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Making multiple films together. Normally Hollywood waits until it knows it's got a hit before ordering up a sequel, but that approach has problems. If they're lucky, the original writers will have left Sequel Hooks, but the seams will still be visible, and they've got to get the original cast back together.

It's so much simpler to make the sequel before the first film is released. The stories can be written to fit together smoothly, and none of the cast are going to disappear, or demand more money. In the case of film adapting books, this can lead to Divided for Adaptation. See also Two-Part Trilogy.

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All the varieties are often sold as Boxed Sets on home video.

Movie multipacks come in three varieties:


Two sequels for the price of one

Following a hit film with a two-pack of sequels, to complete the trilogy. The two sequels are usually released close to each other and form a distinct arc, often with a Cliffhanger at the end of the first sequel. Examples include:

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One story in N parts

When the story is too long to fit in just one part it can be split over several films, all but the last typically ending in a Cliffhanger. Examples:

String of stories

Particularly with book adaptations, the story may naturally come as a multi-volume epic. Each individual film has closure, not a cliffhanger, but together they form a greater whole. Some adaptations have also been subjected to the above "One story in N parts" phenomenon by splitting a book into two films, essentially doubling down on this trope. Examples:

  • Harry Potter
  • Twilight
  • The Hunger Games: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay was split into two films.
  • Divergent. In this case, adapting the final book Allegiant into two films resulted in disaster when the first part flopped at the box office. Lionsgate intended to produce Ascendant as a TV movie and/or miniseries to resolve the cliffhanger, but lead actress Shailene Woodley dropped out as it wasn't what she was hired to do, and the plans were ultimately cancelled.
  • It and It: Chapter Two; the novel alternates between two time periods, which the films divide into two mostly distinct movies.
  • After X premiered at the 2022 SXSW festival, director Ti West revealed that a prequel called Pearl was shot in secret alongside it.

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