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Sometimes, for whatever reason, the license holders of a franchise decide not to continue it. And sometimes, for whatever reason, the fan community decides to make a sequel of their own in the same medium. This is a Fan Sequel.

The reasons why a developer or a publisher decide not to make a sequel are many. Sometimes, they feel that there are not enough loose ends with which to string up a whole new plot. Sometimes, they don't think there is an audience. Sometimes, they are just sick of the franchise. Whatever the reason, all that matters is that there is no official sequel, and that there is a dedicated fanbase.

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Sadly, most Fan Sequels end with an announcement on the website assuring fans that the developers are still working, even after six months of zero updates. Normally, despite this assurance, this will be the last update. This is simply because development is an extremely grueling and tiresome process and not for the faint of heart, and many fan devs just don't have the cohesiveness and professional resources that the official dev teams do. Life gets in the way, attitudes sour, and projects hit the shelves. Alternatively, you might end up with a project being passed around like a hot potato and it somehow miraculously manages to bounce between a slew of devs who pick it up and toss it, resulting in a finished work that is now effectively a collaboration; if done well, the work looks and feels seamlessly put together, but if done poorly, you can spot mangled elements where one team took over from another.

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Those that make it past this stage will be well on track to be hit by a cease and desist order, courtesy of the publisher's legal department. In most cases, the reason cited include is avoiding confusion with possible future official releases. Normally, this is the definite death of a fan sequel. It is a sad but hard fact of life that production must be done in accordance to intellectual property guidelines, through proper connections and channels and regional barriers, and fan works tend to completely ignore the red tape.

But sometimes, a publisher can be persuaded to allow the fan sequel to continue to completion. When this happens, a fan sequel is eventually released. The ones that make it to this point tend to be either very good, as the weak have been culled from the herd by the above barriers, or absolutely terrible, as it's been slapped together quickly and shoved out the door.

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In rare cases, you might end up with the project receiving Approval of God, where the fan work is smiled upon by official creators, but this is one of the most difficult tasks to accomplish, because it takes a special mind to make a fan work flattering and faithful to the original enough to achieve this status, and you have to do something to strike attention with the creators or have a line to people involved in the official setting — something which many fan works grossly overlook.

See P.O.V. Sequel for a common kind of literary 'answer' to literary works (though P.O.V. Sequel also covers official works by the original author), Spiritual Successor for an un-official sequel of another kind, Continuation for the Fan Fiction variety, and Fan Remake for when the fans actually decide to recreate the game itself. Can overlap with Recursive Fanfiction in case the Fan Sequel is made for another Fan Work.


Examples: (sorted by original medium)

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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • There are many continuations of The Dark Knight even though it has an official conclusion in The Dark Knight Rises. Though, perhaps the most well-known and best received would be web-series, The Joker Blogs, following up on the character's capture at the end of The Dark Knight. So far, the series has two confirmed seasons.
  • When the Indiana Jones film series was stuck in Development Hell after the release of Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and before the official announcement of Indiana Jones 5, a particular fan project sought to keep the character alive during the interim. The Indiana Jones Interrogations is a mini-series currently airing on YouTube and Vimeo, produced by a small but passionate sect of Indy fans, and starring Jonathan Rogers, previously known for his Minnesota Anthony series. It is pretty unorthodox for a fan film of the character in that it uses a Found Footage format, but one that is logical to the franchise's world. Each installment is designed to resemble old, damaged interrogation tapes from the 1930s, that depict Indy being brutally questioned while in Nazi custody. Also unorthodox in that it's focus is not on action, but on exploring Indy's psyche, and which includes patching up some of the plot holes presented by the films, concerning his religious beliefs. While it only features one character on camera (Indy), it has a supporting cast of off-screen characters too, and is heavily influenced by the format of the early episodes of The Joker Blogs.
  • Streets of Fire got an unofficial sequel, Road To Hell, even having some of the same actors. After a troubled production it was completed in 2013 and released on DVD in 2019.
  • Wizard of Oz 3: Dorothy Goes to Hell, an animated Fan Sequel that James Rolfe made to The Wizard of Oz and Return to Oz, although it's more of a Crack Sequel.
  • There is a high quality fan sequel movie to Serenity called Browncoats: Redemption. The quality is such that even Joss Whedon has given it his stamp of approval.
  • "Manos" The Revenge of Torgo is a game which is not only a sequel to the infamous film Manos: The Hands of Fate, but also a prequel to Splatterhouse.
  • A sequel comic to the film Super Mario Bros. is currently being developed by a team of writers with input from the original screenwriter.
  • This guy made a call to arms for various communities (including "the local community college") to produce fifteen sequels to Jaws before October 21st, 2015, in response to a scene in Back to the Future Part II.
  • Black Panther got not one, but two sequel movies (titled Wakanda Forever) made by Nollywood a month after being released.
  • Return of the Witch is this for Halloween III: Season of the Witch taking place 36 years after the original film and starring Connor Cochran, the grandson of the Big Bad from the previous film. It was released on October 2018.

    Literature 
  • There are many fan-published sequels and continuations, POV Sequels and what have you for the works of Jane Austen, and especially Pride and Prejudice. The above-mentioned legal issues rarely come into play, however, as Austen's works and characters are now in the Public Domain.
  • Likewise, Sherlock Holmes has had many, many fan-written continuations in multiple media.
  • Older Than They Think example: The original Don Quixote novel was so popular, than an unofficial sequel was written and passed off as the real thing, prompting the original author to write an official sequel which ended the story quite conclusively.
  • The Aeneid to The Iliad. Older Than Feudalism.
  • The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel, by Nikos Kazantzakis.
  • Peter Pan has had numerous sequels by other hands since it fell into the public domain, including Gilbert Adair's Peter Pan and the Only Children, and the prequel Peter and the Starcatchers.
  • Alice in Wonderland got a published fan sequel as early as 1895, with Anna M. Richards' A New Alice in the Old Wonderland, and numerous others since (including Gilbert Adair again with Alice Through the Needle's Eye).
  • Alice Randall wrote The Wind Done Gone as an alternate retelling of Gone with the Wind from the point of view of Scarlett's unacknowledged mixed-race sister Cynara. The Mitchell estate sued, forcing Randall to label it as a parody in order for it to be protected under Fair Use. The Wind Done Gone takes itself pretty darn seriously - it's a "parody" in the strict legal sense of being a satirical commentary on the original. It is very much not a comedy.
  • There is a fan film sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird called To Lose A Finch. It is also somewhat of a spiritual successor, due to the fact there are but a few direct links.
  • There is a Russian Sequel to Aliens (up to the third movie), where the entire premise is that the whole Aliens being aggressive part is one big misunderstanding. Turns out one Alien female had sex before marriage, and had to hide the consequences. She slipped into an alien ship, whose crew vaguely resembled the somewhat humanoid (and moderately sentient) creatures living in symbiosis with the Aliens and carrying out their young without risk for themselves. She thought the crew will raise her children — turned out the she didn't take into account the differences in anatomy.
  • Several authors have tried their hand at writing a sequel to Flatland, all, so far, focusing on one aspect of the original book at the expense of the others:
    • "Sphereland: A Fantasy About Curved Spaces and an Expanding Universe," by Dionys Burger, features A Square's grandson and tries to explain curved spaces and expanding universes in the same way Flatland tried to explain dimensions.
    • "Flatterland: Like Flatland, Only More So" by Ian Stewart. Follows another one of A Square's descendants and her ventures with an interdimensional Space Hopper. Sacrifices plot and social commentary for higher math theories and puns.
    • "Spaceland: A Novel of the Fourth Dimension" by Rudy Rucker. A Non-Linear Sequel / Spiritual Sequel with its focus on the plot of Silicon Vally hotshot Joe Cube and his encounter with Momo, a woman from the forth dimension.
  • The Ring of Darkness by Nick Perumov is this to The Lord of the Rings.
  • Awake in the Night Land, by John C. Wright, continues and expands upon William Hope Hodgson's The Night Land.
  • The Judge Dee series has an unofficial Fan Sequel of sorts by a French author, creatively titled "The new Judge Dee adventures", that basically keeps the same characters but takes a very different tone in narration and characterization.
  • 1985 by Hungarian author Gyorgy Dalos acts as a sequel to Orwell's 1984.
  • A man also calling himself John Kennedy Toole and claiming to be the original's illegitamite son wrote a sequel novel to A Confederacy of Dunces called A Cornucopia of Dunderheads that focused on Ignatius' adventures in New York.
  • Jules Verne's An Antarctic Mystery is a sequel to The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket.
  • The War of the Worlds, due to its Public Domain status, has quite a few. The very first one was Edison's Conquest of Mars, which was a sequel to a bootleg edition of the novel. There was also a TV show, a comic book, an adult cartoon movie, a neo-B-Movie entitled War of the Worlds II-The Next Wave by Pendragon Pictures (who also released a low-budget and quite unfaithful adaptation of the original), an Anthology of stories about the martian invasion from around the globe (and on Mars itself in one instance; said instance being a crossover with John Carter of Mars). There was even a sequel that merged War of the Worlds and The First Men in the Moon wherein the martians enslave the selenites. It took nearly 120 years to get an OFFICIAL sequel, The Massacre Of Mankind.

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    Music 
  • Der Gerettete Alberich, a percussion concerto by Christopher Rouse, is a modern sequel to Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung.
  • LUXE Vol. 2 is a sequel to the Adult Swim compilation, LUXE.
  • Since Animusic 3 became Vaporwave, many "Fanimusic" videos of computer-animated music have been made. It's common for people to create a remix based on the "Pipe Dream" set, since it is the breakout hit and received an official sequel in the form of "Pipe Dream 2". Examples of such fan videos include "Fan-Made Pipe Dream" and "Pipe Dream Redux".

    Theater 
  • The Comden and Green musical A Doll's Life is a sequel to A Doll's House.
  • Noah Lukeman's The Tragedy of Macbeth, Part II: The Seed of Banquo is a fan sequel to Macbeth, following up on the Witches' prophesy that Fleance would eventually usurp the throne of Scotland from Malcolm.
  • As a proper threequel to Grease will likely never happen, having spent years in Development Hell (despite actually landing John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as leads at one point), an unofficial stage installment titled "Grease 3: Threase!" appeared in its stead.

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    Visual Novels 

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    Western Animation 

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