Could “We Can Be Heroes” Be Netflix’s Next Big Franchise?

Netflix is undoubtedly the world’s biggest streaming service, but the one thing they’ve struggled with was building a big franchise that would put them shoulder to shoulder with other major film studios. Could their latest action flick We Can Be Heroes be the starting point of such a franchise?

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, We Can Be Heroes is imagined as a sequel to The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl and it has the same vibe as the Spy Kids franchise. The star-studded cast, which includes Priyanka Chopra and Pedro Pascal, is just the cherry on top of the cake—but is that enough to turn this film into a successful franchise?

Judging by the numbers, it might just be. We Can Be Heroes was already watched by 44 households since its Christmas Day release and Netflix was quick to announce a sequel to this children’s feature film.

Would this film manage to find box office success if it actually hits the theaters, in addition to premiering on Netflix? It’s safe to assume it would since children happen to be its target group, and it was filmed on a relatively small budget. When it comes to franchising, hit Netflix shows Stranger Things and The Witcher have a much better chance, but in terms of movies that this streaming giant gave us so far—We Can Be Heroes is as close as it gets.