KeithM on Aug 15th 2015 at 2:30:58 AM
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JLCarter on Feb 19th 2019 at 6:53:03 PM
Page Type: Trope
You have a classic property, one that's made money hand over fist for you for years, perhaps decades, but now, it's getting a little long in the tooth. Maybe it's dated, maybe recent installments have tarnished its name, maybe it's just bogged down in Continuity Lockout. Resetting the thing to bring in new fans sounds like a good idea, but you're afraid the backlash among existing fans to a Continuity Reboot will be epic in its drama. What to do? Well, instead of starting over, dip into the Troper Well and pull out a way of explaining you're not really tossing away the classic stories the fans love. No, this is an Alternate Timeline. Or a sequel set sometime after the events of the old series that mentions the things fans loved but quietly neglects or RetCons the things not so beloved. Or a prequel, or even a separate adventure taking place somewhere else so you have an excuse not to mention the events of the original series.
In short, it's an in-continuity remake. A compromise between making a sequel and a remake/reboot.
- The rebooted Star Trek films take place in an alternate timeline, with Old!Spock's presence confirming that everything that happened in the original Star Trek universe still happened, and Word of God that said original timeline still exists, albeit one where Old!Spock disappeared into a black hole.
- Superman Returns acknowledged the events of the Christopher Reeve films Superman and Superman II but ignored the far less liked subsequent sequels.
- The Highlander universe...oy.
- Highlander III: The Sorcerer was a direct sequel to the first film, and ignored the second and the TV series.
- Highlander: Endgame ignored the second and third films, and attempted to merge the first film and the TV series.
- Highlander: The Source was intended to follow on from the TV series, didn't contradict the events of Highlander: Endgame (but doesn't acknowledge them either), and again ignores the second and third films.
- Prometheus ended up being a prequel to the Aliens universe and altering some long-held ideas about the setting.
- An upcoming Predator film is planned to acknowledge the events of the first two films, bringing aspects from Predators regarding clan warfare between rival factions, and ignoring the Alien vs. Predator films.
- Jurassic World recognizes the events of Jurassic Park but glosses over or outright ignores the events of the sequels.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past recognizes the events of some of the previous films, but only when convenient. For the most part, it acts as if the bulk of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine never happened uness otherwise mentioned.
- X Men Wolverine was something of a soft reboot for the Wolverine trilogy as well. It acted as if X-Men Origins: Wolverine never happened, even though when that movie came out in 2009 it was intended to be the new direction the franchise was taking.
- Mad Max: Fury Road was a soft reboot for the Mad Max franchise. Nothing in the previous three movies was explicitly mentioned and nothing important was contradicted, but it seemed to be going out of its way to ignore Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.
- Highlander: The Series was intended as a prequel to the first film Highlander, but eventually was assumed to be a sort of Alternate Continuity, and ignored Highlander II: The Quickening. Highlander The Raven was set in the same continuity.
- Some will argue that Star Trek: The Next Generation was supposed to be this for the Star Trek franchise. While most fans now consider both Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation to be canon, at the time the first two seasons were being made, Gene Roddenberry was working under the explicit assumption that the original series was no longer canon for the most part.
- To some extent, The Next Generation's third season was a soft reboot of the show. New uniforms are introduced this season, the lighting is different, and a lot of the stuff that happened previously that could have become long, ongoing arcs for the franchise were never mentioned again. Fans generally agree this is the point where The Next Generation started getting good.
- Mass Effect Andromeda is set in a different galaxy from the Milky Way, over 600 years after the original trilogy, with the characters having gone into stasis at about the same time as the events of the second game and in intergalactic space during the events of the third game, allowing the creators the opportunity to not have the climactic events of the Mass Effect Trilogy (and the different endings and player choices) be referenced. This lampshaded at one point when a news broadcast mentions they've sent a message back to the Milky Way but haven't heard a response yet.
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