often worked out in the last forty years.
Flight of the Intruder did not lead to adaptations of the other Jake Grafton novels.
The Specialist did not lead to other adaptations of the Specialist novels.
While Firefox, Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the novel by the same name, resulted in novelist Craig Thomas writing additional stories about Mitchell Gant, it didn't lead to any other film adaptations.
The adaptation of Royal Flash in 1975 did not lead to other adaptations of the Flashman novels.
Gorky Park did not lead to other adaptations of the Arkady Renko novels by Martin Cruz Smith.
The Empty Beach did not lead to other adaptations of the Cliff Hardy novels.
The Bone Collector did not lead to other Lincoln Rhyme films.
Clive Cussler has seen two attempts to start film franchises based on his novels about Dirk Pitt, Raise The Titanic and Sahara. Neither produced sequels.
Both had negative fan reactions, and Clive Cussler disowned both movie
The last forty years have seen several examples of attempted hard-boiled detective/police/private eye films series that never reached more than one film.
Larry Cohen intended to make a few sequels to his 1982 remake of I, the Jury. The script for one of them served as the basis for 1987's Deadly Illusion, but as of 2010 no further Spillane based films have reached theaters.
Kathleen Turner bought options on many of the VI Warshawski books. Only one film came out.
Other authors who wrote various reasonably prolific series adapted into only one film-John D. MacDonald and Travis McGee (one theatrical film, Darker Than Amber), Walter Mosely and Easy Rawlins (one theatrical film, Devil in a Blue Dress), Lawrence Block and Matthew Scudder (one theatrical film, Eight Million Ways to Die). James Lee Burke's Heaven's Prisoners featuring Dave Robicheaux only had a direct-to-DVD follow-up, In the Electric Mist, with Tommy Lee Jones taking over from Alec Baldwin.