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What's the next big film franchise?

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Brad Pitt as Gerald Lane in the upcoming film, "World War Z."

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Charlie Hunnam, front from left, stars as Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori in the sci-fi action adventure "ěPacific Rim."

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Hollywood is banking on the future this summer -- and not just a future where Capt. Kirk orders warp speed or Tony Stark builds a better Iron Man outfit. Though some film franchises seem to live on forever, most come with a shelf life, leaving studios always hunting for new ones.
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    • Brad Pitt as Gerald Lane in the upcoming film, “World War Z.”
    • Charlie Hunnam, front from left, stars as Raleigh Becket and Rinko Kikuchi as Mako Mori in the sci-fi action adventure “ěPacific Rim.”
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