract a new audience. "Fight the Future" had a much more broad appeal, and attracted movie-goers whether they were familiar with the Fox series or not.
Yet, if a "Fringe" film is made, and it has initial success like "Fight the Future," it might not want to wait too long to continue the franchise in theaters. "The X-Files: I Want to Believe" was released a decade later, and managed just $68.4 million at the worldwide box office. However, it was still a success, since the budget for that outing was just $30 million.
"Fringe" still has a final season to contend with in the meantime, and that returns Sept. 28 at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
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