So you've finished writing your new adventure film. It has everything you can imagine, with a very evil villain
, a mysterious female-lead
and even a biplane chase! The studio loves it
and you get it green-lit. But as you move into pre-production, you notice the film needs to get trimmed down
. The biplane chase was great, but you know it has to go, as it adds to little to the plot. A shame, it even got storyboarded and most of the models were already built. But with it left out, the pacing is improved and the change was for the better. The film eventually gets released to rave reviews and great box-office numbers. So the studio calls you up for a sequel! You start working on script and realize something:
...I could work the biplane chase into this one!
The sequence remains virtually identical to its first outing, except that this time a different girl is behind our hero
. Just because you didn't use it the first time, doesn't mean it never can be used, instead it can be refitted for the sequel
The reasons for dropping a sequence is usually:
- Time or pacing
- Some sequences just end up being too long in the end, or there is one chase too many.
- Budgetary or time-constraints
- Everything in a film costs money, A LOT of money. Sometimes some things will just be too expensive and needs to be cut. In other cases, to avoid a delay you need to take something out.
- Sometimes, the technology needed to produce the sequence (or at least on budget) is not there yet.
Another variation is when doing an adaptation of a work, a scene from an earlier installments makes into a later one.
Sometimes it isn’t a sequence that's re-used, but can be things like sets or props made for an earlier installment.
Most of these tend to be removed early, anywhere from the script writing to having gotten some sets built.
This is mostly a film, TV or video-game based trope, as readers have a lot more tolerance for length
and writing an extra sequence doesn’t cost anything other than time.
For video-games, it can be related to Dummied Out
. With the advent of DLC, this allows makers to finish parts that were not in the main game. The difference of how is received varies greatly as sometimes you are paying more for what originally was going to be included in the original game, while other times it can be expanded into a much larger role (see Fallout: New Vegas
Anime and Manga
- Numerous mobile suit designs and other things cut from the original Mobile Suit Gundam later made it into Zeta Gundam and other sequels. Most notably one of the major characters, Princess Mineva, was originally going to be Degwin Zabi's youngest child in the earliest drafts of the original series (then named Miharu, which wound up being used for a completely different character) instead of his granddaughter.
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom included several sequences originally planned for Raiders of the Lost Ark:
- Much of the original sword fight that would have been between Indy and the swordsman he shot instead made it into the sword fight at the end of Temple of Doom (where Indy tries the same thing, but his gun is missing).
- The minecart chase was originally planned for Raiders (and even storyboarded) but had to be cut for pacing reasons.
- Indy was originally to find the headpiece to the Staff of Ra in Shanghai, but the scene was cut before shooting, but major parts of it (like him using the rolling disk) is in the opening of "Temple".
- The opening to The Lost World: Jurassic Park is adapted from the opening of the first Jurassic Park book.
- A rare case of a scene being shot for the first and used (not remade) in the sequel: The opening to The Karate Kid Part II was originally intended as the ending of Part I.
- The dream sequence from Toy Story 2 and the idea of opening on a Show Within a Show version of Buzz Lightyear were scenes that had originally been planned from the first film.
- Considering the immensity of the Star Wars universe, a lot of ideas get recycled.
- The original outline of A New Hope had scenes and concepts which were reused in the sequels.
- A chase through an asteroid field became one of the major action sequences in The Empire Strikes Back.
- Cloud City in Empire was based on concept art for the Imperial capital city (which was mostly replaced with scenes aboard the Death Star).
- A ground battle at the Rebel base on Yavin was later adapted to the Battle of Endor (a similar forested planetoid) in Return of the Jedi. And while Jedi turned the Wookiee planet into the Ewok one, Revenge of the Sith actually went to Wookiee homeworld Kashyyyk.
- In the original script, Tatooine would have been named Utapau. When The Phantom Menace rolled around, Lucas tried to use the name with the planet that ultimately became Naboo. He was finally able to use the name in Revenge of the Sith for the planet where Obi-Wan Kenobi fights General Grevious.
- The TIE Bombers featured prominently during the asteroid scenes were based on concept drawings for an Imperial boarding craft that was supposed to be shown boarding Princess Leia's ship at the beginning of A New Hope.
- The planet which would become Coruscant was first planned for Jedi, but realizing a planetwide city onscreen was technically impossible at the time, so a second Death Star was used instead.
- The Lion King originally had a scene where Timon refused to go help Simba and Pumbaa trying to encourage him. The P.O.V. Sequel features a similar scene that relates to Timon's overall "dream home" subplot.
- Also, said P.O.V. Sequel takes an unused verse from "Hakuna Matata," and shows Timon's backstory.
- Concept art for "Warthog Rhapsody", which was replaced by "Hakuna Matata", uses a waterfall scene that looks like one used in the P.O.V. Sequel. The tune for the song was reused for "That’s All I Need".
- The lava whales from Atlantis: Milo's Return.
- Vito's backstory in The Godfather Part II is taken from scenes left out of the original novel.
- The bathroom set in X2: X-Men United was originally built for a flashback scene Cyclops discovering his powers, that was left before being shot. Also, a scene similar to what they'd intended turns up in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
- Finn McMissile was originally going to appear in the first Cars film as a character in a movie Lightning McQueen and Sally Carrera were watching in at a drive-in movie theater, but that scene was cut. He did appear in person in the sequel, however.
- Aladdin only features one version of "Arabian Nights". The others which lyricist Howard Ashman had written ended up on both sequels (with the Return of Jafar one also being the TV series theme).
- In The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the prelude to Return of the King featuring Sméagol was originally intended to be a flashback during the Dead Marshes scene in The Two Towers where Frodo voices Gollum's real name to him, sparking old memories.
- Similarly, the scenes where Théoden and co. go to Isengard were originally planned for the end of The Two Towers, but were moved to the beginning of Return of the King due to Ending Fatigue. The talk with Saruman even ended up cut from the theatrical cut as it was anticlimactic, but the Extended Edition restored it as it was meant for watching the trilogy back to back.
- Inverted in the first two Christopher Reeve Superman movies, where the "spin the earth backwards-time travel" ending in the first film was actually planned to be used at the end of the second, but Donner added it to the first film to create a more memorable climax.
- The designs and whatnot for the Klingons in Star Trek: Into Darkness were originally created for scenes cut out of the 2009 film.
- In the Harry Potter books, Ron joins the Quidditch team in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Due to it already being the longest book in the series this storyline was moved in the film adaptations to the next book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The same was done for Luna Lovegood showing her support by wearing a Gryffindor lion hat.
- The opening chapter of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, in which Cornelius Fudge meets with the Muggle Prime Minister, was originally written for the first book. After cutting it from the first book, J. K. Rowling reworked it as an opening for the third and later fifth book, but ultimately it didn't get used until book six.
- In a bigger case of this, the entire Half-Blood Prince storyline was originally intended for the second book (in fact, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was its working title), but Rowling realized "that I had two major plots here that really did not work too well together side-by-side, so one had to be pulled out." She also decided that it was too early in the series to reveal so much information about Snape.
- A subversion of sorts. Rowling considered opening the second book with a scene where Draco Malfoy and Theodore Nott are hanging out together at Malfoy Manor and discussing recent events from their point of view. She later reworked the scene as an opening for the fourth book, but she decided to cut it that time as well. Ultimately, it was never used in the series at all.
- The Discworld short story "The Sea and Little Fishes", published in the collection Legends, edited by Robert Silverberg, originally had a scene in in where Granny Weatherwax went up to the "gnarly ground" to go and sulk in a cave behind a stone witch, and Nanny Ogg had to go and find her. It got cut because Silverberg thought it was slowing things down, but was later greatly expanded for use in Carpe Jugulum.
- The DLC to Fallout: New Vegas is based around this. Originally it was going to be another partner named Ulysses, having been part of Caesar's Legion. He was removed from the main game, but was expanded to being hinted in the first DLC and then becoming a major character in Lonesome Road.
- Fallout: Van Buren was canceled, but the majority of the plot and Caesar's Legion was incorporated into New Vegas.
- And the parts of Van Buren that weren't part of New Vegas proper were used for DLC, namely Honest Hearts.
- Miyamoto once stated he had wanted to have Mario ride a dinosaur as early as the original Super Mario Bros. however the NES limitations prevented it from happening. It was deemed impossible until the fourth main game, Super Mario World.
- Originally, Super Mario Galaxy was going to feature more levels, characters, enemies, and power ups (such as the Cloud Flower and the Rock Mushroom, as well as the inclusion of Yoshi), but all of them were dropped from the final version of the game. However this also led to the creation of the game's sequel, Super Mario Galaxy 2, which became of these abandoned concepts, as well as an Early-Bird Cameo of Yoshi in the first game as two different planets encountered there.
- Similarly, Sonic & Knuckles consists almost entirely of material that was originally intended for Sonic the Hedgehog 3 but was cut due to time and hardware constraints.
- An early version of Map 10 of Doom II can be found in an alpha version of the first game. It was scrapped and carried over to the sequel.
- Word of God is that this is the case for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker which is why the HD remake will not be having any additional dungeons.
- There's speculation that Fado from Wind Waker is to to Fado from Ocarina Of Time. It's a popular theory that the blonde Kokiri girl from the Biggoron Sword quest, officially called "Fado", was a Wind Sage but her role was given to Saria late in development. Come a few years later and we have a blond (male) Kokiri named "Fado" who was the Wind Sage.
- In Pokémon Red and Blue there was supposed to be a character◊ who seemed to be a female protagonist. She was never added, probably due to the fact the cart couldn't handle much more data, but was the basis for Blue in the Pokémon Special adaptation. Come eight years later an she's reused for the remake as a protagonist (Leaf), with new clothes and different bangs.
- Set and vehicle designs that didn't get used in the Star Wars movies are now being incorporated into Star Wars: The Clone Wars, including a communications ship evolving to the battle cruiser Malevolence, George Lucas´wish of involving 50ies saucer designs came true as the ships of choice for Weequay pirates and the original vision of Hoth as an ice planet (instead of snow) came true with Orto Plutonia in the episode Trespass.