A Coming Attractions
trope. When a creator is maybe not prominent enough to carry a title on their own, but their work is popular and/or widely loved enough to mean something, the promoters of their latest project will highlight their track record to sell this new thing to people. Sometimes it does give the audience some clues as to what they might expect — a signature line, a Creator Cameo
, other tropes said creator is known to utilize.
May take the form of:
- From the writer/director/creator of...
- From the studio that brought you...
- From the producer of... - Some people take this as a sign that they had nothing else to sell the audience on.
- From the Award Winning creator of... - For when they really want to highlight the creator's prestige.
Compare In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It
, He Also Did
Studio that brought you
- News articles about I AM I's lead singer, ZP Theart, tend to introduce him as DragonForce's ex-singer.
- Seltzer and Friedberg advertized Spy Hard, among others, as produced by "two of the six writers of Scary Movie."
- A missed example: Fred Saberhagen wrote the Novelization of the film Bram Stoker's Dracula. He offered to also write the novelization of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein just so the cover could say "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: by the author of Bram Stoker's Dracula."
- Exceedingly common in literature, with the cover frequently advertising something akin to "from the New York Times bestselling author of Insert Book Here."
- The two series Seekers and Survivors are advertised as "From the author of the #1 nationally bestselling Warriors series" right on the covers. For Survivors, fans consider this rather misleading: while Warriors and Seekers have shared the same group of writers and editors under the pen name Erin Hunter for a decade, Survivors has an entirely new team and isn't connected to any of the people responsible for the other two series.
- John Norman's non-Gor novels have the blurb by the author of the Gor novels on the cover, where the Gor books say "the xth book in the Counter-Earth saga."
- When Danny Phantom got its first promo, the creators of Fairly Oddparents were mentioned.
- Recent no-man albums tend to include a sticker that says : "no-man are: steven wilson (porcupine tree) and tim bowness". Which is ironic considering that Wilson considers no-man his main project.
- Battleship was proudly declared as coming "From Hasbro, the company that brought you Transformers", in spite of neither film being actually made by the same studio (note:Hasbro's film division just develops the concepts for other studios. Also, they didn't create the original Battleship game, they just bought out the owners).
- The packaging of the first wave of Hero Factory sets had a label boasting "From the makers of BIONICLE!"
- Ads for Pixar movies tend to reference previous Pixar films in this manner.
- When the movie remake of ''Land of the Lost'' came out in 2009, Universal Studios released the 1970 movie adaptation of H.R. Pufnstuf, on DVD, which contained a blurb on top of the front cover stating, "From the Producers of Land of the Lost" (Even though Sid & Marty Krofft completely created both series).
- Advertisements for the film Once Upon a Forest said it was "from the creator of An American Tail". This was possibly done to mislead people into thinking it was a Don Bluth film, which it wasn't; David Kirschner produced both films (and came up with the initial idea for An American Tail).
- Let's not forget some of the trailers for The Pagemaster, which also said "From the creator of An American Tail" at the beginning. It was also produced by Kirschner.
- The reboot of The Lone Ranger had trailers boasting that it was from producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Gore Verbinski, the people behind Pirates of the Caribbean. But instead of stating that outright, they just show the Pirates logo.
- Many second-rate CGI movies are often labelled as "from the producers of Shrek". That producer in question is John H. Williams, who also produced Valiant, Happily N'Ever After and Space Chimps.
- The Screen Junkines Honest Trailers will frequently lampoon this, such as The Lord of the Rings trilogy as "From the director of the King Kong Universal Studios ride", or Prometheus as "From the director of all those Russell Crowe movies you never saw, and the writer of LOST's unsatisfying final episode".
- The first paragraph of Super Paper Mario X starts with a "Creator of" example, like a trailer for a movie, but a Record Needle Scratch occurs halfway through, with the author assuring that "this is not a movie."
- The Futurama episode "Why Must I Be a Crustacean in Love?" parodies this by having its opening caption read "From the Network that Brought You The Simpsons." (They could have made a big deal out of Matt Groening's name being on the cover of both shows, but they offer their then-shared home on Fox as the key similarity instead.)
- Parodied in Family Guy, in an unaired cutaway gag from season 9, "Road to the North Pole".
Stewie: (to Brian) You tried to trick me! Like those commercials for upcoming movies.
(cut to Stewie watching TV in the living room)
: This summer, from the guys who brought you Superbad
comes a hilarious new comedy.
Stewie: Uh, I hate when they do that. Which guy? You know it could be the writers or the guys in the wardrobe department, they don't specify.
(Stewie changes the channel)
Stewie: Uh, who cares? It's sure a broad association.
(Stewie changes the channel)
Stewie: Oh what, humans? Who else is making movies?
Announcer: ...and air!
Stewie: Fuck off!